Autonet Mobile, which is providing Internet service for vehicles, announced nationwide availability of its wireless router at more than 3,300 Advance Auto Parts stores and online to enable drivers to turn their automobiles into a rolling WiFi hotspot.
The auto parts store is selling Autonet Mobile as an in-car entertainment accessory for $400 with a monthly fee of $29 for 1 GB of data or $59 per month for 5 GB of data. The Autonet Mobile wireless router product is compatible with all car, truck and RV makes and models and uses CDMA EV-DO Rev. A infrastructure to connect nationwide. The company believes the offering is attractive for families, road warriors and small business users. The service works with any WiFi-enabled device, Autonet Mobile said.
Autonet is behind Cadillac's new in-car WiFi offering for its CTS sport sedan. The new option, called Cadillac WiFi by Autonet, will be installed by the dealer with a $499 price tag with a $29 per month fee. The company has also partnered with large automobile manufacturers like Chrysler and their supply chain partners, such as Delphi, to provide connectivity for users in vehicles. The company's investors include Morganthaler and Easton Capital.
Novatel Wireless and AutoNet Mobile announced last year they would use nationwide CDMA EV-DO Rev. A infrastructure to connect vehicles to the Web, turning automobiles into traveling WiFi hotspots of sorts.
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