Tesla's Premium In-Car Internet Stops Being Free July 1 | Tech News
The cost of owning a Tesla electric vehicle is set to increase from July 1 if you want full access to the internet on your travels. That’s because Tesla is ending its free in-car internet offer as standard on all new vehicles.
If you already own a Tesla, don’t worry, your internet service is not changing and won’t incur any new charges. However, from next month new Tesla owners will have a choice. Either select a Standard Connectivity Package for free or pay for a Premium Connectivity Package.
As HotHardware reports, the Standard package includes cellular navigation, traffic-based routing, and over-the-air (OTA) updates for your vehicle. Importantly, only safety-related OTA updates will happen over cellular. Other updates will require a WiFi connection.
The Premium package is the equivalent of what existing Tesla owners already enjoy for free. It includes live traffic visualizations, satellite maps, and all OTA updates handled over the cellular connection. Web browsing and music streaming are also available to use.
The cost of the Premium package is yet to be revealed, but we can expect it to be around $100 per year. That’s not bad considering the extra features it offers, but at the same time frustrating for new owners who know others are enjoying the same service for free. If you purchase a Model S or Model X, expect one year of the Premium package to be thrown in for free.