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Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:53 pm
by djbrh
ATT extended 3G’s life until Feb 2022:

https://www.att.com/support/article/wireless/KM1324171/

I’m still hoping for a low-cost upgrade to the telematics box. They can’t just let basic services top working, I wouldn’t think.


—Donnie

Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:14 pm
by alohart
djbrh wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:53 pm
ATT extended 3G’s life until Feb 2022:
Thanks for pointing out my mistype! AT&T's 3G end-of-life has been February, 2022, for at least a year, so it hasn't extended this date recently. I corrected my original post.

Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:37 pm
by symonray
I just read this post in the Facebook BMW i3 Worldwide Group.

Apparently, Mr. Dupre resides in the United States and recently called BMW after his ConnectedDrive services stopped working.

Peter Dupre > ‎BMW i3 Worldwide Group
BMW just informed me that they will not renew my connected drive service because my 2016 i3 has 2G or 3G service which they are not supporting anymore. I am really unhappy about this. Hello Tesla

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Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:58 pm
by Deutsch100
I thought BMW said 3G would start going away Dec. 2021? :(

Re: Optional ConnectedDrive services no longer available in store

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:18 am
by MKH
If BMW had planned to offer an upgrade to the 4G telematics module at a reasonable price, wouldn't it have done so by now so that those pre-LCI (pre-2018) i3 owners who wanted to renew these subscriptions could do so without worrying about these services becoming unavailable before the expiration dates of these subscriptions? To me, this seems like evidence that no reasonable upgrade path will be offered which is a shame.
I'm a little surprised that it looks like BMW is taking this route. It could (and should) blow up into real major negative PR for BMW. In today's connected world, a lot of people will cross BMW off their list of future purchasing choices if BMW drops support for ongoing connectivity in their already sold cars simply because they are too cheap to offer an upgrade path for their outdated telematics module. Though I think they are going to be quite surprised at how few people are going to be interested in buying their bloated overweight yesterday's idea of electric hybrids anyway.