HI everyone. I m a prospective buyer of an i3 and where I live CPO vehicles are not available as the authorized BMW dealer only brings down the REX version whereas a number of 2014 and 2015 BEVs used in UK are imported and used alongside the REX version in local roads. As a matter of fact, the BMW connected drive is not available for BEVs not sourced from third parties AFAIK.
I understand that the Telematic communication box located under the rear seat of the car contains the HSPA modem and SIM card that enables the BMW i3 to communicate with rest of the world.
My question is whether it is possible to use a data sim of my own (I pay the subscription) with this to use the BMW I remote app.
I’m not really interested in the navigation as google maps with phone/tab can be used always if needed. But I’d like to use the functions like preconditioning and other features available via ‘i remote app’ which are not accessible for me due to the lack of service infrastructure here. Also that would enable accessing the online software updates that would otherwise require dealer visits.
I wish at least there were wifi connectivity and Bluetooth which would enable me to use the "i remote" from by home and office because my home garage and office parking lot both gets wifi signal.
Thank you !