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MetroPCS Offering Free Device that Automates Your Vehicle

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With the way technology is going right now, it's really only a matter of time until everything becomes automated. The only concern left is its affordability and access to it. But it looks like T-Mobile is making an effort to bridge the gap between those two things, especially when it comes to automated cars.

Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that it will be extending availability of its SyncUp Drive connected car product to its prepaid brand, MetroPCS. The product, rebranded into the new MetroSMART Ride tag, gives prepaid users a way to smarten up their vehicles too.

The service offered by MetroPCS functions through an LTE-capable dongle that can easily be plugged into the OBD-II (on-board diagnostics) port found in most vehicles manufactured from 1996 and above. This then connects to the user's smartphone, where they can access information about their vehicle.

MetroPCS is offering the service for $10 per month, which comes with car trouble alerts, GPS tracking and location, fuel levels, notifications when a parked car gets towed or hit, roadside assistance from Allstate Motor Club, and 2GB per month of in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Once that data allotment is used up, you can buy more hotspot data for $5 (2GB), $10 (5GB), or $20 (10GB).

Right now, you can snag the MetroSMART Ride tag from MetroPCS stores. What's really cool is that MetroPCS is offering this for free for a limited time period. All you have to do is add the service to a new or existing account.

This isn't the first time we're hearing about T-Mobile's SyncUp Drive. It was first announced in 2016 with a partnership with ZTE and Mojio. Verizon also followed this initiative with its own Verizon Vehicle, which has since been rebranded to Hum. In May, T-Mobile announced that over 700,000 SyncUp Drive devices had been deployed.

Will you be getting one for your vehicle?


Source: FierceWireless  

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  1. Let someone else beta test automated vehicles.

    I'll wait for the finalized, more polished product.

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    1. This has nothing at all to do with automated vehicles

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    2. It has everything to do with automated automobiles. Once you plug in one of these dongles, all it takes is even a simple command for the car to go to Lincoln, Nebraska without you and come back with a bag of large (albeit cold) fries from a McDonald's drive in.

      IF you plug the dongle into a reliable car like a Honda or Toyota, it is likely that the car will bring back food. If you plug it into a Chrysler or other UAW-made automobile, it will either drop its engine or explode somewhere in southern Illinois.

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  2. say no to automated vehicles period!

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  3. 700,000 users are using it now so it is way beyond beta testing with $7 million of revenue for TMobile each month.
    This plan seems to offer more than what I read a similar add-on OBD device offers from Ford. That one offered remote start via the internet and smart phone apps for Ford cars going back several years for more $ each month.

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    1. Apples and oranges. Why would I sign up for Metro just to get this?

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  4. Does the MetroSmart OBD device allow remote starting of compatible vehicles using the app on the phone?
    If any MetroPCS stores see this please reply with the info.
    I just discovered that the MPCS web site has NO ability to send them an email and the 1 888 phone number at this time WILL NOT transfer any calls to any live agents.
    Seems really anti customer service from HQ corporate. |
    We always got good help and service in our local MPCS stores....

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  5. I am ready to pay $50 for device itself but monthly service fee should be 1$

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    1. Theres alot of benefits and $10 is nothing compared to what youre actually getting.
      you can geofence
      locate your car
      tell if it has been disturbed
      vehicle health
      driver behavior and the list goes on and on

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  6. oh, another tracking tool and way to make money off you!

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    1. Youre not forced to buy it... and its free so...

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    2. Educate yourselves.
      For $10.00 you get:
      Vehicle health and Status checks.
      Roadside assistance.
      GPS tracking and Geo fencing.
      Driver and Trip history.
      It also lets you know if your car has been disturbed.
      and it works on vehicles that are 1996 and above.
      The Hotspot isnt the main focus and isnt how it targets customers. Metro pcs targets those who have cars and care about them.

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  7. See www.moj.io for data monetization.
    "Mojio Unlocks Hidden Data from Nearly Any Car. Your customers’ cars are computers on wheels generating massive amounts of data. Behavioral Data: Mojio collects data points to measure key driving behavior indicators: Location and Frequency, Speeding, Harsh Braking, Rapid Acceleration, Hard Cornering.

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  8. Does this device support Tmobile's bands 66 and 71?

    After the 2GB are used up do you get unlimited throttled data like Metros other plans?

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    1. nope. after the 2gbs you get nothing unless you add more.

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  9. I don't see how this "automates" your car. Will the car come get me on the other side of the mall when I call it with my Samsung watch? Will it make me a sandwich? If all it does it tracks the car and tell you when you're low on gas, that's a pretty loose definition of "automates."

    If you find utility in a 2GB hotspot and Allstate roadside assistance for $10, then it might be worth it, but I don't buy the "automates your car" marketing jargon. I asked someone in a Metro store about data overage and he said he "thinks" it's a hard cap and will stop. If anyone gets it and uses up the data (for educational purposes) please let us know

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    1. "I don't see how this "automates" your car. Will the car come get me on the other side of the mall when I call it with my Samsung watch?"

      I thought there was a button on Batman's utility belt to do just this.

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    2. "Autonomous" and "Automated" aren't the same thing.

      M2M (in this case, location, speed, fuel level, and other telemetry) is absolutely a form of automation.

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    3. Educate yourself.
      For $10.00 you get:
      Vehicle health and Status checks.
      Roadside assistance.
      GPS tracking and Geo fencing.
      Driver and Trip history.
      It also lets you know if your car has been disturbed.
      and it works on vehicles that are 1996 and above.
      The Hotspot isnt the main focus and isnt how it targets customers. Metro pcs targets those who have cars and care about them.

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