Volkswagen has introduced a new feature for its Car-Net connected vehicle service that allows you to access 4G data from two major US telecoms.
It is referred to as “Carrier of Choice” because it provides the option of Verizon or T-Mobile, making it relatively simple to add your vehicle to an existing mobile plan.
VW owners in the United States will be able to access the subscription plan options beginning in September via VW’s dedicated website or its mobile app.
You can then add an account to your current mobile wireless provider (assuming it’s Verizon or T-Mobile) and link it to your existing Volkswagen Car-Net subscription.
It will then show up as a new line item on your current bill. If you aren’t already a customer of one of these carriers, you can get unlimited 4G data for $20 per month.
Car-Net provides connected car features such as remote start, vehicle locking and unlocking, maintenance, status, teen driver alerts (curfew, boundary, speed), and more.
These features are accessible remotely from both iPhone and Android smartphones via VW’s updated mobile app. It also includes a WiFi hotspot that provides “unlimited” 4G connectivity to up to four devices.
In addition to these features, VW offers a paid subscription to the iHeartRadio and TIDAL media streaming apps. It also offers a $49 per year “Plus Nav” subscription with real-time traffic and route updates, a $8 per year radio subscription with 30,000 global stations, and a $9 per year natural language speech option.
Of course, VW models from 2019 and up include CarPlay and Android Auto support, allowing you to take advantage of many of these features for free. Car-Net is standard on most Volkswagen vehicles from the 2020 model year and later.