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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:39 PM
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BMW Hotspot

If I understand the BMW Hotspot correctly, I can get it installed at any dealership?
Would the service be through AT&T or some different mainstream service?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:40 AM
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If I understand the BMW Hotspot correctly, I can get it installed at any dealership?
Would the service be through AT&T or some different mainstream service?
Wi fi for the car?!
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:29 AM
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Wi fi for the car?!
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:41 AM
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That's awesome! I hope I can get this too!
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:22 AM
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im confused. Why wouldn't anyone with just a phone already have wifi wherever they are? (my iphone and ipad are hotspots where I need it)

It seems that if you are going to buy a cellular 'appliance' and have a data service associated with it, why tether it to a car???????
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Use your phone or go buy a mifi
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:50 AM
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im confused. Why wouldn't anyone with just a phone already have wifi wherever they are? (my iphone and ipad are hotspots where I need it)

It seems that if you are going to buy a cellular 'appliance' and have a data service associated with it, why tether it to a car???????
My iPhone is perfect with 4G, but Apple is shady with their wifi on the iPad. You have to pay for a separate plan for that so it would be nice to have wifi in the car for that reason.
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My iPhone is perfect with 4G, but Apple is shady with their wifi on the iPad. You have to pay for a separate plan for that so it would be nice to have wifi in the car for that reason.
But why anchor it to the car? Get a MiFi from Verizon, the device is free, service is something like $30/month for 4GB and you can use it anywhere.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:37 AM
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But why anchor it to the car? Get a MiFi from Verizon, the device is free, service is something like $30/month for 4GB and you can use it anywhere.
If it would require me leaving AT&T then no can do. I'm a loyalist since I have free unlimited data! Lol
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If it would require me leaving AT&T then no can do. I'm a loyalist since I have free unlimited data! Lol
AT&T offers the same devices and service.
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AT&T offers the same devices and service.
Hmm, then I may have to investigate this matter. Thanks!
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BMW hotspot is a great idea, however I didnt think it was available until the new idrive was launched.

Bmw Hotspot:
Pro:
Interfaces seemlessly with the car (charging, antenna extended, and clean interface)
Con:
Expensive plan options
Bulky device that looks like a taser that you have to take if you wanna use it externally (essentially a mifi device)

As others have said just buy a wireless modem alot of mobile providers offer ( AT&T, tmobile, Verizon, sprint, clear wire etc)
Pros:
Cheaper
Not tethered to vehicle charger
Mobile (u can use it anywhere and everywhere)
Doesn't look like a taser

Cons:
Car cannot use it
You have to buy a dc charger/inverter to keep it charged

I say mifi, from a financial and usability pov
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:02 AM
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Hmm, then I may have to investigate this matter. Thanks!
AT&T has a cool MiFi out with a touchscreen. My work let me have one for a couple days when we were testing out different providers here in Boston. I just ended up taking the $50 a month and using it on my bill because I already have unlimited data thru AT&T. You can't get unlimited data on MiFi devices.
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