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Old 06-18-2016, 10:59 AM
platech platech is offline
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BMW will not renew cellular service

My car's 4yr/50K warr expired June 9 and that ended the on-board cell phone service in the car and they will not renew. This means no more ConnectedDrive, Concierge, BMWassist so all those menus got modified to disappear or change. I was told also no more SOS button function. The phone tech said since January 2016 they discontinued service for pre 2013 cars.They simply told me my car was on 2G/3G cell and they only offer svc for newer 4G cars. It all worked fine until it expired, however not very fast or useful.

I had been hoping for upgrades with aps like the newer cars but instead its turned off completely. So, how about owners who expected to enjoy these services for the life of thier ownership? Are those people going to demand that legally? Are there any possible upgrades on hardware out there for the 101--2012 cars?
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:45 PM
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From what I understand, the cellular carriers discontinued 2G service throughout the US and BMW has no plans to upgrade the phone cards in the pre 2013 cars. I think the cost to upgrade would be prohibitive both for BMW and the consumer.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:09 PM
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I don't think it is worth $300/year anyways (I don't think I would pay if was $30/year - smart phone covers pretty much all they have offered) so no tears on my face.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:10 PM
Wongway Wongway is offline
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I'm sorry, because this won't be terribly helpful to you;

I didn't buy the BMW for the cell phone / Connected Drive / BMW Assist, etc. I bought mine for the level of fun while driving. So when I looked for mine, I looked for the most decontented one I could find.

On the plus side, there's a lot less for me to worry about to go wrong over the life of my ownership. And realistically, the electronics on these cars will likely go (expensively), long before the mechanical stuff does (so long as you maintain the car well).
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:33 PM
platech platech is offline
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Thanks for the input guys. Im fine without it all, it was not very useful, and very slow. However driving fast and attentive means I prefer to use the car for locating fuel prices or some business location, not fumbling with the cellphone. In any case the SOS button still works and so does the data going to it. I made a test call and police came up fast on the line.
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