Tesla will offer $9.99 “premium connectivity” package allowing Netflix streaming

Tesla will start to charge a monthly fee for its Premium Connectivity in-car service. Owners will have to pay $9.99 each month to use features such as Netflix and Spotify.
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Tesla vehicles such as the Model 3 will now require a paid subscription to enable the majority of its connectivity features. Photo: Tesla

What will change?

From New Year’s Day, Tesla will be introducing the change to all owners of the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 who bought the vehicle from July 1, 2018. Teslarati reports that owners were notified about the change by email over the weekend.

Previously, aspects such as video streaming, music streaming, satellite-view maps, internet browsing, and live traffic visualization had complimentary access.

Now, if users want to access the majority with these without their own WiFi, they will have to pay up. Furthermore, satellite-view maps and live traffic visualization won’t even be able to be accessed with WiFi for standard users. Without the premium package, users will only be able to have navigation as part of their connectivity plan.

Additionally, those who receive Tesla Model 3 Standard Range and Standard Range Plus autos before the end of this year will be given a free 30-day trial of Premium Connectivity.

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Teslas have a massive range of abilities when it comes to connectivity. Photo: jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) via Wikimedia Commons

It’s no surprise

This move will leave users annoyed as they will now have to pay for a service that was previously free. However, Tesla did announce that this would be the plan last summer. In fact, the electric vehicle manufacturer said that the current incarnation is actually a free trial.

This trial period was only supposed to be for a year but this has been extended by another five months. In addition, even those who backed Tesla from earlier times shouldn’t be so shocked about the move. Back in 2013, the company informed that a free data connectivity service would only be available for a limited time.

“To further enhance the driver experience, new Model S customers will now receive free data connectivity and internet radio for four years,” said in a shareholder letter, as reported by Teslarati.

“As an added benefit to our existing Model S customers, the free four year period starts on January 1, 2014. To be fair to all, in rare cases, a customer may be charged for extreme data use.”

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Model S users should have expected these changes many years ago. Photo: Tesla

Yet another charge

Moreover, for what is included in the package, the price still seems to be good value for money. However, this service is yet another subscription that people have to sign up for.

Many Tesla users will already be paying for various other data plans, video streaming services, TV packages, audio streaming services, and car fees. Even though this charge may seem like a small price by itself, it adds to a list of growing fees that users have to pay to keep connected.

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