Latest in Gear

Image credit: Roberto Baldwin/Engadget

Tesla restores free premium in-car internet for some owners

It might be tied to where you live.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 18, 2020
245 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Tesla Model 3 navigation with Autopilot
Roberto Baldwin/Engadget

Tesla currently reserves some of its in-car internet features for paying subscribers, but it might be making an exception for some owners. Drivers talking to Electrek say they’re suddenly receiving Premium Connectivity features for free, including satellite maps and media streaming over cellular. The company appears to have changed its eligibility requirements for Premium, but it’s not certain how or why.

All of the owners reporting the change are from Canada, with at least one driving a 2019 Model 3, but it doesn’t appear to apply to all Canadians.

We’ve asked Tesla for comment.

We wouldn’t count on Tesla giving away Premium Connectivity to many drivers. It charges $10 US per month in part to offset the heavier data use. Those costs could eat into Tesla’s bottom line over the lifetime of a vehicle. However, any change would be significant — it suggests that you don’t need to own a car from before the July 2018 cutoff to get full online features, at least under the right circumstances.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
245 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Razer Tomahawk modular gaming PC is now available for $2,400

Razer Tomahawk modular gaming PC is now available for $2,400

View
Razer reveals Hammerhead Pro earbuds with ANC and THX audio

Razer reveals Hammerhead Pro earbuds with ANC and THX audio

View
macOS Big Sur review: A mix of new and familiar

macOS Big Sur review: A mix of new and familiar

View
Destiny 2's next-gen upgrade requires downloading the game again

Destiny 2's next-gen upgrade requires downloading the game again

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr