Just this week, T-Mobile has recently announced a new free update to the companion app of its SyncUp Drive service. With this latest update, users of the mobile app can now simultaneously track up to 24 different cars, including monitor the vehicles’ real time coordinates, create multiple geofences, and even generate diagnostics information for each vehicle fitted with a SyncUp Drive device.
For those not familiar with T-Mobile’s SyncUp Drive, users can plug the device into a vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBDII) port. Once a car gets fitted with the feature, it basically transforms into a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. What is so cool about this service from T-Mobile is that it can be used on old vehicles, even those up to a couple of decades old, essentially bringing today’s connected car technology to old cars.
It is safe to say that not everybody is sold on the concept of connected vehicles yet. But for those willing to embrace the latest that today’s technology can provide, T-Mobile’s SyncUp Drive feature is actually quite handy, especially for big families with kids old enough to start driving. The service is also useful for business establishments and organizations who deploy a fleet of vehicles. The SyncUp Drive’s monitoring capabilities can be put to good use by bosses making sure each company car and its whereabouts are all accounted for.
It bears noting though that those who want to take full advantage of SyncUp Drive’s capabilities better be prepared to shoulder some costs. While being able to track up to 24 vehicles is cool and all, one has to be prepared to pay the $150 price. It is a good thing then that T-Mobile offers another option -- users can grab a SyncUp Drive by way of a two year installment option, which involves paying $48 after 24 monthly bill credits. However, this deal would also mean getting a wireless Internet plan with at least 2 gigabytes of data.
T-Mobile first unveiled its SyncUp Drive feature back in November of last year. In developing this offering, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States teamed up with Chinese tech giant ZTE and Mojio, a startup firm that specializes in developing connected car technology. ZTE took care of the manufacturing of the SyncUp Drive device, while it was Mojio that handled the software and connectivity aspects.
The SyncUp Drive service is made available in participating T-Mobile outlets and online.
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