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    I don't think it would be that hard to figure out who the current carrier is. You have a full Internet browser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neroden View Post
    OK, let's get some clarity here. There is no way I am paying for a connectivity plan. (I don't even have a cellphone; I just dont think it's worth it.)
    However, Tesla likes to upload software updates over the air. So, what will Tesla's software update procedure be if I refuse to get a connectivity plan? Does Tesla simply pay for the 3G service and limit it to software updates? Or does Tesla send up the Rangers to update the software over USB once a year? (Which is fine.)

    I suppose I should ask Tesla.

    Wifi, I might actually use.
    Quote Originally Posted by qwk View Post
    To further add to this, what happens when their carrier does not provide cell service in the area? The updates would have to be done manually, or the car driven to where there is service available.
    I believe Wifi connectivity is coming, so there's always that option. I suppose if not, then it can be done during service updates or perhaps the updates come over the free 3G they use to monitor the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neroden View Post
    So, what will Tesla's software update procedure be if I refuse to get a connectivity plan? Does Tesla simply pay for the 3G service and limit it to software updates?
    I was under the impression all Model S vehicles will have a connection for receiving updates and sending telemetry -- on Tesla's dime. The "pay for" 3G service would be for the browser, map info, streaming media, etc.

    That's my understanding but I don't recall anything official being stated on the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by contaygious View Post
    Is slacker free too?
    At least for a year, yes. My Tesla DS provided an account/password enabled for full use that was specific to me. And as mentioned in many other threads, the Slacker implementation is simply fantastic. Initially when I heard that Pandora was not going to be available, I was somewhat disappointed, but after having had Slacker for a few months, I don't even miss it. Last night I was giving a bunch of test rides, and I had the passengers play "Stump Slacker" with their favorite band. Suffice to say, it was never stumped. The only improvement I would suggest for it at the moment is I would like to see the year the song came out. Currently it just shows album art, band name, and album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goaliemanshark View Post
    I don't think it would be that hard to figure out who the current carrier is. You have a full Internet browser!
    Do tell. How does having the internet browser help? traceroute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenpace View Post
    At least for a year, yes. My Tesla DS provided an account/password enabled for full use that was specific to me. And as mentioned in many other threads, the Slacker implementation is simply fantastic. Initially when I heard that Pandora was not going to be available, I was somewhat disappointed, but after having had Slacker for a few months, I don't even miss it. Last night I was giving a bunch of test rides, and I had the passengers play "Stump Slacker" with their favorite band. Suffice to say, it was never stumped. The only improvement I would suggest for it at the moment is I would like to see the year the song came out. Currently it just shows album art, band name, and album.
    Well... favorite band would difficult. But I've tried some items that both Slacker and Pandora fail to get any results for, but I can't blame them for bands that never got big.
    Tho I just tried one tricky band and Slacker got it while Pandora didn't. Score one for Slacker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenpace View Post
    At least for a year, yes. My Tesla DS provided an account/password enabled for full use that was specific to me. And as mentioned in many other threads, the Slacker implementation is simply fantastic. Initially when I heard that Pandora was not going to be available, I was somewhat disappointed, but after having had Slacker for a few months, I don't even miss it. Last night I was giving a bunch of test rides, and I had the passengers play "Stump Slacker" with their favorite band. Suffice to say, it was never stumped. The only improvement I would suggest for it at the moment is I would like to see the year the song came out. Currently it just shows album art, band name, and album.
    Thanks. I bought a Sony blu ray just to use slacker, but I get the annoying self promos all the time even with premium erosion with no option to turn them off in the app. Sounds like you don't get them in the tesla though. I have stumped it plenty compared to pandora, but hopefully I end up liking it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwk View Post
    To further add to this, what happens when their carrier does not provide cell service in the area? The updates would have to be done manually, or the car driven to where there is service available.
    Once Tesla activates the WiFi receiver on the Model S, it should be easy to find a place to connect to the internet. In the alternative, you'll get upgraded to the current version at a Service Center. Every other car company requires that you bring your car to them for any upgrades, so Tesla is going above and beyond in pushing out upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianman View Post
    I was under the impression all Model S vehicles will have a connection for receiving updates and sending telemetry -- on Tesla's dime. The "pay for" 3G service would be for the browser, map info, streaming media, etc.

    That's my understanding but I don't recall anything official being stated on the topic.
    My understanding is that there is a "thin" GSM connection on every car for apps interaction and location, which Tesla Motors pays for. I'm not sure that this GSM connection has the bandwidth to receive updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason S View Post
    Do tell. How does having the internet browser help? traceroute?
    Yup. lots of sites out there where you visit a URL and it tells you your ISP info. If you have your own server, you can set up a page to dump the headers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neroden View Post
    OK, let's get some clarity here. There is no way I am paying for a connectivity plan. (I don't even have a cellphone; I just dont think it's worth it.)
    However, Tesla likes to upload software updates over the air. So, what will Tesla's software update procedure be if I refuse to get a connectivity plan? Does Tesla simply pay for the 3G service and limit it to software updates? Or does Tesla send up the Rangers to update the software over USB once a year? (Which is fine.)

    I suppose I should ask Tesla.

    Wifi, I might actually use.
    I did ask Tesla. Their chipset is remotely activate-able by them. Even if you chose not to activate any connectivity for the car, you will get messages on your console telling you about software updates. Tesla will push them to your car (presumably with their own proprietary monitoring protocol to get confirmation) without you paying. As for slacker and other apps, I was told that they would not function as you are not purchasing any plans.

    The other information on this thread is correct, the production cars have their 3G activated and they will stay on until they finalize the pricing plans and contract agreements.

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    I wonder about the album art lookup feature without connectivity plan. Apparently it ignores the album art images and looks them up online right?
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