Chrysler announces in-car 3G/WiFi

By: Zach Flauaus June 26th, 2008

chrysler.jpgInternet addicts who think BlackBerry’s are just a hold-over until they get home are in luck: Chrysler announced that select 2009 model cars will be able to connect to WiFi in their cars while on the road through 3G networks. Uconnect web, a branch of their Uconnect system, will be the newest innovation in their lineup, bringing you internet wherever you go, granted for a monthly fee.

Chrysler did not announce which of the networks the car will connect to, but we can assume it will be either AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon as T-Mobile is just now getting started on their 3G network in big cities. They also did not announce the price difference the Uconnect Web system would cost, but we can assume it will be an additional couple thousand dollars, as upgrading to an in-dash GPS system costs that much.

For those of you who may not want to purchase a brand new car just to get mobile WiFi, you can also choose routers such as the Cradlepoint, which will allow you to plug in your 3G-enabled data card or phone and share that connection through WiFi (for a monthly fee through your carrier). I have this setup and I personally recommend it if you have a compatible 3G phone or data card.

[Via LeftLane]

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8 Responses to “Chrysler announces in-car 3G/WiFi”

  1. uconnectweb on June 28th, 2008 2:43 pm


    Awesome! I’ve been keenly interested in this new emerging technology since I’ve first watched it on foxnews channel. I’m seeing a great potential for this technology which can probably drive Chrysler’s sales for 2009. Also, I’m predicting this will be the trend and most other car companies will follow suit and would not dare leave themselves behind on this.

  2. Janice on June 30th, 2008 10:49 am


    Awesome, Thanks for the alternative tip! 3G built in WIFI is an interesting, but predictable, luxury to bring to the market..

  3. Zach Flauaus on June 30th, 2008 1:57 pm


    @uconnectweb It's a monkey-see, monkey-do thing in the auto market anymore. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Like I said, this technology has been around for a year now, but it's now just being integrated into consumer cars.

    @Janice I think I'd actually prefer using the alternative because then it would be truly be a hotspot on the go. Granted, you can probably get stronger signal with the car, but that's what internal repeaters are for. ;)

  4. Mark on January 17th, 2011 5:43 am


    Nice to here. I think should be very interesting for modern Chrysler admirers. I believe it will be the standard soon and common in every car.

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