T-Mobile device makes older cars ‘connected’

November 21, 2016  - By

t-mobile-sync-wT-Mobile is offering SyncUp Drive, a device that turns any post-1996 car into a 4G LTE connected car — a Wi-Fi hotspot that also provides vehicle diagnostics, safety and security features. The device is being offered as an incentive with two-year service plans, or separately.

SyncUp Drive plugs in to a car’s OBD-II (on-board diagnostics) port, which is standard on autos built after 1996. The device is always on, doesn’t require charging and can be managed from a smartphone.

Other carriers don’t yet offer 4G solutions. The diagnostic tool HUM by Verizon runs on 2G technology. AT&T has been going a different route  — partnering directly with car manufacturers to integrate 4G LTE data connectivity into new vehicles.

SyncUp DRIVE was developed by T-Mobile with ZTE, a global provider of mobile devices and telecommunication systems, and Mojio, the open platform for the growing ecosystem of connected car apps and services.

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