GM adding WiFi to OnStar

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Updated Jun 8, 2014

By the end of this year, GM says it will offer the next generation of the OnStar communications system in more than 30 models, which will offer users connectivity to a built-in Wi-Fi network.

When the vehicle is turned on, the new 4G LTE network will give equipped vehicles the ability to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to seven wireless devices, GM says. 

GM says pricing will start at $10 per month, which includes 200 megabytes of data. Additional plans will be offered with up to 5GB of data, and one-time use packages will also be offered.

OnStar is also offering Crisis Assist services to all customers, regardless of subscription plan, in the event of an extreme weather emergency.

Earlier this year, OnStar provided Crisis Assist services after tornadoes struck in the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States and during the recent outbreak of wildfires in Southern California. OnStar advisors were able to assist subscribers affected by the events even when other forms of communication were unavailable.

OnStar has relationships with more than 6,000 911 emergency call centers nationwide, allowing advisors to get fast, localized assistance in any type of emergency.