Surfing the web and streaming music and movies while on the road is about to get easier as Ford adds built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability on select models beginning this fall.
SYNC Connect will now support families and those who use their cars as a mobile office by turning their vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot while on the go. Powered by AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the hotspot can support up to 10 devices at a time and, when parked, is accessible up to 50 feet outside the vehicle. An external antenna improves the signal and increases Wi-Fi performance, in both everyday commuter traffic and long family trips.
Selecting and managing data usage
SYNC Connect Wi-Fi hotspot users can monitor data usage, signal strength and connected devices, plus block certain devices and change settings on the SYNC 3 touch screen. They can use FordPass to view Wi-Fi data usage and link to AT&T’s account management portal.
Ford owners can select a standalone AT&T data plan. Existing AT&T customers can easily share data among their smartphones, tablets and vehicles with an AT&T Mobile Share Advantage or Mobile Share Value plan. New vehicle buyers qualify for a trial subscription of three months or three gigabytes – whichever comes first.
Ford and AT&T began collaborating in 2011 when the automaker started offering AT&T network service in conjunction with MyFord® Mobile – a technology that enables plug-in electric vehicle owners to remotely manage vehicle charging via a smartphone. Last year, the automaker expanded the availability of AT&T service with the introduction of SYNC Connect, which integrates a 4G LTE modem into Ford vehicles.
To take advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a 2018 Ford vehicle must come with the appropriate hardware, and a wireless service plan is required. Data coverage and service is not available everywhere and terms of your wireless plan, including applicable data rates, may apply. Message and data rates may apply. Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible, and don’t use handheld devices while driving.