For the AT&T lovers out there (there's at least a few in the US, right?) who happen to own a Model S too, the multi-year exclusive contract signed between Tesla Motors and AT&T will surely thrill you.
For the Model S owner against AT&T...oh well.
Tesla and AT&T just signed a multi-year exclusive deal that gives AT&T control over the Model S' wireless connectivity:
AT&T, the leader in connected cars, and Tesla, the premier all-electric vehicle manufacturer, have entered into a new multi-year exclusive agreement to enable current and future Tesla vehicles in North America with high speed wireless connectivity. AT&T connectivity will power Tesla's remote engine diagnostics, telematics, and industry-leading infotainment features such as Internet radio, Web browsing, live traffic, weather and navigation, all accessed through the 17-inch touchscreen.
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, stated:
"It's an honor to work with a company as innovative as Tesla on delivering a connected experience inside automobiles for both drivers and passengers."
Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk chimed in:
"Tesla's goal has always been to catalyze the market for electric vehicles for all consumers while providing an exceptional driving experience. AT&T's advanced and reliable wireless connectivity will help Tesla continue to deliver a cutting-edge ownership experience."
The multi-year deal includes not only the Model S, but the upcoming Model X and likely Gen III too. So, like it or not, Tesla owners will be with AT&T for some undisclosed "multi-year" length of time and perhaps even longer.