Tesla will require a nominal fee for premium internet services in cars purchased on or after July 1, however, every vehicle gets one free year.
We anticipate mixed opinions on Tesla's new tiered connectivity options. Fortunately, current owners and those that order before the deadline will keep all connectivity features that they've come to enjoy for free for the life of the vehicle. After the date, all new owners will still get Standard Connectivity for free, so you're covered for the basics, including maps, navigation, over-the-air updates through Wi-Fi, firmware updates that require cellular data, and Bluetooth-based music and media streaming via your smartphone.
The paid Premium Connectivity Package gets you the in-car streaming music and media, over-the-air updates through cellular data, and satellite maps with live traffic visualizations.
Essentially, the necessities are covered by the free plan and you can use Wi-Fi for those that are not. This isn't unlike many cell phone plans, nor is it different from several automakers' packages and upgrades. Additionally, according to Teslarati, Tesla will likely only charge $100 per year for the upgraded services (~$8 per month).
If you are a current Tesla owner or purchase your Tesla vehicle between now and June 30, you will get the premium internet services for free for the life of your car. If you wait to place your order until July 1 or later, you will have to pay if you want the premium services. However, Tesla is giving them to all new owners free for the first year.
While $100 for the entire year may not be very much money for many people, there are still potential owners complaining about this change. This is especially due to the fact that it was discovered via another "leaked" email on June 23, just one week before the change will be made. The email went to Tesla salespeople, not owners, which makes sense since current owners are not impacted by the changed. It will only apply to new owners that purchase on or after July 1, and this will be communicated to new owners when their order is placed.
With the automaker's push to become profitable, adjustments like this make sense. The fact that Tesla is not charging more, is offering a free year and is assuring that all necessary features remain in place are all positives. However, the company has made a reputation of applying these type of last-minute changes (we won't even talk about Supercharger access), especially near the end of a quarter, in an attempt rake in a massive amount of orders over a short time.
The new internet packages apply to the Tesla Model 3, S, and X.
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