Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) customers placing new orders for the new Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y will no longer get the free Standard Connectivity for the lifetime of their cars following a change in the electric vehicle maker’s connectivity policy.
Buyers to have eight years only of Standard Connectivity bundle
In order to keep enjoying capabilities like “maps, navigation, voice commands, and more,” according to Tesla’s website, buyers of new orders will only have eight years of the Standard Connectivity bundle before it expires.
Teslarati revealed that the permanent Standard Connectivity capabilities have an expiration date due to a modification in the Connectivity page of Tesla’s support forum. However, standard Connectivity capabilities will come standard on all new Tesla cars ordered before or on July 20, 2022, at no added charge for the duration of the car. You will also have the option to upgrade your current connectivity plan as new products and functions become possible in the future.
Tesla’s help page for Standard Connectivity does not list a subscription price after the first eight years, most probably because the company does not intend to sell it. Instead, the carmaker will probably attempt to persuade people to subscribe to its Premium Connectivity package. Presently, the top tier includes navigation, real-time traffic, satellite maps, and the manufacturer’s Sentry Mode cam tracking for $9.99 per month (or $99 per year).
The premium tier is better than the basic Standard kit
Basic apps and navigational software are the main features of the Standard Connectivity bundle, leaving Wi-Fi connectivity as the only option for more sophisticated cloud features. The Premium tier is just a better bargain than the basic Standard kit if Tesla shall need a subscription anyhow.
It’s certainly annoying that Tesla is making users pay a monthly price for basic navigation, which was previously free. However, this is less offensive than, for example, putting heated seats in a subscription because cellular data isn’t free, and consumers are spending for an additional service and receiving something in exchange.
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