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It looks like the $20 unlimited is in addition to your existing plan. Opinions on these plans?
I added the unlimited Wifi offer to my basic, free for 5 years OnStar without issue, FWIW.
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I added the unlimited Wifi offer to my basic, free for 5 years OnStar without issue, FWIW.


I did the same thing as well. Don't pay for OnStar but have the data plan.
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Anyone ask what the final monthly bill will come to once all the taxes and bogus fees are added in?
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Anyone ask what the final monthly bill will come to once all the taxes and bogus fees are added in?
I wasn't charged any-my bill was $20.
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yup ... "will not exceed $22" I did a month trial It works and I did try the truck by the house and can connect wifi in house to Apple TV... can stream! Now then..... would need a battery tender and I would be all set to leave key in on auxiliary? That would be a hoot. At least I can do all my updates now w/o driving to library parking lot. We live in the digitally deprived hills... IP's bother with us. Satellites don't work well on the eastern slopes. So this would be great if it works!
Any advise on battery tenders?
BTW they said no problem driving into Canada...no extra charges.

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Any advise on battery tenders?
Depends on what the current draw is with the key on compared to the battery tender. Some charge at a low rate and might not be able to keep up. I see they do have a 5 amp model available, which would probably do the job.

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So a regular trickle charger of the 5 amp variety should keep the battery from draining? I can't imagine that it is drawing that much juice with the key on w/o radio or lights etc. Just the console. Seems like A PITA but every now and then something like the World Cup or NCAA or whatever is available on line.... Love living in boonies but on occasion like connect with the world (then again the world is not doing so hot about now)

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If I could find away to power only the wifi while parked this could be a great option at the camp grounds to stream some tv. Those antennas on the trailers don't seem to receive to many tv channels when your in the woods.

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Might be a dumb question, but can the truck get internet service if it's parked in a garage? Does it need to be parked outside?

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Might be a dumb question, but can the truck get internet service if it's parked in a garage? Does it need to be parked outside?
Not any different then getting cell phone signal in the garage, signal might be a bit degraded depending on material used to construct garage.
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There are two ways around the key on requirement. One is to change plans to Mobley/ATT plan same as OnStar. One can buy the AC adapter for the wifi unit and bang... done BUT.... their unit doesn't handle the LTE speeds well.
Second Onstar Option would be to keep key on door locked....Also okay if.... there is a way to keep the batter charged up. I checked on an RV sight and they are way ahead on this... one guy attached a battery tender under the hood on wall ...small unit and the AC plug out the front like a core heater. Here is his post:
Yes, the tender attached with circle ring connectors to small screwed terminal already on the battery terminals. It stays connected all of the time. The unit is about the size of a small durable laptop power supply has a minimal LED status readout and is velcro'ed to a flat surface in the engine bay. It is unaffected by the operation of the truck it also has a quick disconnect cable for removal if need be. The truck also doesn't know or care the tender is there. It has a peak 12V of 6 Amp bulk and monitors battery state then falls back to float and pulsing float charge so it could be left plugged in indefinitely with no over-charging harm. The pulsing is said to prevent sulfur crystals on flooded type cells. Would also work for extended storage of coach house batteries etc.. Is comparable with flooded, AGM, and lithium cells. Yes 110V very low current draw.

So I am now looking for a tender like this (I am not a member on the RV site). Any suggestions let me know.

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i haven't used anything like onstar in 40 yrs i don't think ill start now ...or ever
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I took the plunge and signed up for the unlimited plan. My son streamed his shows from Hulu and YouTube. Over the course of a two day trip, he streamed over 10GB of data! Well worth it and it worked well.

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So I am now looking for a tender like this (I am not a member on the RV site). Any suggestions let me know.
Chargers

These guys seem to have a huge selection. This is where I saw the 5 amp model I mentioned earlier.

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So I am now looking for a tender like this (I am not a member on the RV site). Any suggestions let me know.
Battery Tenders can be purchased at Walmart or any auto Parts.

Those that don't want to leave the key in the ignition while turned on......I just had a non-chipped key cut at a local locksmith for $35. It will turn the ignition on, but you can't start the truck. I have to do this to tow the Colorado behind my motor home.

$20. unlimited data is a big plus for those of us that travel with limited data plans. I have a wi-fi booster setup in my motor home for reaching RV Parks wi-fi which is normally terrible. Now all I'll have to do is point the booster antenna at the truck and have wi-fi where ever I go, even while on the road. NICE! Thanks for this post, I did not get the notice from Onstar.

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I started mine Friday before our two hour trip one way. Kids didn't fight or ask are we there yet...well worth it!

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This charger was recommended at the RV site where a number of folks keep there key on and plug this charger in and clip to battery. One guy has a Big Duramaz 2016 and says it works great. Hope so because I will buy one tomorrow and be the mini-max trial run. If this works ... I'll be streaming at home!. (I live where there are no internet providers...all net is by tethering to a cell phone)
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I don't think I want my truck to have wifi access. It will either be downloading foreign car porn, or ordering accessories that I don't want to pay for.

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I bought this and installed under the hood...it is water proof. I am hoping the 1.5 amp tender would be able to keep up replacing any juice being used by leaving the truck with key in on accessory so that wifi will work (this done at home...safe).
If anyone knows a thread that discusses battery voltage usage like this please point me to it... this is sort of an odd ball topic.
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All done. Let the Battery tender bring up battery to full charge. Turned key to accessory and checked LED light for full charge...stayed green. Went in house... turned on Apple TV...linked to truck wifi... bingo. Also laptop, phone and iPad all linked. Used internet ...watched a movie...3 hours later checked the Battery Tender... light green full charge. Took the truck for a ride and batty voltage was same as before. I think I have a "GO".

For the trucks that do NOT have OnStar ... There is a Mobley set up.

Plugs into the truck diagnostic port gives the truck a WIFI spot... same AT&T plan $20/month Unlimited
The beauty of this is......... with the adapter you can plug it into 110 volt AC in the house!!!!

AT&T Mobley from the AT&T store and the 110 ac adapter from ebay

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/att...or-zte-mobley/

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