Tesla Starts Charging Monthly Fee For Popular In-Car Features

Tesla now offers ‘premium connectivity’ features on a new monthly subscription plan.

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From January 1st 2020, Tesla owners will have to pay $9.99 every month to access Tesla's 'Premium Connectivity' internet package. Tesla is hoping the new package will help to offset the cost incurred by some of the more data heavy streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.

The monthly charge is applicable to all Model S and Model X vehicles, and Model 3's sold from July 2018. All other Tesla's ordered before July 2018 will continue to enjoy free Premium Data Services for the lifetime of the vehicle.

Tesla owners who pay $9.99 per month (plus applicable tax) will continue to receive access to live traffic visualization and satellite view maps. Other services, such as music and video streaming, internet browser and Caraoke will still be available to all owners, but only owners who opt into the Premium Data service will be able to access them without a WiFi connection.

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Comments (94)

  • Tesla: The EA of the Car Industry

      1 year ago
  • How much to operate the steering wheel?


    9.99$ to turn right.

    9.99$ to turn left.

    0.99$ Keep the car straight.

      1 year ago
  • OMG who knew that almost everything in the modern world would be subscription based 🙄. You buy a $100,000 car and still get hit with microtransactions? Ridiculous.

      1 year ago
    • Do you not pay for cell service after buying your phone? That is literally what this is. It is a cellular data plan for high bandwidth functions.

        1 year ago
    • You can't just give internet out for free

        1 year ago
  • I have no doubt this is the just the first step in automotive micro transactions. The entire world is turning into a “pay to play” business model so that the industry will have you by the balls, paying for the rest of your lives.

      1 year ago
    • That's how capitalism works.

        1 year ago
    • But this pay to play, “everything becoming a subscription service” doesn’t work. At least not in the long term. Eventually it will lead to a cycle of rising debt levels, economic downturn and recession, as people keep piling on more and more...

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        1 year ago
  • $9.99 a month is an incredible deal for what people get in return.

      1 year ago