Wi-Fi in cars used to be a very useful service. The OnStar subscription in newer GM cars not only provided a strong and continuous Wi-Fi network but in its early days, saved people who didn’t have unlimited data. Want to continue working in the back of your Escalade while your chauffeur drives you home? Don’t worry, simply connect to the OnStar Wi-Fi and you can finish those quarterly reports.
Perhaps your kids want to watch a movie on their little tablets. They can do that by connecting to the OnStar internet.
However, as phone services got better and people started to get affordable unlimited data, the W-Fi in your car became pretty useless. Mind you there are still a lot of people who don’t have unlimited data so the OnStar Wi-Fi would be ideal.
Toyota’s RAV4 Prime came with a free trial of Wi-Fi offered by AT&T. While subscription rates vary for each customer, expect to pay about the same as your phone bill.
Per standard on all new 2022 Toyota RAV4 Primes, you will get 6 months or 2gigs of in-car Wi-Fi, depending on which runs out first. After that, you will be given the decision to either sign up and continue this service or just not have any Wi-Fi in your car.
Will Vail asked his fellow owners if they would renew their subscription on Facebook’s Official Toyota RAV4 Prime Group. He asked, “The Wi-Fi reached its limit, so I have to renew with AT&T. Has anyone renewed the in-car Wi-Fi?”
Before we look at what others said, there are many other non-subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspots available for your car. Net gear and Verizon all have products that can provide Wi-Fi services in your car. Some of them might be subscription-based.
Rick Baker said, “I used it up in one sitting watching a couple of tv shows while waiting for someone at the hospital. Will not renew. Would normally not use it. Passengers can’t use it when car moving either.” Now from experience, one 40-minute episode on Netflix is about 0.8 gigabytes of data (I was easily bored in high school). So you could hypothetically watch 2.5 episodes of Better Call Saul and your data would run out. Mind you, by the time you used up 1.5 of your data, it starts to slow down.
John Stahl said, “AT&T can add Wi-Fi hotspot to your mobile phone plan for little to nothing. Much cheaper without the driving limitations.” It’s true, that the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime doesn’t allow certain Wi-Fi features when driving. Toyota, in general, has become stricter towards passenger and driver-oriented services being shut off while driving. Stuff like changing your address while driving or connecting to Bluetooth.
On the other hand, some people really like this service and keep paying for it. Paula Clukey said, “I just renewed mine for the second year. We love it. We have Verizon cell service and we have so many dead spots in our area that the AT&T WiFi in the car comes in very handy.” She also said she pays about $200 a year for non-AT&T customers.
So how do you renew your subscription? If you have the Toyota app connected to your car, there is an option in “services” that shows the AT&T spot with an option to renew your subscription.
if you don't have a RAV4, check out my article on how people overcame their intimidation.
What do you think? Would you keep the Wi-Fi in your car? Would you go 3rd party and look for other car-internet providers? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.