The 2015 Buick Encore, along with the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano, will come standard with 4G LTE Connectivity. This high-speed connectivity will allow drivers to download, update, and use apps more quickly. It will also create a Wi-Fi hotspot in the vehicle that will allow several wireless devices to be connected to the high-speed data network.
Before I get into my skepticism over this new technology, let me list for you the initial apps that will be available on the app store. They are: iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, the Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse, and Kaliki. I won't get into what each one does, nor do I claim to know what each one does.
Here's the thing that gets me though. In order to use this Wi-Fi/4G LTE technology you are going to have to purchase a data plan for an additional charge. So you buy a data plan for your phone, and then you buy a data plan for your car so that you can use your phone to surf the internet while in your car? That just doesn't seem to be a line of reasoning that makes sense to me.
Furthermore, if you don't have a data plan for your phone, why would you get one for your car instead? Would you not want your phone to be internet capable before your car?
I'm just not convinced that people have a real demand for this. It doesn't make much sense for me. You can get most of the apps for your car on your phone which you can then plug into your car anyways.
Buick claims that this is a step forward, but I think its just a step, not sure where it's going.