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ZTE partners with AT&T to offer its first Wi-Fi hotspot for the car, the Mobley

ZTE has announced its first Wi-Fi hotspot for the car, the Mobley, which will offer AT&T customers high speed data on-the-go. Unlike other hotspots, the Mobley will plug directly into your vehicle, as long as it's from 1996 or later, through the ODB II port. This prevents you from having to turn it on and off, as it is on when the car is, and off when the car isn't running. Internally, the Mobley contains a Qualcomm MDM9215 processor to power the fast speeds of AT&T's 4G LTE network.

The Mobley hits AT&T locations on September 11, and will be available to customers for free with a new contract. If you don't want to sign into a contract, the Mobley will set you back just $100. The hotspot can be added to new or existing Mobile Share Value plans for $10 a month, or connected with a DataConnect plan which gives you 1GB of data for $20, or 3GB for $30.

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Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
34 Comments
  • I already have an OBD 2 Bluetooth device. Will this be able to provide the same data?
  • I doubt it. I read this to mean it will plug into the port just for power and for a power on/off signal.
  • At least you HOPE that power is the only thing it gets from the ODB II port. You HOPE it doesn't talk
    to bus in any other way.
    This thing just screams hack me! Maybe they should talk to Chrysler to see if this is a good idea. I have HiFI hotspot built into the phone, and AT&T already allows tethering.. Why do I want to add another dataplan for the car?
  • Try tethering, watching Netflix on a tablet and keeping data on it when a call comes in or checking emails on your phone or using navigation and ask yourself, is it really the same as a dedicated hotspot? The answer is no. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I already have one too. They are going to have to come out with a splitter that gives you multiple ODB2 ports next.
  • Jared this is strike 2 against you today. First the vague Samsung report and nite this: Your link for the Mobley did not link correctly. http://www. att .com/global-search/search.jsp?App_ID=HOME&autoSuggest=FALSE&tabPressed=FALSE&q=Mobley#!/Shop/Wireless/Wireless phones & devices/ Edit AC direct link won't work correctly remove the spaces from www att .con Posted via the Android Central App
  • Aitt ain't messing around today Posted From my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface pro 3
  • I think I need a Snicker Posted via the Android Central App
  • What happens when he gets to three strikes? Do you leave and never comment again? Jared please get a third strike. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I get to bitch again and you read it so I can waste your time bitching about something you don't have to read. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My 15 Malibu has At&t wi-fi built into it. I guess this wouldn't be a bad deal for my 99 Buick that I drive on Saturdays and Sundays. Posted via my shiny brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5!!!
  • You have a Galaxy Note 5 with a built in Hotspot. Why would you pay any extra for what your phone already does for you?
  • Because phone tethering sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You think this is any different?
    Its the exact same thing!
  • No shit? But I can see you never used a LTE hotspot before. It is not the same Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dedicated hotspots get better reception and signal. In my Malibu it is free for a year. I get 3GB. Paying $10 to use my plan isn't bad either. Posted via my shiny brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5!!!
  • https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
  • I could not get it to link for me even with a shorten URL. Thanks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Crazy money Posted via the Android Central App
  • In this day I dont see how this is a good value? Every family member has a phone with data on our AT&T account now. What good would having a dedicated additional device be for a trip when everyone would be using the data connection on a device that has its own data connection to the same pool of bits? I can see maybe using a laptop or something to get work done for professionals that do this sort of thing, but a mobile hotspot or even the phone you have now and turning it on is a better solution since it comes out with you. This device is under $20 if you order 50 of them. Sure thats a lot to have on hand, but it shows the type of markup we are talking about for something like this. This is GSM and would work as well as the ZTE one, plus you could sell the extras on ebay for a few bucks over and get most of the money you paid back. http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Portable-wifi-21-6Mbps-HSPA-mobile...
  • Traveling on the road with tablets. That's about it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sure, but again the argument of why wouldnt you just turn on the hotspot in the phone in your pocket and do the same thing instead of paying another $10 a month to access the same data pool?
  • I have traveled with hotspot on my phone to let my Nephew watch Netflix on the tablet and it sucked. Period. If I needed something on my phone or navigation it slowed down or Netflix connection would get lost. This is a more dedicated hotspot, but I don't care for LTE hotspot. I'll take a dedicated Sims card in my tablet any day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep. Dedicated hotspots have faster data speeds and better signal than using a phones hotspot. Posted via my shiny brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5!!!
  • Exactly.
    Its good for ONE thing only: The young kids in the back seat with tablets or Nintendos, (or whatever). For anyone with their own phone, it makes no financial sense. You won't be using WIFI as a driver. Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California examined the security around OBD, and found that they were able to gain control over many vehicle components via the interface. Furthermore, they were able to upload new firmware into the engine control units. Their conclusion is that vehicle embedded systems are not designed with security in mind.
  • It looks like it's in the perfect place to risk being broken off every time someone gets in or out of the car.
  • Yeah, another thing I would be worried about in my Tacoma. The OBD II port is right on the bottom left side as you get in the truck. Not an ideal location to have something sticking out.
  • For 10 bucks a month I have the T-Mobile zte hotspot with 5gb of lte. For another 10 bucks and some 12v wiring knowledge, I have it permanently mounted out of sight. Sure, it's on all the time but it's password protected so why do I care? I'd never leave something this big hanging off my obd port. Ugly and in the way. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This thing has
  • A lot of potential for abuse. Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California examined the security around OBD, and found that they were able to gain control over many vehicle components via the interface. Furthermore, they were able to upload new firmware into the engine control units. Their conclusion is that vehicle embedded systems are not designed with security in mind.
  • You needed to read a article to tell you that? Did you read articles that tell people that hackers can gain contol of peoples cars using OnStar too? Did you read articles on how hackers can gain control of your phone too? Of course there are risks involve. That is common sense. Posted via my shiny brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5!!!
  • The Alcatel hotspot they just announced is a better option than this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think it will be $20.00 a month the same as the mifi devices they currently sell only tablets are $10.00...... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Saw a similar device from Delphi using Verizon 4G LTE. Not sure about the monthly pricing on it though. Posted via the Android Central App