AT&T partners with Ford for Wi-Fi hotspots

SYNC® Connect will now support families and those who use their cars as a mobile office by turning their vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot while on the go. Powered by AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the hotspot can support up to 10 devices at a time and, when parked, is accessible up to 50 feet outside the vehicle.

An external antenna improves the signal and increases Wi-Fi performance, in both everyday commuter traffic and long family trips.

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Selecting and managing data usageSYNC Connect Wi-Fi hotspot users can monitor data usage, signal strength and connected devices, plus block certain devices and change settings on the SYNC 3 touch screen. They can use FordPass® to view Wi-Fi data usage and link to AT&T’s account management portal.

Ford owners can select a standalone AT&T data plan. Existing AT&T customers can easily share data among their smartphones, tablets and vehicles with an AT&T Mobile Share Advantage or Mobile Share Value plan. New vehicle buyers qualify for a trial subscription of three months or three gigabytes – whichever comes first.

Ford and AT&T began collaborating in 2011 when the automaker started offering AT&T network service in conjunction with MyFord® Mobile – a technology that enables plug-in electric vehicle owners to remotely manage vehicle charging via a smartphone. Last year, the automaker expanded the availability of AT&T service with the introduction of SYNC Connect, which integrates a 4G LTE modem into Ford vehicles.

To take advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a 2018 Ford vehicle must come with the appropriate hardware, and a wireless service plan is required. Data coverage and service is not available everywhere and terms of your wireless plan, including applicable data rates, may apply.

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