Next Gen Chrysler Uconnect Won't Need a Smartphone

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Chrysler has teamed up with Sprint so that its next-generation Uconnect infotainment system won’t need a smartphone to connect to the Internet.

The new version of the Chrysler Group’s Uconnect will debut this fall, connecting to Sprint’s network without the use of your smartphone. Of course, this service will cost a subscription fee that’s paid to the automaker directly; and depending on the amount, we would have to think most owners would stray away from it.

Currently, most automakers are integrating ways for owners to use their smartphones for their vehicles to connect to the Internet, avoiding any additional monthly data fees. But then again, convenience always has a price and those grabbing a 2013 RAM 1500 pickup or 2013 SRT Viper will be the first to test the new Uconnect.

The new Uconnect will be able to use voice commands to Bing search, read and write text messages, enter navigation destinations, and serve as a mobile hot spot. Both Chrysler and Sprint will work together to control which third-party applications will be available on the new Uconnect infotainment system.

And those that are hesitant about Sprint’s underwhelming service area, the Uconnect will freely roam to access other data networks at no additional costs.

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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