A permanently installed SIM card in many Audi models
Audi is now equipping its new models that use the second-generation modular infotainment platform with Audi Connect SIM, a permanently installed SIM card, known as an embedded SIM or eSIM, which customers in Europe will receive in combination with the optional Audi connect equipment package. This litterally transforms the car into a mobile communication center.
This SIM card brings Audi connect services on board via an LTE/UMTS module with a download speed of up to 100 MBit/s. Services include navigation, thanks to Google Earth and Google Street View, travel, traffic and parking information. In addition, drivers can also access their Twitter and e-mail accounts and their smartphone’s calendar. The new SIM card contains an unlimited data volume for using these services.
Another good thing is, in most European countries, the Audi connect SIM automatically accesses the provider for each specific country, as needed. This eliminates high, country-specific roaming charges and inconvenient roaming confirmations for the customer. With the new SIM card, access to the use of Audi connect services is granted when the car is purchased. The connected service is used in all new models that include the second generation of the modular infotainment platform, like the Audi A3, the A4, the new A5, the Audi Q2 and the Q7. Other model series will follow. Note that the Audi TT, the R8, the A6 and the A7 are currently excluded from this offer.