America's First 5G Car: T‑Mobile Magenta Drive BMW iX
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America’s First 5G Car: T‑Mobile Magenta Drive BMW iX

T-Mobile 5G BMW iX

BMW is introducing America’s first 5G connected cars, the all-electric BMW iX and BMW i4. The pair will be powered by T-Mobile’s new “Magenta Drive for BMW” as part of a long-term agreement to bring unlimited calling and 5G data to BMW vehicles.

“Cars are transitioning from just a mode of transportation to an extension of home and work,” reads a statement from T-Mobile. “People on the go are depending on premium connectivity more than ever to power personalized in-car experiences and entertainment.”

To that end, Magenta Drive for BMW offers iX and i4 drivers unlimited data that turns their car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, connects to all their in-car devices, and offers unlimited voice and VOIP calling – all at blazing speeds.

“In 2019 we lit up the first nationwide 5G network, and today we mark another milestone that builds on our 5G leadership,” said Callie Field, President of the T-Mobile Business Group that inked the deal. “In another 5G first, we’ve delivered America’s first 5G connected cars, and we’re honored to do it together with BMW, who entrust their vehicles’ connectivity to T-Mobile.”

Magenta Drive for BMW claims customers will have access to 5G coverage across 96 percent of America’s Interstate Highway miles, and will offer the service to BMW iX and i4 buyers for approx. $20/mo.

As for that BMW iX in the header? That’s the color-changing electric BMW that wowed show-goers earlier this tear at the 2022 CES show in Las Vegas. You can check that out “in action”, below, then let us know what you think of the first 5G connected EVs in the comments.

 

BMW iX Flow

Video courtesy BMW Group.

SOURCE | IMAGES: BMW, VIA T-MOBILE.

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JO BORRAS (EIC)

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