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Skoda wants to give free data

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 4:51pm

Skoda Ireland has announced that it will provide their customers with complementary SIM cards to enable them to access the online connect solutions offered by the brand.

Skoda Connect enables drivers to be always online and enjoy greater freedom and safety through a range of assistance systems. Skoda will provide all new car customers since 1 August with a Vodafone data only sim card, loaded with 1GB of data that is valid for up to 28 days. This measure allows Skoda customers to experiment with all the benefits and conveniences of Skoda Connect for free and without obligation.

Skoda Connect gives you even more ways to instantly connect with your vehicle, thereby enabling a completely new driving experience.

These services are broken into two categories, Care Connect and Infotainment Online. Care Connect lets you access your car remotely via a smartphone application and can provide remote access data such as your current or last parking location, a honk and flash feature to enable enhanced visibility of your vehicle along with speed and area alert notifications based on the location of your vehicle. The technical condition of your car is also visible and includes the vehicle locking status, the fuel level status and additional driving data.

Care Connect also includes an emergency call feature to alert emergency services if and when required, an automatic accident notification if airbags are deployed and a breakdown assist button for roadside assistance if necessary.

In addition to these Care Connect features, Infotainment Online ensures that your navigation system is always up to date by allowing you to reach your destination safely, on time, and efficiently. Such features include information on local fuel prices, available parking spaces, weather forecast and online points of interest.

Using the vehicle’s built in SIM card slot, that comes as standard with the Columbus infotainment system, the complementary SIM card can simply be installed to provide an instant data connection allowing for full functionality to the above Skoda Connect services. This SIM card can also enable a wifi hotspot in the car, giving passengers the option to use this connection also. All Skoda vehicles with the Columbus infotainment system will also include a Vodafone SIM card as standard.

Cathal Kealey PR manager with Skoda commented: “We are delighted to be providing customers with free-of-charge SIM cards for more convenient access to Skoda Connect. This will enable and encourage our customers to use these features effortlessly without having to worry about purchasing SIM cards or setting up wifi hotspots to pair with the car.

“Customers can renew their subscription with Vodafone by accessing a specially developed portal; alternatively, they can choose to discontinue their data plan without obligation.”

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