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    Audi Connect

    I know many of you aren't interested in this but for those who are:

    The A3 will be getting "Audi Connect" this month for £300 on top of the cost of the technology pack.

    Personally I'm not bothered about Facebook or Twitter but I think it's worth it for the online traffic data and Google POI search.

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    http://www.audi.co.uk/about-audi/lat...l-Savings.html

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    Too little too late, IMHO. Plenty of better alternatives available on iPhone/Android etc. (Waze, Siri, ...) for zero incremental cost compared to this from Audi.

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    I've looked into this and doing 30,000 miles a year I still can't see why it's worth the money and then the monthly charge. Your iPhone will do everything you need

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    And, despite Audi's publicity rubbish about integrating with Apple devices in the future, this won't work with an iPhone! Epic fail.
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    By the same reasoning there is no point in built in sat navs or any of the tech pack. There are advantages to having things built-in (steering wheel controls, always charged, dead reckoning inside tunnels, etc.) but it's a personal choice which route you prefer.

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    Note that if you have the Tech pack you get TMC traffic data anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo1 View Post
    And, despite Audi's publicity rubbish about integrating with Apple devices in the future, this won't work with an iPhone! Epic fail.
    This is not an issue with Audi - it's Apple who won't play ball with remote SIM access.

    Lots of modern cars use this. I get issued with a s**t iPhone by work and would much rather have an Android, which would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jet_andy View Post
    This is not an issue with Audi - it's Apple who won't play ball with remote SIM access.

    Lots of modern cars use this. I get issued with a s**t iPhone by work and would much rather have an Android, which would work.
    The thing is, nobody wants remote sim anymore (hence it now being dropped from Android now too). For example, if I receive an SMS while I'm in the car, I dont want the record of it to stay in the car - I want it on my phone, with all the other ones. Now that newer Bluetooth profiles are available, which allow you to make calls, read address books, read recent callers, read/send an SMS, use the phone's data, etc, there really isn't a need for remote sim. Other than using an external antenna (rather than the phone one), I cannot see what benefit it has

    Unfortunately, as with most tech (satnav maps anyone?), Audi seems to be a good few years behind the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet_andy View Post
    This is not an issue with Audi - it's Apple who won't play ball with remote SIM access.
    Granted but Audi aren't helping their case by not allowing the Connect systems to use a dedicated SIM for data but still connect to a phone via Bluetooth for calls.

    At least this has been the case on previous models - not sure if they've actually addressed this shortcoming on the A3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo1 View Post
    Granted but Audi aren't helping their case by not allowing the Connect systems to use a dedicated SIM for data but still connect to a phone via Bluetooth for calls.

    At least this has been the case on previous models - not sure if they've actually addressed this shortcoming on the A3.
    I hope they have, as Audi Connect is of little use to me without! Mobile Broadband SIM in the car, then leave my phone to use up it's own data allowance. Certainly that seems the logical way forwards at the moment (although that may change once 4G launches properly, if it results in the mobile networks starting to provide more useful data allowances)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo1 View Post
    Granted but Audi aren't helping their case by not allowing the Connect systems to use a dedicated SIM for data but still connect to a phone via Bluetooth for calls.

    At least this has been the case on previous models - not sure if they've actually addressed this shortcoming on the A3.
    Hi all,

    I've read in a brochure about the connect that my dealer sent me that a software update 'mid 2013' will in fact allow both a SIM card and a phone connected via bluetooth to be used at the same time, so that's good news - although not a problem for me as my phone supports rSAP without a problem.

    Will be ordering mine soon!

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    Full Ts and Cs here - warning though, it looks like you can only use some of the services for 3 years after getting the car, then they are disabled!

    Services supported by Audi connect can only be used with the optional equipment
    MMI® Navigation plus incl. MMI® touch and Audi connect. You also require a
    Bluetooth-capable Smartphone with a remote SIM Access Profile (rSAP) or a SIM
    card with a telephone and data option. The services are only available with an
    existing mobile phone contract (or one that is separately taken out) and are only
    available where there is mobile phone coverage. Additional costs may be incurred by
    the reception of data packages from the Internet, depending on your mobile phone
    contract and especially when using such services abroad. Due to the high data volume,
    a mobile phone contract with data flat rate is highly recommended! The availability
    of the services supported by Audi connect varies from country to country. The
    services are made available for at least one year after the vehicle has been supplied.
    You need to perform a one-off registration / initial activation in order to use individual
    services and, additionally, you may need to carry out an individual configuration
    on the myAudi platform at Redirect. The Traffic information online
    services and messages need to be initially activated in the vehicle. For services that
    require an initial activation (see Redirect or in the vehicle), there is
    a restriction on their usage time of 36 months from the point in time at which the
    activation took place (where the activation takes place within 6 months of the vehicle
    being supplied; in all other cases, the usage rights are shortened accordingly).
    You can obtain further information on Audi connect at Redirect and
    from your Audi partner; information on tariff conditions can be obtained from your
    mobile phone provider. Information on availability and costs can be acquired from
    your mobile phone provider.
    2 Necessary for non-rSAP-compatible mobile phones such as the iPhone. Information
    on availability and costs can be acquired from your mobile phone provider. A multi
    SIM card is a second SIM card with the same phone number assigned to it.
    3 When a SIM card is inserted, it is no longer possible to connect the mobile phone
    via the hands-free profile. From the middle of 2013 onwards, we will offer you a
    software update that expands the connection options. It will enable you to use
    hands-free even when a SIM card is inserted. At the same time, you can use the
    Audi connect services via a second SIM card with a data option.
    4 The city events, fuel stop as well as flight and train information services need to be
    activated. Picturebook navigation, online news (personalised) as well as access to Facebook
    and Twitter need to be activated and individually configured. Both processes
    are carried out after registration on the myAudi platform at audi.com/myAudi. The
    availability of the services supported by Audi connect varies from country to country.
    The services are made available for at least one year after the vehicle has been
    supplied. You need to perform a one-off registration / initial activation in order to use
    individual services and, additionally, you may need to carry out an individual configuration
    on the myAudi platform at Redirect. The Traffic information
    online services and messages must be initially activated in the vehicle.For services
    that require an initial activation (at Redirect or in the vehicle), there is
    a restriction on their usage time of 36 months from the point in time of the activation
    (where the activation takes place within 6 months of the vehicle being supplied;
    in all other cases, the usage rights are shortened accordingly).
    5 You will be able to dictate text messages in German, English, Spanish, French and
    Italian. Text messages can only be dictated in the set system language.
    6 Available for iPhone (from iOS 6) and Android devices (from Version 4.0).
    7 Available for iPhone (from iOS5) and Android devices (from Version 2.3.3).
    8 Audi connect enables access to Facebook and Twitter.
    Constant availability cannot be guaranteed as this is dependent on the Facebook
    and Twitter services themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Hi all,

    I've read in a brochure about the connect that my dealer sent me that a software update 'mid 2013' will in fact allow both a SIM card and a phone connected via bluetooth to be used at the same time, so that's good news - although not a problem for me as my phone supports rSAP without a problem.

    Will be ordering mine soon!
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    Cheers! Not ordered yet, but will be a 2.0 TDI Sportback with loads of toys hopefully. I'm in Nottingham. I was going to wait for the 184PS version but I'm not waiting till November for it so the 150 it is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Cheers! Not ordered yet, but will be a 2.0 TDI Sportback with loads of toys hopefully. I'm in Nottingham. I was going to wait for the 184PS version but I'm not waiting till November for it so the 150 it is!
    You have come to the right place for info and advice, we are all very friendly on here. The time will soon pass in till younget your new car. We are already in may, the year is going in quick. x
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    Yup! Looking forward to it - I'm just waiting for the connect system to become available to order, which I suspect will come with the MY2014 changes

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet_andy View Post
    Note that if you have the Tech pack you get TMC traffic data anyway.
    not sure you have to have the tech pack for that, i have the standard setup with DAB and Satnav and have the TMC.
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    Connect still isn't listed properly on the configurator. However, I got the Audi code from my order and the website accepts it: ANYLGUBT.

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    Yup, same for mine - AFY74PU6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazzz View Post
    The thing is, nobody wants remote sim anymore (hence it now being dropped from Android now too). For example, if I receive an SMS while I'm in the car, I dont want the record of it to stay in the car - I want it on my phone, with all the other ones. Now that newer Bluetooth profiles are available, which allow you to make calls, read address books, read recent callers, read/send an SMS, use the phone's data, etc, there really isn't a need for remote sim. Other than using an external antenna (rather than the phone one), I cannot see what benefit it has

    Unfortunately, as with most tech (satnav maps anyone?), Audi seems to be a good few years behind the curve
    He he.... or ahead of it... I know RSAP almost disappeared with the last Symbian Nokias, but now Mercedes, Toyota, Lexus and just about all manufacturers' new model (incl all of VAG) are now requiring RSAP to link your phone (or you can get a sim and pay for a new data contract).

    Android has always supported it, but some manufacturers chose to cut corners (like Apple) and drop the full Bluetooth feature set as is it was a feature that very few peopel were expecting and it was just one more thing to test.

    My preference is HTC hardware, but Samsung have always supported RSAP and continue to do so.... until the other phone manufacturers catch up with Samsung and Audi, that's the combination I'm stuck with - at least I can trash the Samsung OS and use a generic Android OS.
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    Wow, nearly a year between the first post...
    Now a proud owner of a A3 1.4 tfsi Saloon S-Line, 6-speed, Daytona Grey, Technology Pack, Comfort Pack, Cruise, Advanced Key, Privacy Glass, Audi Parking System Plus, Interior Lighting, Folding Door Mirrors, Light & Rain Sensor. Hold Assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertigo1 View Post
    Granted but Audi aren't helping their case by not allowing the Connect systems to use a dedicated SIM for data but still connect to a phone via Bluetooth for calls.

    At least this has been the case on previous models - not sure if they've actually addressed this shortcoming on the A3.
    I have my iPhone connected to the MMI Nav plus via BT and have a dedicated Data Sim in the car
    My14 S3 3 Door (Audi Ireland Press Car) in Masano Red

    Options - Misano Red - MMI Navigation Plus (no DAB as it is not available here) - Audi Connect - Fine Nappa - Heated Seats - Heated Seats - Metallic Paint - 18" 5 Parallel Spoke Star Design Alloy Wheels - Bang & Olufsen Sound System

    Standard - Bluetooth
    - Drive Select - Music Interface - Presence Basic - Auto Headlight Range Adj - Exterior Chrome - Rear Park Assist - Xenon Lights with LED daytime running lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by illingworth22 View Post
    I have my iPhone connected to the MMI Nav plus via BT and have a dedicated Data Sim in the car
    Yep - that's the only option available to people whose phones don't support RSAP, but it's a waste to have a second SIM if your phone does it all for you as you'd have to buy two data plans. I like the idea of two SIM cards on the same number/plan, but apparently UK networks aren't allowed to offer that any more.
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    My phone supports RSAP but I prefer a second SIM, otherwise messages and call logs for you phone will be stored in the car instead.
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