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For using TomTom live traffic etc. you need to have wifi in the car for the car's navi to connect to the internet. You can do this by using your smartphone as a wifi hotspot. With my phone provider I can get a second (and third) data-only sim-card to use in mobile wifi routers at no extra cost. It's using the same 4G bundle as my phone does.
Now, i'm using the "HUAWEI E8377S-153 CARFI" gadget in my car to get connected and not drain my phone's battery if I forget to plug it in. It works fine and every passenger can use their tablet or laptop as well.

 

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Why not get one of these for your phone from Amazon?

"XCSOURCE Universal QI Wireless Charging Receiver Film for Smartphones".

It charges the car wirelessly using the built-in Qi Receiver. If you download the "Android or Apple Auto" from google play, it switches your phone "hotspot" automatically when you start the car.
 

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Will it only work via wifi, or can it be paired using Bluetooth? Just seems peculiar having a link for handsfree/music, but won't do data back for accessing live data.
 

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Will it only work via wifi, or can it be paired using Bluetooth? Just seems peculiar having a link for handsfree/music, but won't do data back for accessing live data.
As far as I can see, Blue-tooth is used only for the phone to connect (calls and address list), but for internet access it needs wifi. Maybe it's different with a newer phone? Mine is android 4.4
 

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Now, i'm using the "HUAWEI E8377S-153 CARFI" gadget in my car to get connected and not drain my phone's battery if I forget to plug it in. It works fine and every passenger can use their tablet or laptop as well.

does it turn off immediately or does it have an internal battery?


how quick does it give data to the NAV system?
 

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This gadget has no internal battery, so it turns off immediately with ignition-off. It does not turn on directly when power is back (ignition-on), you have to push the button for two seconds to turn on the device. Therfore, the location of the device as shown in the picture is ideal. From booting the device to active nav-connection is about 30-40 seconds, but I think it can strongly vary per location and or service provider. In this connection time testing, the device went from red to green (4G connected), red again (no connection) to green again and then the car nav gave the message "wifi connected", all within about 35 seconds.
On the road, I sometimes see the light going from green (4G) to orange (3G or lower) and back to green again.
 

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Kind of related but off topic a bit, but are the 12v sockets active when in ACc mode or just when ICE could be running? Just each car seems different these days.
 

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Why not get one of these for your phone from Amazon?

"XCSOURCE Universal QI Wireless Charging Receiver Film for Smartphones".
My car does not have the wireless charging option. I would need the receiver and a wireless charger pad.
 

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This gadget has no internal battery, so it turns off immediately with ignition-off. It does not turn on directly when power is back (ignition-on), you have to push the button for two seconds to turn on the device.

bugger, I was hoping it would turn on and off without any user intervention, as I use that 12 socket for my work phone (personal phone has wireless charging) so was hoping it just turned on / off with car as it is designed to work in a car


oh well,
 

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Might be an option in its firmware configuration to turn on when power is applied. Would seem something sensible for them to facilitate.
 

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are the 12v sockets active when in ACc mode or just when ICE could be running?
The 12v sockets are 'live' only when ignition is on, so ICE could start running. Not live in ACC mode! The USB port in the center is always 'live', even with all systems off.
 

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Just in case its of interest, Huawei make one that is a USB dongle, if you apply power it will turn on automatically. You can also remove it to use it in a device with USB port.

Its model is E8372.

I should have one arriving tomorrow. I was thinking of putting it in the centre console usb port. I will be putting in a dashcam when I get mine, so will be tapping a switched live wire from somewhere, so may put my own usb port in if the one in the armrest is not switched.

Hope that helps.
 
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