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      06-15-2021, 05:37 AM   #23
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I got an email today from BMW of NA.

"Due to a phasing out of the 3G network by cellular carriers, ConnectedDrive services can no longer be supported starting February 2022 for your BMW. The decision to phase out 3G network technology was made at the discretion of the respective cellular carriers and lies beyond the control of BMW."
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"... complimentary Connected Package Professional or BMW Assist Safety Plan subscription will automatically be activated for your BMW until February 1, 2022."

There was no mentioning of converting the 3G to 4/5G.
(2) week 2017 REx owner here.
1st vehicle purchase since ......2003. (My daily driver, an 04 Dodge Dakota 4x4 at 208k needs a rest). For me, cruise control, and express down drivers side windows were luxuries.
Activated connected drive package with RTTI, managed to avoid plenty of traffic mess here in ATL.
I love seeing my charge status, since I do level 1 to full nightly. Caught it not charging a few times. (not plugged in all the way at wall)
Actually flipped open the app and caught my car door open (not fully closed)
98°F yesterday. Preconditioning kept me from smelling funky while waiting for the refrigerant to circulate.
Yanked the back bottom seat out, have a 4g com box.
Surely BWM wouldn't let a person register for services that are about to expire in 8 months.
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      07-20-2021, 06:13 PM   #24
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If there is no technology upgrade available, how do they make new i3 models with it?
Our cars have 4G.
Its probably an issue for the pre-LCI i3's and no alternative unit is available, I looked in the parts catalogue and looks like they installed 4G with the introduction of 120ah version for the MY2019 i3/i3s.

I guess the "no update available" is due to different connectors or software incompatibility with the rest of the system.

I guess my F10 has 3G, I have not received any such mail and my service is due for renewal in August.
I guess as long as we have an operating 3G network the service will still be available.
Yet the funny thing is, my part is superseded with the new part. When cross referencing the parts in the computer And the new part is 4g and so if my part had died during my warranty period it would have been replaced with a 4G unit.

So ...........


Lol. Maybe I just go buy a 4g unit and plug it in and take it to the dealer and say hey mine stopped working can you activate it for me !


The connectors are all the same..... and the part looks the same ....

Here is a 2/15 build and the 4g module looks to be able to work with the car.

The early 2014 do not show this option. Not sure if an older 3015 can be swapped through the dealer.
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      07-31-2021, 07:05 AM   #25
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My 2017 has 4g as well. I was able to purchase connected drive features and even got an update.
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      09-24-2021, 03:56 AM   #26
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all of this applies only in US, correct?

phew, that one was close, I'm in Europe...
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      09-24-2021, 07:21 AM   #27
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This particular announcement is for North America, but the sunset of the (obsolete) 3G cellular system is global.....
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      10-21-2021, 07:10 PM   #28
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Attempting a 4G upgrade - 2015 i3 Rex

Like some of the other posters here, I like the remote services for checking charge status, seeing service reminders, and pre-heating in the cold winter months.

I have a 2015 i3 Rex that has 3g, and really don't want to lose the connectivity. I have already added an MMI box for Apple Carplay, and that works OK, for text messages and Waze, but I prefer the built in navigation because cel service in Vermont is terrible.

I can update this thread on what I've tried so far.
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      10-21-2021, 07:13 PM   #29
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Retrofit of TCB From Wrecked Vehicle - 2015 i3

For $170, I bought a used TCB module, because I thought I could just ask the ConnectedDrive team to update my VIN and IMEI numbers, and I would be good to go.

I installed the box, VO coded it, and called Emergency services. That worked fine, and interestingly enough, that also updated the status of the car on my mobile app.

However, I could not convince the ConnectedDrive team to update anything. I just received the standard response that it was end of life, and the hardware couldn't support it.
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      10-21-2021, 07:15 PM   #30
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More on the i3 4G Upgrade Attempt

After failing with getting the used TCB 4G module to work, I turned to my local dealer, and asked them to investigate. At first they thought they could do it, then they came back and said no. VERY frustrating.
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Another update on the i3 4G Retrofit

After more research, I came across some information that the old NBT Head Unit wouldn't be able to support voice services from the 4G module. Has something to do with VOIP.

I don't really want to update the HU, so I'm contemplating some other options, including some type of Connected Car telematics, but haven't gotten too far. There are several companies out there that want to track EV battery health, but they seem to depend upon the built-in connectivity
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