Subaru's 2011 Outback crossover SUV model now offers Wi-Fi connectivity, according to the carmaker's North American division. Around 10 users who are up to 150 feet in and around the vehicle are given Internet access via the new Subaru Mobile Internet system. Subaru Mobile Internet operates on the 3G network and works with all Wi-Fi enabled devices.
It gives a fully encrypted connection with download speeds that average 400kbps-1.2mbps. In addition, the Wi-Fi feature can be used even when the vehicle is moving.
According to a company statement, Subaru Mobile Internet enables users to check email, surf the web or listen to Internet radio and even stream video and post to social networking sites. Many users can use the Wi-Fi connection at the same time and for separate devices.
These include Wi-Fi capable laptop computers, netbooks, smart phones, game controllers, plus the new iPad and iPod Touch models. For an MSRP of $499, plus a $35 activation fee, the Wi-Fi service can be added as a port or dealer-installed accessory to any 2011 Subaru Outback.
Subaru requires the car owner to sign up for a one-year subscription at $29 per month. The first three months of service are free.
Autonet Mobile is considered as the first in-car Internet service provider in the world. This is the same provider that will allow Subaru Mobile Internet technology. This Wi-Fi service is available to the 2011 Subaru Outback as either a dealer-installed accessory or a port.
The MSRP for the service is estimated at $499 with an additional $35 as activation fee. A one-year subscription is needed at $29 per month though Subaru will offer the first three months on the Wi-Fi service for free.
An all-inclusive user support is built-in with the package and is provided through the customer services resources of Autonet and Subaru. Since the Subaru Mobile Internet is considered as Genuine Subaru Accessory, then it is part of the Subaru of America warranty.
The 2011 Subaru Outback has an MSRP at $22,995, and comes in the four-cylinder model and six-cylinder version. Compared to most two-row crossovers, the 2011 Outback is smart-sized as it has a mid-size interior in a wagon body with off-road capability and easy maneuverability. With the Lineartronic CVT, it carries a 29 mpg highway rating.