In many newer vehicles, Wi-Fi hotspots have become a commonly included feature that some consumers are keen to take advantage of, whether that be to work on the go or provide internet access for passengers on road trips. However, the 2022 Ford Escape recently added a mandatory 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot removal option across all models due to supply constraints, and now, that same feature will be removed from some other Ford SUVs and pickups as well, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.
Those Ford SUVs and pickups are the Ford Explorer, Ford Super Duty, Ford Escape, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Maverick, Ford Mustang, medium-duty Trucks, Ford E-Series, F-53, and F-59. These affected vehicles will drop the 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, which currently comes with a three-month or 3GB free trial period but requires a contract with AT&T afterward. The feature allows up to 10 devices to connect to the vehicle’s Wi-Fi hot spot at once.
Vehicles impacted by this change will receive a $20 credit reflected on the window sticker and invoice, while customers that order one of these models in the future may be able to opt for a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot removal option to help avoid production delays. Vehicles that are built with the deletion option won’t be eligible to be retrofitted in the future, however. Meanwhile, no other FordPass Connect feature is impacted by this deletion. Those features currently include the ability to remotely start, lock, and unlock a vehicle, schedule specific times for the vehicle to remote start, locate a parked vehicle, and check the vehicle’s status.
This feature is just the latest of many to be removed from a FoMoCo model, and as Ford Authority reported back in March, it likely won’t be the last as various supply chain issues continue to wreak havoc on automotive production. Meanwhile, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he believes the chip shortage will begin to ease next year, which could provide some sort of relief for automakers and consumers in that regard, at least.
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While this is not a feature I would expect to use often, many would. It’s yet another case of selling overpriced and underequipped vehicles. Many industries are now claiming an oversupply of semiconductors, which makes the auto manufacturer conspiracy theory REALLY more possible. ENOUGH ALREADY! We’re on to you!
What they should be doing is making the 4G LTE modem an ala carte option so it doesn’t have to come standard. That would allow for customers to decide if they want it not a blanket delete. Or at least make it an option for Lariat, Platinum, and ST trims.
Frankly, with hotspot capabilities on most cellphones, most customers can probably forego this feature anyway. However, for those with families who appreciate the convenience of automatic vehicle hotspot capability who are paying $50k+ for an SUV this should just be a standard feature. I wish Ford would put as much effort into reliability as they do removing creature comforts that just about everyone has come to expect on a modern American family vehicle that they may have to finance for five plus years.
This feature was one of the major selling points that got me to buy a Maverick. People who live in cities with multiple connectivity options don’t realize how scarce such options are in rural areas and how much we welcome them there. I also note the conflicting information here: on one hand, Ford is dropping this feature from many vehicle models and trim levels; on the other hand, they are adding it as a standard feature to some levels of SYNC. This is definitely oxymoronic, so to speak.
4g?5g has been out for years automakers are always 5yrs behind
I have been waiting for 10 months for my 2022 Maverick Lariat. No word from Fo Mo Co to let me know what’s happening. Very arrogant attitude. Personally, I think they want me to cancel. Outgoing to happen.
Sorry I’m not interested an anything AT&T has to offer me. Why don’t they allow me to choose the carrier I wish to do business with?
I’m glad when I ordered my Escape 2022 in July they automatically removed the wi-fi hotspot. I wouldn’t have used it.