Thanks again for the reply! I have a few questions based on what you said...
Unlike the current navi systems, the contact data is retrieved from your phone as it is synced, and is not stored. You will be able to sync 4 or 5 phones, depending on your Entune system.
What do you mean by contact data? The POI's such as business names and phone numbers, or that info plus the entire mapped route to the destination you choose?
There is a Hard drive unit navi that will have the data stored on it, as opposed to current systems that require a map DVD. This will be considered the premium audio package in most vehicles with Entune, and will include the new JBL Green Edge audio.
This is what I'm confused about. The only form of Bing that I'm familiar with is a live, internet-based version. Are they taking the basic Bing maps and turning them into a non-live (static) type that uses the internet just for POI's?
In other words, can I use the basic Bing maps without cell phone reception?
This sytem will include 3 years of data services from XM(still 90 days on radio). You will have XM Navtraffic, NavWeather, stocks, sports, etc. We haven't heard what the cost will be to extend this service yet either. This option will most definitely help keep your mobile data plans in check, but will be the most expensive audio option to purchase.
I think you mean that the information is delivered via XM instead of your phone's data plan, thereby cutting down on your phone's data usage? Correct?
Data usage will be the same as what your phone currently uses. Entune receives data from your phone via Bluetooth, so it will not use more data than what you already use, with the exception of Bing, since you probably don't use that on your smartphone now. Streaming iHeart Radio or Pandora will not cost you more than it already does. Also, Bluetooth will auto reconnect each time you enter the vehicle(as it does now), but you will have to select internet connection each time you get in the vehicle. This way, you have more control over your data usage.
That's good to know. The data usage is pretty painful as it is. A little internet research says that Pandora uses about 30 MB per hour. Let's just say you average 90 minutes per day driving. That's 45 MB per day times 30 days = 1.35 GB just for Pandora alone. Ouch. Like I was saying, for those who don't have unlimited data plans, this is pretty hard to swallow. And the big question remains on how much data Bing is going to use.
Take Verizon's data plans for example. These are the basic tiers, with $10 for every extra GB.
2GB = $30/month
5GB = $50/month
10GB = $80/month
Depending on your cell phone plan and usage habits, it's very possible Entune is going to cost the average person $10-30 more per month than they already pay. I assume XM Radio is not included, so for those who want it, add $12.95/month. Then, after the three years are up, an undetermined subscription fee to Toyota, possibly $5 per month (or $60/year).
With the exception of Toyota's subscription fee, I do realize the other costs, while discretionary, are simply unaffordable for many people.