NTT Docomo and BMW announced that they will start offering Japan’s first connected car service compatible with 5G and eSIM from March 1, 2022 for the BMW iX and BMW i4 sold by BMW.
No need to connect via Bluetooth
Since 2018, the two companies have jointly developed a system that enables mobile communication by installing a 5G module and eSIM in a BMW vehicle.
The BMW iX and BMW i4 are now compatible with DoCoMo’s one-number service as a connected car, and users can now use the phone number and rate plan they are using on their smartphones for voice calls and data communications on BMW vehicles.
This enables voice calls and internet communication in the car without connecting the smartphone and the BMW vehicle via Bluetooth.
DoCoMo’s One Number Service is an optional service that allows you to share one phone number between your smartphone and accessory terminal, and use voice calls and data communications on the accessory terminal for 550 yen (tax included) per month.
5G high-speed data communication is available
BMW iX and BMW i4 vehicles have been equipped with eSIM for various services of the digital service “BMW Connected Drive” provided by BMW, but this eSIM is now equipped with another eSIM. A 5G module has been added.
By activating two eSIMs at the same time, in addition to the communication of the BMW Connected Drive, the user’s own voice call and data communication can be used via the vehicle.
In addition, it is possible to set up 5G compatible in-car Wi-Fi using eSIM, and up to 10 smartphones and tablet terminals can be connected to Wi-Fi in the car to use 5G high-speed data communication. ..
Link BMW ID and d account
To use this service, you need to subscribe to DOCOMO’s One Number Service. After logging in with your BMW ID on the My BMW app or the BMW portal site, log in to the displayed docomo site with your d account, and use the BMW ID and d account in conjunction with each other.
By linking your BMW ID and d-account, you can use this service not only for your own vehicle, but also for renting a car or sharing a car on the BMW iX and BMW i4.
According to BMW, in addition to the BMW iX and BMW i4, other BMW models to be released in the future will also support this service.
Source: NTT DoCoMo
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