T-Mobile’s upgraded SyncUp Drive adds 600MHZ LTE support, app also getting refreshed

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T-Mobile’s SyncUp Drive device is getting an updated hardware model and some new software features to go along with it.

First up, T-Mobile is now offering an upgraded SyncUp Drive that includes 600MHz LTE support. This will give you better coverage with your SyncUp Drive, because T-Mo has been expanding its LTE coverage with 600MHz spectrum that offers improved reach and building penetration.

On the software side, T-Mobile is rolling out new features and a refreshed app. SyncUp Drive users can now track their Allstate Roadside Assistance in real-time, letting them see exactly how far away their help is. The new dashboard will give you an overall view of your car’s health, including color-coded icons to help you prioritize what needs fixed first, and a virtual glovebox will give you easy access to a digital copy of your insurance, registration, and maintenance records.

The updated SyncUp Drive app is also getting a refreshed look and can display gas prices to help you save some cash when filling up. The new app is rolling out starting today on Android and iOS.

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The SyncUp Drive plugs into an OBD-II port, which is in most cars built after 1996. Once plugged in, it can help give you an idea of what’s going on with your car so that you won’t be left scratching your head and furiously Googling the next time your car’s “Check Engine” light comes on. The device can also help to pinpoint the location of the vehicle on your phone, which could be useful for parents with young drivers, and it get you in-vehicle Wi-Fi for connecting devices like tablets and game consoles.

T-Mobile is selling the SyncUp Drive in select stores at a price of $0 down and $4 per month for 24 months (full retail: $96). You can add the SyncUp Drive to your T-Mobile plan for $10 per month with autopay or $15 without autopay.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • I want it! Too bad I bought one of the first ones.

  • SirStephenH

    Code and engine health checks are free at pretty much any car shop and auto parts store. Can anyone think of a purpose for this $14-$19/month ($10-$15 service + $4 device payment) device outside of stalking your spouse and kids?

    • vinnie

      It turns your car into a hotspot and also provides a subscription for roadside assistance I believe. Alternative to AAA with a bonus hotspot

      • marque2

        Also it is like a cheap lojack – can find your car if it gets stolen.

        • SirStephenH

          Except that the port is right there under the steering wheel and anyone who knows anything about stealing cars would know to check the port. There’s a very small chance that your car would get stolen in the first place let alone the thief not removing the SyncUp before taking off.

        • Christian Flores

          All the features listed above plus disturbance monitor. It’s worth it. You can buy an odb port extender of Amazon and make this device super hidden

      • SirStephenH

        That’s right but the hotspot data won’t even last a road trip and it’s already included in T-Mobile plans. If you absolutely have to have roadside assistance (almost nobody does) then I guess it’s worth the price, AAA is way better though.

  • marque2

    Does this go under the hood? Doesn’t the metal from the car block just about everything?

    • steveb944

      ODB2, usually under your steering, center console, or glovebox.

  • steveb944

    Dang, my mom just bought the old one.

    • Jared Hylton

      14 day return policy!

      • steveb944

        I know. We’re at like 30. Oh well.

  • stupid8911 .

    I REALLY want to get this, but the first one locked up my car pretty bad (disabled the pre-collision warning/autonomous braking system/lane-keep assist). Plus, the dang thing was so bulky and heavy, it wouldn’t stay in my port, not to mention I would kick it by accident getting in the car, pretty sure that wasn’t good for the port or the device. Ugh…such a shame because when I first got it, it was awesome. I drive for work, so calculating miles per gallon/miles used per trip and getting accurate start and stop times of trips was a cinch.

  • Glenn Gore

    I have one of these and it works great. It is a bit more trim than the old model I had and it provides great hotspot service in my truck via the 600 MHz spectrum quite nicely. I am glad to see that they are updating the app as it really needed some work, some of the main functions were really difficult to find.

  • Ty Christensen

    How much data do you get for the $10 plan with auto-pay?

  • EF

    Now is the time to get these (in pairs). New offer from Tmo lets you get the hardware for free after 24 months bill credits, and Tmo is currently offering a bogo on data lines, effectively making this $5/mo ($60/yr) per device if you get 2 or 4. Just the roadside assistance is worth $52/yr from Allstate under their current promotion.

  • stupid8911 .

    Thank you for the feedback. I got one of those dealies from Amazon before ditching my previous T-Mo device by ZTE. It jacked up all my -ish. We’ll see, do you have the first generation or the newer one?