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Does the key fob remote starter work via the cellular network like the FordPass app, or does it send a signal directly to the vehicle? Currently I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and I refuse to pay the $198 per year for the remote start capability which works about 60% of the time. Even less on those really cold mornings!

The fact that you get this functionality in the FordPass app for free from Ford is fantastic!
 

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Given that they say you can unlock or lock it from anywhere. I don't think it connects directly with the vehicle as that wouldn't have any more range than your key fob. I am pretty sure it sends the signal through the FordPass via the modem which then unlocks or locks your vehicle. Just like OnStar on GM cars and trucks.
 

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Given that they say you can unlock or lock it from anywhere. I don't think it connects directly with the vehicle as that wouldn't have any more range than your key fob. I am pretty sure it sends the signal through the FordPass via the modem which then unlocks or locks your vehicle. Just like OnStar on GM cars and trucks.
I would guess that the FordPass app can be used anywhere, and works like OnStar, while the key fob sends a signal directly to the vehicle.
 

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I'm under the impression that the Ford Pass for remote start is a free app which hooks up the at&t network. Not even sure I can get that here where I live. If you want to use the hotspot and use it for more things it's going to cost an extra 20 per month.
 

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I'm under the impression that the Ford Pass for remote start is a free app which hooks up the at&t network. Not even sure I can get that here where I live. If you want to use the hotspot and use it for more things it's going to cost an extra 20 per month.
From what I've read the FordPass app is FREE. You can use it to remote start your vehicle, lock the doors, etc. The only thing you would need AT&T for is if you want your vehicle to act as a wifi hotspot. But why pay for that when you can use your cellphone as a wifi hotspot. Also, the remote starter on the key fob sends a signal directly to the car, no network involved.
 

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Right now my garage is too far from house to get direct remote to work. Second. My cell phone doesn't have a hotspot without additional charges too.
 

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Right now my garage is too far from house to get direct remote to work. Second. My cell phone doesn't have a hotspot without additional charges too.
The FordPass app should work then, assuming there is a cell network signal where it is parked. FYI, I use Republic Wireless for my cell phone carrier (republicwireless.com). It cost me $20 a month and you get hotspot capability. Only 1 GB of data though, but you can get more expensive plans, or pay $5 for each additional GB of data. Like I have to buy now for my kids phone.
 

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Right now my garage is too far from house to get direct remote to work. Second. My cell phone doesn't have a hotspot without additional charges too.
Other users are correct. You do not need any specific cell phone service provider or a 'hotspot' set up on your phone to use the FordPass app. My wife and I used it with our phones Verizon carrier, no hotspot or WiFi connection. You DO need a cell signal in the area of the vehicle and the Phone, and that's it. Other than a slight delay (it is not instant) in command/action, it had worked flawlessly on our EcoSport (sold) as long as there was a cellular signal.
 

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Right. I have Verizon too but I'm suggesting that if At&T doesn't work in your area Fordpass won't work too.
 
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