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Uconnect, why?

OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?

What would be awesome is if I could mirror my phone on the display and use that to control my phone. I'd be more willing to pay a few dollars a month for that.
My phone (Samsung galaxy s5) has a mirror app that says it can work with some car displays but I haven't been able to get it to work on the Jeep.
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OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?

What would be awesome is if I could mirror my phone on the display and use that to control my phone. I'd be more willing to pay a few dollars a month for that.
My phone (Samsung galaxy s5) has a mirror app that says it can work with some car displays but I haven't been able to get it to work on the Jeep.
You would need one of these to mirror your phone screen on the uconnect screen:

http://www.oemautopartsco.com/produc...ck-air-wifi-v2

I don't think you can controll your phone thru the radio.

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It would be fantastic to "mirror" the phone - this essentially is what Apple CarPlay and Google In Car gives you. There are many many reasons car manufactures don't want to do this. I think for MY '16 GM has started to offer CarPlay. This is all academic because FCA has backed down from supporting CarPlay / In Car. Even FCA changes their mind in the future it is very unlikely they will offer an upgrade to existing vehicles.

As far as why you want to use the your native phone Pandora app vs going through to uConnect App. I find using the native app quicker and easier; however, when you use the uCconnect app you can control Pandora via the radio without having to play with your phone.

I hope this makes sense.....
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OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?
I believe you are asking about the Uconnect Access subscription service (~$150/yr). It's true that some people have no use for it. Some find it worth the $12.50 per month. Here are some examples:

- It's freezing or hot outside and the owner wants to remote start the car from a location (e.g. at work) not within fob range to get the climate control going for a few minutes before getting to the car.
- Free form voice texting (not compatible with iPhone)
- Forgot where the car is parked in the lot; flash lights and sound horn.
- In the mall and can't remember if you locked the car; use remote lock.
- At work and your car alarm goes off; get a text and/or email.
- Want to get directions to closest Taco Bell; do a hands free Yelp voice search while on the move and send the choice to the navigation system.

Some other services (Via Mobile) require a Uconnect Access subscription but are on a 5 year trial. Don't know what happens after the trial. These are services Uconnect integrated to allow control via the head unit: Slacker, Aha, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Like you said, these and others can be streamed via BT, but some people may want to keep their phone in pocket or purse.

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Wow that's a let down. I guess I was just expecting more from a $150 a year paid service. I don't mind taking my phone out of my pocket lol. It's a great idea but not as a paid service. Personally I can do without controlling my car from my phone.
You would think it would of been easier to sync and mirror the phone on the screen and just make it a paid option rather then develop uconnect.

Slightly off topic but without a lockpick is there anyway to play a video on the screen? I wasn't sure if the screen would even support video with a lockpike.

Thanks again for all the info.
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The head unit does not support video from external sources.
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Chrysler desperately needs the recurring revenue from the UConnect subscriptions. Same reason they push so hard on the warranties. New technology is very expensive to get right at an old line auto company.

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OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?

What would be awesome is if I could mirror my phone on the display and use that to control my phone. I'd be more willing to pay a few dollars a month for that.
My phone (Samsung galaxy s5) has a mirror app that says it can work with some car displays but I haven't been able to get it to work on the Jeep.
"Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?"
That is exactly the point. For what you get for the money its not worth it to most people. There is no real value unless you remote control your vehicle functions most of the time and/or use the pay internet option while traveling. I think U-Connect just needs to catch up with the outside world tech.

The value I get out of Sirus XM, Travel Link, and Traffic with the last 2 integrated with Navigation for a few bucks a month more is worth it.
U-connect at 12.50 needs to add value to the package. Also I do not need to start my vehicle from miles away when the FOB serves the purpose just fine.
Maybe include some Data time with the internet connection and access to any TSBs/trouble codes in English assigned to your vehicle's VIN would be a start.

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Don't feel bad, I still cannot figure out why I would use it either. I don't have remote start on my KL and don't use pandora. Literally all it does is allow me to do is lock and unlock my car from a distance, which I think is a safety issue. Having lived in high crime areas I don't unlock my car until I'm right next to it and have checked there are no unwanted visitors hiding in the back seat.
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OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?

What would be awesome is if I could mirror my phone on the display and use that to control my phone. I'd be more willing to pay a few dollars a month for that.
My phone (Samsung galaxy s5) has a mirror app that says it can work with some car displays but I haven't been able to get it to work on the Jeep.
I plug my iphone into the center console and leave it there. I can control my music, browse, etc from the car's touchscreen.
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