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Old 04-05-2007, 01:07 PM   #21
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I don't use it oh yeah its all unhooked from my car and the box will soon be coming out.
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If complaining about only having analog service, do you mean that the OnStar service only connects through cell towers? But as far as cellular goes, why don't you just get a headset or something for your phone? Thats not illegal is it?
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My Aunt has an '01 SE with onstar, can't she have the whole system like redone or would that cost to much?
It sucks to have features you want but can't use. Sorry to hear about that.

My upgrade consisted of a new glass mount antenna and VCIM. The '05 is already dual mode and since the wiring from '03 and on is the same it'* just a case of plugging in the '05 MY VCIM. '00, '01 and most '02 use a two module system (haven't checked the pre-2000 years). This would mean at a minimum, engineering a special harness between the VCIM and vehicle. Unfortunately, they are two very different systems. My guess is they wouldn't have enough subscribers to make it worth their effort.
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If complaining about only having analog service, do you mean that the OnStar service only connects through cell towers?
Yes. OnStar has agreements with various carriers and the service is only available where cell phone service exists.
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OnStar has agreements with various carriers and the service is only available where cell phone service exists.
That'* interesting because their advertisements are geared toward people who can't use a cell phone because of potentially spotty service.
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OnStar has agreements with various carriers and the service is only available where cell phone service exists.
That'* interesting because their advertisements are geared toward people who can't use a cell phone because of potentially spotty service.
I suspect it'* because the OnStar hardware transmits with a power of 3 watts (approximately 5 times that of a handheld). Also, the antenna is more strategically placed compared with using a handheld inside the car. Because OnStar service has relied on analog service so heavily, the coverage area had been much larger. I've used a few handhelds that didn't seem to work well in analog only areas. OnStar would definitely be better here.
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:18 PM   #27
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Thats a bummer, I was planning on activating mine at some point. Oh well, at least I'll still have the button and people will be like "Oh cool you have that onstar thingy!"
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The upgrade price of $15 plus a year’* activation is only in effect until December of 07.

I picked up my Bonneville from the dealer today with the digital OnStar installed.. The process is to take your car into the dealer and they verify that you are eligible. You pay the money up front and they order the parts. In my case it was the box and the antenna. Takes two days for the parts to come in and you need to take your car back to the dealer for the install. Easy and painless.

You will need to put all of your Nametag numbers back into the database.

I had one problem, when I checked my minutes it had gone from 120 to 1. A simple press of the button and the advisor reactivated the unit with 130 minutes that will expire on April 6, 2008. My original 120 minutes were due to expire on May 20th of this year. Very good customer service!
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Not sure about you, 95SLE but I wasn't able to keep my original phone number. Otherwise, as you mentioned the customer service was great!
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Yep... I believe that I have heard most of what you all have said here before. I wish that using the headset with my cell phone was all that was in question for me. I will miss having that extra power in signal with the Onstar system. I will miss having Onstar to help me out in a pinch when I get turned around on one of my many trips. I will miss knowing it willl notify someone if I wreck and air bags deploy.

I hope starting this discussion has helped some folks with their decisions and acting upon options. With my 01, I have no options. You folks with newer cars have the chance to utilize a cool feature for a long time to come.
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