Re: OnStar to Be Available for GC Shortly
I don't miss it... at all. My past three vehicles all had OnStar. (first year was always free)
It was sort of cool that my vehicles had their own phone number, but the UConnect works just fine and saves me an additional $9.99 (plus taxes) per month since I no longer have the phone number. (I used the family plan through Verizon Wireless and added the number instead of paying for minutes through OnStar)
One other feature was the ability to map out your route online and send it to the vehicle. But, for as much as I used OnStar throughout the years, it wasn't worth it. I had to call 911 (or OnStar's equivalent) recently. It was not only useless, but delayed the response from emergency personnel. (honestly, it's not that much better with a cell phone) I witnessed a truck overturn and had to make sure the guys inside were OK. (they were a big banged up and bloody, but fine) First, I used OnStar and played 20 questions with the Onstar rep only to be transferred and give the same information again. I finally got so frustrated with playing games with the people on the other line, that I simply exited the vehicle and told them to repeat the information themselves to the local dispatcher. (they knew *exactly* where I was since OnStar can locate you) Perhaps if you're in the middle of nowhere without cell phone coverage. (Onstar will always get a signal unless the weather is extremely bad) When seconds count, IMHO, using OnStar may not be the best solution.
Since I transferred vehicles, I haven't had one complaint or anyone notice the difference when talking hands-free. (I'm using a first generation droid with no issues in compatibility)
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. Dark Charcoal. 18" black cast aluminum wheels. 275/65/R18 Nitto Terra Grapplers. (replaced the Firestone A/Ts in the pic) Rock rails. Skid plates. Tow hooks. Huskyliners. 44K miles as of 11/13.