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#214 of 223 Re: Love onstar [fezo]
Apr 03, 2011 (7:29 am)
When they went digital, because the cellphone companies and government changed, there were replacement parts to upgrade analog to digital, but it was relatively pricey. Those were for some cars that were designed near the digital appearance. And I felt that GM should have done it for free as part of a year contract at a medium price or two years.
That's what they ended up doing in more recent years.
>At that time GM was only about moving vehicles onto the public - not any kind of customer service.
I believe other companies have been reluctant to replace things or parts that became outmoded. GM isn't the only company: to wit, the toyota problems of the last 8 years that they hid fairly successfully. Also there are transmissions, brake parts, engine control units that aren't working as customers should think they would.
#215 of 223 Re: Love onstar [fezo]
Apr 03, 2011 (7:43 am)
i just bought my 08 chevy impala LT and it has on star i went for a week with out the system and will con tinue to do so after my 6 month free subscription runs out unless i do buy it i love the onstar system tho i dont love the price
#216 of 223 Re: Love onstar [darkfire666]
Apr 03, 2011 (7:51 am)
After the subscription runs out, they will call you on landline to see if they can get you sign up again at a reduced incentive price. Wait 2-3 weeks. Be sure that you are not set up where they automatically can bill your credit card to extend it with minimal notification to you.
#217 of 223 Re: Love onstar [fezo]
Apr 03, 2011 (8:09 am)
Actually they did retrofit soem models once it was learned that everything was going to digital. There are cars and some suvs but mostly cars that had both analog and digital systems. Claiming GM left some people high and dry makes no sense. Thats like saying the cell phone companies are leaving people high and dry because they didnt make cell phones that were older have both systems to work. Technology changes soo quickly as we all know. Everyone is trying to keep up. The mirror is a answer for everyone who likes the system but dont own a gm vehicle or do own a car with it but the system is older. If GM left people high and dry by doiong what your claiming then so did the cell phone companies, tv companies with new digital systems and people having to buy convertors. Medicine has left people high and dry coming out with new more expensive meds that make older cheaper meds obsolete. We just bought a new 2011 gm vehicle with onstar and can control it with our phone. At some point Im sure this system will be obsolete. Everything changes like the country song says.
#218 of 223 Re: Love onstar [forsythe]
Apr 03, 2011 (8:32 am)
Tell that to the people who bought the late analog systems and found that their year or two year old used car that had been sold to the new for big bucks no longer has the safety feature they chose the car for.
GM screwed their customers. It's bad when the cable company has better customer relations. I still have a couple of old analog sets. The boxes to convert them to digital were provided for free.
Imid makes the point aht GM is not unique in such behavior and he is correct.
Apr 03, 2011 (4:59 pm)
I received a free digital converter for my television when the televisions were switched from analog to a digital signal. There is no excuse for GM to had invest in doing something similar to those customers affected with the onstar situation.
Dec 02, 2011 (1:12 pm)
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Jun 27, 2012 (1:48 pm)
Has anyone tried FamilyLink service from OnStar?
I have it turned on and will try it for at least 1 month. I'd like to know what others think about it.
#222 of 223 Re: Family Link [imidazol97]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 27, 2012 (2:17 pm)
What's FamilyLink? Is GM tweaking Facebook's nose a bit again?
#223 of 223 Re: Family Link [steve_]
Jun 27, 2012 (5:36 pm)
Since this title doesn't lend itself to extension, I started a FamilyLink discussion.
It also can be set to give a message to certain contacts on a list at defined times each day: i.e., at 8:00 am when your student is supposed to be parked in the school lot and in the school building.
The beta apparently was run at the last quarter of 2011. I recall getting an email message offering the service, but my car was sitting in my garage so I didn't see a benefit. Now the car is at college and summer job, so I decided to try it out for locating my car at random times during the day.
For $3.99 per month in addition to the regular OnStar fee, it seemed like it was worth it. It is month-to-month, so I can delete the service without losing my paid year remaining for regular OnStar.