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Verizon has a new service out that will allow onstar and a personal cellular phone count towards your total minutes. In other words two phones one bill, however the caveat is that the onstar must be the digital version. Anybody know the answer? Thanks
 

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Spockcat is correct. I checked with both the VW dealer and with OnStar. VWs have the old analog units. You need the newer digital units for sharing with handheld Verizon unit. GM is keeping the digital units for GM products for the time being. OnStar does not have any plan to sell updated hardward to convert to digital. However, the last time I talked to an OnStar rep, he said there was a "rumor" going around that they might come out with a kit, but I doubt they will really do it.
 

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I guess like most technology once it gets on the street it is already two or more years old. Something has to spur us on to keep buying again and again otherwise where would our economy go.....hmm.
 

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Yep. Also makes GM cars have a marketing edge.
Too bad there isn't a viable competitor to OnStar that can use the same (or slightly modified) hardware. Then their prices would be more reasonable, too.
I don't mind paying for conveneince, but the sticker shock for phone minutes was pretty high.
 

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How dumb is it for OnStar to be analog? I mean, digital PCS came out in 1998 for crying out-loud. Wouldn't they think to upgrade the stuff, oh, I don't know, four years ago?

This is the single biggest reason I didn't get OnStar with my truck.
 

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It was not an option with the V10 but I must admit the Onstar system is great when you need help. We have had on our Chevy truck and after experiencing its convenience and safety features I decided I would not be without it or an equally good substitute again. Living in the far western edge of Wyoming we often can travel for 30-40 minutes without seeing another car. If something would happen it is nice to think that Onstar could bail us out. One other thing is interesting to note and that is the analog is supposed to be a little better at aquiring signals in mountainous areas than digital added to the higher power settings of a built in system versus a hand held cellular phone makes a great emergency system.
 

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vraymond said:
One other thing is interesting to note and that is the analog is supposed to be a little better at aquiring signals in mountainous areas than digital added to the higher power settings of a built in system versus a hand held cellular phone makes a great emergency system.
This is true. Analog is supposed to have much better coverage and range than digital. Of course, once it is phased out, then it will be worthless.
 

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Does anyone know if there is an after-market kit to connect bluetooth phones and utilize Onstar's speakers and microphone? One of the dealers told me about it and I looked it up on-line...the only mention of this was a product called Uconnect.

On Chrysler's website (Pacifica) it has a more in-depth description of Uconnect but it says it's only for select Chrysler models.

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