: Without Bluetooth and On Star, what's lost in functionality?



flycaster
05-27-13, 09:07 AM
At this point I am not planning on keeping On-Star or Bluetooth (never had them before), but may change my mind when push comes to shove. So before I have to make these decisions, I'd appreciate knowing just what I will not be able to do without them. I'm most interested in how this would effect my Navigation's functioning. Without Bluetooth, I know I'll loose hands free phone, anything else? And without On-Star, I'm just no sure what I'll be loosing. Thanks.

JChen
05-27-13, 09:12 AM
What would cause you to lose Bluetooth functionally?

It's not a subscription service.

flycaster
05-27-13, 09:44 AM
What would cause you to lose Bluetooth functionally?

It's not a subscription service.

Shows how much I know. I thought that it was a subscription service. OK, so I get to keep hands-free phoning - great. So, what about On-Star?

JChen
05-27-13, 09:54 AM
I personally never needed On-Star since my commute is so short and fortunately, haven't been in an accident. Nor do I use their phone options.

Depends on if you want the added security of having them available to you.

donavo
05-27-13, 12:36 PM
I actually thought I would never need on star but the other day it actually came in handy. I was having a big family BBQ at a park and there was absolutely no cell phone service there. But my on star phone worked fine. So my friends who needed to call home or anything used it without problems. And when I needed to call certain members to let them know details, it was possible. Other than that, I needed directions somewhere, and my navigation wouldn't recognize what location I wanted to go to. So I called on star instead and had them download directions to my car since they understood what I wanted lol. Took them 1 minute tops.

thebigjimsho
05-27-13, 05:07 PM
Yes, if you have the full OnStar, you can just call for a place and have them zap your nav. No need to stop...

OnStar Advisor
05-28-13, 04:47 PM
Shows how much I know. I thought that it was a subscription service. OK, so I get to keep hands-free phoning - great. So, what about On-Star?

flycaster,

I'd be happy to answer any OnStar specific questions you may have. Here's some useful information about the Onstar services:

http://bit.ly/Ybi1g9
http://bit.ly/10ABqWo

Let me know if you have any specific questions, or you can PM me the details. I hope this helps!

-Jessica, OnStar Advisor
Social Media Team

flycaster
05-29-13, 06:47 AM
Thanks for the info, Advisor. After reading the two links, I don't think I'll be needing OnStar. However, the links did say that OnStar provided hands-free phoning (which we do like). I thought that using Blue Tooth also provided hands-free phoning; and that one didn't need a subscription for Blue Tooth??? So, what's the story here?

JChen
05-29-13, 07:19 AM
OnStar provides hands free calling without using your mobile phone (your car has its own phone number). Our ATSs are also capable of using your mobile phone's Bluetooth connection to make hands free calls.

OnStar Advisor
05-29-13, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the info, Advisor. After reading the two links, I don't think I'll be needing OnStar. However, the links did say that OnStar provided hands-free phoning (which we do like). I thought that using Blue Tooth also provided hands-free phoning; and that one didn't need a subscription for Blue Tooth??? So, what's the story here?

flycaster,

JChen is correct. The OnStar Hand-Free-Calling is through the vehicles assigned phone number and can be used with OnStar Pre-Paid Minutes. This feature provides better connectivity in areas of limited cellular reception. Specially designed to give you better reception than a cell phone.

-Jessica, OnStar Advisor
Social Media Team

Hoosier Daddy
05-29-13, 11:23 AM
This feature provides better connectivity in areas of limited cellular reception. Specially designed to give you better reception than a cell phone.
Where can someone read about how that is accomplished? If On* is using existing cell networks, is it just a matter of the car having a better antenna than a cell phone has?

OnStar Advisor
05-29-13, 12:14 PM
Hoosier Daddy,


Yes, the antenna on the roof of the car boosts the signal. It's signal is 5 times stronger then that of a cell phone, so it can get a stronger cellular connection where a cell phone may not be able to.

-Jessica, OnStar Advisor
Social Media Team

mikesul
05-29-13, 03:43 PM
If you keep Onstar Direction & Connections you never need nav. Just push the Onstar button and tell them where you want to go. Directions are then downloaded to your Cue and you just follow the spoken directions. It's like nav, but no nav screen. You can ask for gas stations, restaurants, etc. anything nav can do Onstar can do.

PAO56
05-29-13, 04:44 PM
but in order to use the Onstar hands free capability you must have an active Onstar Account by accepting one of their plans..the safe and sound plan for accident notification being the less expensive of the two....the car's assigned number will not work w/o an active Onstar account is my understanding

rustybear3
05-31-13, 08:14 AM
If you keep Onstar Direction & Connections you never need nav. Just push the Onstar button and tell them where you want to go. Directions are then downloaded to your Cue and you just follow the spoken directions. It's like nav, but no nav screen. You can ask for gas stations, restaurants, etc. anything nav can do Onstar can do.

I guess that's true if you don't have NAV on your CUE system. If you do have NAV , they download the directions to your NAV screen on CUE, and it operates just as though you entered them yourself; with both visual and audio directions....NAV is fully operational. Quite frankly, IMO I don't need the Onstar option in that I can enter directions through the CUE voice command and program with the car on the move, unlike earlier Caddy NAV systems. That's what's so great about CUE with NAV.

xtheunknown
05-31-13, 11:05 AM
I think there are a couple of good reasons to have OnStar:

1. If you get in a crash, the car knows it and notifies OnStar. They'll ask if you're OK and dispatch emergency services if necessary.
2. If your car is stolen, all you need to do is call OnStar and they will locate your car and work with law enforcement to help recover it. They can also remotely stop your vehicle at the request of law enforcement in the case of a stolen vehicle.
3. I haven't actually used the phone service, but it would come in handy if I forgot my cell phone and needed to make a call.
4. If you don't have CUE with Nav, then ot comes in handy to get directions and voice guidance. It shows on the screen on your dash with street names and distances. There's no map, but do you really need a map if you're just trying to get from point A to point B? Also, in addition to pressing the OnStar button and asking for directions to be sent to your car, you can use the OnStar RemoteLink app on your iPhone (porbably Android too) to look up a place and send directions to your car.

It's $200 for the Directions and Connections plan, but I think LoJack service is $695 if you buy the equivalent service, so I think it's a bargain.

marktanner
06-02-13, 05:58 PM
OnStar does offer a number of advantages, even if you have navigation. First, their database is more up-to-date than what comes with the car. Second, they can download an address to your vehicle while you are driving. You can only do this with CUE with voice, which may not work for you (mine rarely does). Third, they can make reservations at restaurants and even hotels. That really came in handy once when Atlanta had a massive power outage because of a severe storm. Fourth, they can perform some diagnostics on your car if you have a warning. not to mention all the other reasons listed in other posts.

You get full OnStar free for a year, plus some free phone minutes. The phone can come in handy in the boonies, BTW. You might as well try it while it's free, and then decide later. I found it so useful that I have kept the full package for the last 4 years.