I think it probably has already been considered and they nixed it.
We have a Chevy Impala '01 with analog only OnStar. For the past 2 years
we have been informed that we will lose service in 2008, but analog only
providers would be contacted for more information as the time nears.
More information - that I won't have service. Well, they could have told
me that 2 years ago. Why didn't they? They made it sound like there
would be something done. Could it be they didn't want people to drop them
2 years ago?
A posibility being that wireless companies will still keep the analog
running and we would continue to have service. I even spoke to an On-Star
representative who stated that this was a very good possibility.
The letter we recieved notes that this was an FCC mandate that required
the copmanies to go digital. I remember reading an article that stated
the government wanted the analog network for themselves.
You konw there are those pockets where only analog will still be
available. As well as the wireless companies still having analog around
as they convert everything over to digital. There is a phase out process
that the companies have yet to state.
As stated above, the letter states FCC mandate that the wireless companies
are not required to support analog. Doesn't say that they won't. Yet
Onstar (owned by GM) has decided to not provide service to those vehicles
with analog only as of 2008. This was a GM choice. And I think the
reason being was at the end of their notice stating "and we want you to
know that there are many 2006 and 2007 GM models available with the
digital network". So they want me to buy another $30,000 or more car.
Also, they are not giving me a year renewal, but monthly - which if I
remember correctly costs more.
We purchased the Impala for the safety of the car, good mileage and
because of OnStar. Onstar was the deciding point between the Impala and a
few other manufacturers. My husband uses for commuting 100 miles round
trip, 5 days a week. We have it for the air-bag deployment and anti-theft
only. When we were looking to purchase a house here 6 years ago, we saw
an accident. Man had a heart attack and he crashed off the road into some
trees. No-one saw it and he was there for hours. Died because of it. If
he had OnStar, his airbags would have deployed and he would have had help
and still be alive. We purchased with this in mind and that when it was
time for our son to start driving we would have OnStar available. Well
now we won't. We have this piece of crap in the car coming from the
ceiling into the mirror. You can see the wires if you look closely at how
it comes down to the mirror. And we no longer have it for our piece of
mind for our son who is a new driver. I know, I know - what did people
do years ago. But years ago there weren't as many cars on the road. And
all cars were pretty much the same size. People weren't driving around in
Hummers and Avalanches while others in a compact car. We didn't have all
the illegals driving around without licenses and insurance. Of course you
always had people driving around without a license and insurance, but not
at such a rate as today.
Technology doesn't change that much in 5 years. It was already there and
the BIG companies continued to use the old cheaper methods.
GM knew this was going to happen, yet even after the FCC mandated they
continued to install analog only.
Yes, companies aren't responsible for outdated technology, but they should
be when in such a short time frame. You were able to relpace 8 Tracks
with a cassette player in your car. Or you were still able to use your 8
track deck because you had the tapes to play still. So its not like you
had equipment in the car they you weren't able to use. Our Impala still
has a cassette player. Granted you don't see many cassettes being offered
in the stores anymore, but I do have a good amount at home that doesn't
render the casette player useless. Same with VHS tapes. You don't see
many around any longer, but you have enough at home that doesn't render
the equipment useless. Unlike OnStar.
GM made OnStar directly into the car (or so it seems) so that it could not
be replaced. I now have something in the car I cannot use.
GM should replace or give a nice discount to those analog customers to
have OnStar replaced with digital equipment. I can't see OnStar being
hooked up to every single part in the car. It has to be hooked to the
computer chip somehow and obtain readings from there. Just like your
technician in the dealership reads the chip, so can Onstar. We had an
issue with the car 2X, and contacted on-Star while driving, and they read
us a code that they diagosed. Same code the dealership obtained when
reading the computer chip. So like someone mentioned in the thread, I
think just the cellular portion needs to be changed.
Do we have any wireless techs out there who might know anything?
I wonder if there is going to be a class action suit?