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OnStar minute pricing

Posted Wed March 26, 2008 1:56 pm, by Helen J. written to OnStar

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I have OnStar and at first thought the OnStar calling a lovely convenience - until I found out what it would cost to purchase additional minutes. While other mobile phone companies have very affordable anywhere anytime minutes, OnStar charges a fortune for every minute purchased, and rounds up to the next minute for every use. It really is "highway" roberry. I've let my service expire and now just pull over to the curb and use my cell phone. If OnStar minutes were remotely competitive, it would be a great service.


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by RowdyRetailer Posted Thu March 27, 2008 @ 8:51 AM

Dont most plans round up minutes?

Good Day

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by RowdyRetailer Posted Thu March 27, 2008 @ 8:51 AM

Dont most plans round up minutes?

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by Gino Posted Thu March 27, 2008 @ 3:10 AM

Wouldn't this be something to consider and research before purchasing
the vehicle?

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by All About the Branding Posted Wed March 26, 2008 @ 2:59 PM

OnStar, as a whole is a wonderful idea. However, when you look at
each component as an individual, it can't compare to the
alternatives.

As a phone, you'd be better off with getting a pre-paid cell phone.
More flexible (you can take it out of the car) and can be cheaper.

For navigation, there are nicer GPS systems.

For concierge services, there are other such service available. Some
better. Some worse.

About the only thing that OnStar does that you just can't find a good
alternative for is when the car calls for help. The ability for
OnStar to "monitor" your car can, when a real emergency happens, be a
big deal. This is reason enough to have OnStar.

And that's exactly why OnStar isn't just a provider of cell phone
minutes.

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by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed March 26, 2008 @ 2:06 PM

But OnStar isn't a mobile phone company, and to compare the two seems
unfair. How much are you using it that you go over your minutes?

At any rate, THANK YOU for pulling over to use your cell phone. I
think cell phone use (including hands-free) should be illegal while
driving, except in cases of obvious emergencies (accidents, drunk
drivers, etc.). Thank you thank you thank you for doing that.

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