Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 00:31:13 GMT
From: "Ken Ferguson" <Ken_Fergusonnopsamosoft'>
Subject: Re: 2001 9-5 Phone

> > And are you saying that OnStar would not help me if I were to run into > > some remote ditch? That is the first I have heard of this. I was told > > that even out of cell phone range, the satellite portion of the system > > would still operate to locate my car and send for help, even if I > > could not talk to the OnStar operator. Does the system work as > > advertised, or is it all smoke? My understanding of the OnStar system is that it used Analog cellular for all transmissions. The GPS receiver is just that, receive-only. If you are out of cellular coverage and have an accident, I don't think the system would work. The airbag sensor is supposed to activate the phone to place a call to the service center. Somehow the GPS location gets sent with the phone transmission, but the phone has to have coverage. In the fine print on the OnStar brochure it says "cellular telephone coverage has to be available for features to work properly." They picked analog cellular because it has a bigger nationwide coverage area, but digital is catching up. Bottom line, don't have a wreck out in the middle of nowhere. Ken

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