Originally Posted by Brownstone Metallic Z71
I said it when GM came out with it and I'll say it again... OnStar is just a way for Big Brother to keep their eyes on you.
I actually liked Onstar so much when it came out, it was a major reason I chose the Duramax over a Ford 7.3 at the time.
I had a habit of locking my keys in my truck, sometimes in the middle of the fricken desert near Edwards AFB.
Even though I would usually have only 1 bar showing on my phone, thus would barely even be able to get through to them, they'd be able to unlock my vehicle and pull my head out of my ass for me-repeatedly
Also, back then remember 'hands free' phone usage was all but non-existent, and through Onstar your vehicle would have its own phone and phone number. IIRC it was 25-cents/minute, but-for me at least- the phone calls made through the vehicle weren't the type that lasted more than 2-3mins anyway.
Anyway, with smart phones and bluetooth, Onstar has become antiquated, and a really easy way for GM to build(and undoubtedly sell-at least at some point) a HUGE database on its customer's driving habits(as you wrote).
Not to mention knowledge of where we all are 24-freaking-7