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Hey folks! New poster here. Been in love with Cadillac since I was 2.

Mad at GM though. I read that after Dec. 07, the analog service for OnStar will be turned off, affecting any GM's built before '04. They also said that upgrade to digital is not possible for cars that have analog service.

I didn't subscribe to OnStar when I bought my ETC last year, but I was going to when I found out that I could add a phone number to my Verizon account for the Cadi for the whole hands-free thing. (I have an issue with Bluetooth, people walking around wearing them like Jewelry, like they should be saying "I am Locutus of Borg".)

Subscribing now would be pointless.

Not happy. :angry:

Resistance is futile.

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Welcome; glad you are here.

Yes, the first digital cell phones did not perform well in cars, so On Star focused on analog phones. The cell phone industry on the other hand found that they could carry a lot more calls on digital lines, so they are turning off the analog service. Unfortunately, it is not economic to replace the analog phone circuits in the older cars with digital setups; it would be $2-3K+ per install. My car has an onstar phone, which is terrific for the hands free, but I find that I use my pocket cell in the car as much because of the different address list. I think bluetooth is the way to go, but I agree with the not wanting a blue tooth ear piece. I just want the car and the phone to work it out, and use the car speakers when I am in the Cadillac.

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Don't some of the newer Cadillacs come with Bluetooth? If they do, that's probably more stable than cell phone technology, which will likely roll over every 5 years or so.

I just got a Garmin Nuvi 650, which is a pocket GPS navigation unit with Bluetooth. I have tried it and it seems to be quite capable of supporting hands-free telephone useage. I'll have a full report in a few weeks, when I have more time with it.

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That's right. The FCC mandate was to require cellular providers that already had analog service to keep it running until February 18th, 2008. I'm disappointed as well because I won't be able to use my extensive cellphone collection that is mostly analog phone's. However, I do believe that Onstar is switching to some other type of service, although I'd find it ridiculous for them to charge anything like two or three grand for that revision.

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I read that after Dec. 07, the analog service for OnStar will be turned off . . . .

Is there any significance to their having chosen Pearl Harbor Day? <_<

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I'm afraid to think about it Warren...

As Bruce says, though, I have been told that the future of GM's efforts will be integrated bluetooth... which means your phone will link to the bluetooth in your car, and then you can drive and talk hands free, no goofy thing in your ear. The sound would come out the speakers, and the microphone will supposedly be in the drivers side a-pillar...

There is an upgrade to your existing onstar though... it costs about $50,000, and includes a new DeVille.... :lol:

Sorry... my parts guy buddy dropped that on me, I couldn't resist... my apologies.

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There is an upgrade to your existing onstar though... it costs about $50,000, and includes a new DeVille.... :lol:

Literally LOL at this.

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I carry a Bluetooth phone and keep a Bluetooth earpiece in the center console. Been Bluetooth and hands free for years. Works great! :)

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Warren

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There is an upgrade to your existing onstar though... it costs about $50,000, and includes a new DeVille.... :lol:

Literally LOL at this.

Very Funny..... Resistance is Futile (we will get you to upgrade!)

I am about to replace my factory stereo with one that has bluetooth, HD and an IPOD connection, will advise.. I have the base radio (no BOSE), so its easy. The factory unit sucks badly.. I hope to retain the steering wheel controls also

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