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GM Moving Remote Start, Door Unlock, & Others To Standard Features List

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General Motors has announced today that it will be moving a few optional extras over to the standard features list. When a customer takes delivery of a 2014 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle, he or she will be able to sign up for a paid or trial version of the OnStar system.

That system features the ability to connect to the owners smartphone by way of the RemoteLink Mobile App, and it includes a plethora of features that keep folks connected to their cars.

Regardless of whether the new car owner opts to pay for the OnStar subscription, the RemoteLink Mobile App will remain usable and free for five years. This means that customers will have access to a variety of great features that used to require the OnStar subscription.

GM owners will be able to remotely start their vehicles, lock and unlock the vehicle doors, and activate the lights all from their smartphone. Additional features of the app include the ability to monitor items such as oil and fuel levels, one-touch access to an OnStar Advisor, and the ability to send directions from the phone to the car, which are all available for the length of the OnStar trial or subscription period.

General Motors has stated that its cars are becoming more connected machines, and it's wise to offer up these premium services as no-cost enticing extras. Per GM, their customers love the remote start feature and it's the most popular item on the mobile app.

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  1. NO WAY.. Forcing me to use a product that I do not want, so now they will hound me when I refuse to use it. Give me something beneficial like what those check engine lights means and how to fix them.
    I am interested in a 2014 chevy pickup... but may go to the Ram or Dodge product when I am being force to tolerate auto makers spam being pushed each time you get into your auto. Ford, lost me as a customer with their info junk they put on their autos. Is GM next?
    This may be a deal breaker for me.
     
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  2. The remote link application is a feature that you can use at your convenience. No one is obliged to use the application. By default, once a customer buys a new GM vehicle, the deal comes with a free OnStar trial period varrying between 6 months up to one year, depending on the vehicle purchased. after the trial period is over, customers have the choice of renewing the subscription or not. By default, the key fob services will remain active for 5 years EVEN if customers dont renew their OnStar.
     
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  3. I have satellite Radio on my three autos now and did not and will not sign up for it. I am hounded by XM weekly to sign up for their radio service .. Just give me a good AM FM radio and HD radio. I do not need or want ANYTHING that requires you to pay monthly to use it or REQUIRES my cell phone in order to use it.
    What a Joke they are playing on the buyers. I have emailed the auto makers but they are about responsive as your cell phone provider when you tell them you have no service.
    Just put your complaint into a bottle and throw it into the sea.....is just about the same results
     
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  4. The remote link application is a feature that you can use at your convenience. No one is obliged to use the application. By default, once a customer buys a new GM vehicle, the deal comes with a free OnStar trial period varrying between 6 months up to one year, depending on the vehicle purchased. after the trial period is over, customers have the choice of renewing the subscription or not. By default, the key fob services will remain active for 5 years EVEN if customers dont renew their OnStar.
     
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