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    Notan
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    George wrote:
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    > I just wondered what system OnStar uses. Is it direct to satellite,
    > or AMPS, or what?
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    > If it's AMPS, what are they gonna do in 2008?


    http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp...technology.jsp

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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    as far as i kno its connect via sattelite because, consumers need to be reached anywhere inc ase of an emergency, so if u cant reach anyone where theres no cellphone service in the area u r in, they contact you using sattelite connection, so theres no loss in connection

    hope this helps
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    Donald Newcomb
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    Re: What does OnStar use?


    "Notan" <notan@ddress.thatcanbespammed> wrote in message
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    > George wrote:
    > >
    > > I just wondered what system OnStar uses. Is it direct to satellite,
    > > or AMPS, or what?
    > >
    > > If it's AMPS, what are they gonna do in 2008?

    >
    > http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp...technology.jsp



    So if your car is 2003 or earlier you may have a problem? What sort of
    "Digital"? If it's TDMA you're just as SOL as if it's AMPS.
    This answers the question a little more clearly:
    http://www.onstar.com/us_english/jsp...iew=tech_equip

    Q13. What is digital?
    A13. In a digital wireless system, voice is converted to a digital signal
    and then transmitted over air. Digital wireless service operates in both the
    800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequency range. The three dominant systems in the U.S.
    and Canada are CDMA, GSM and TDMA. OnStar-equipped vehicles with dual-mode
    (analog/digital) hardware have been engineered to work in the 800 MHz
    frequency for analog or CDMA digital networks, in addition to the 1900 MHz
    CDMA digital networks.

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    Re: What does OnStar use?


    "Korean_Boi" <Korean_Boi.2c2s89@nospam.cellphoneforums.net> wrote in message
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    > as far as i kno its connect via sattelite because, consumers need to be
    > reached anywhere inc ase of an emergency, so if u cant reach anyone
    > where theres no cellphone service in the area u r in, they contact you
    > using sattelite connection, so theres no loss in connection
    >


    Satellite? I don't think so.





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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    that was a useless post

    either elaborae my mistake or dont post at all
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    Steve Sobol
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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    Korean_Boi wrote:
    > that was a useless post
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    > either elaborae my mistake or dont post at all


    The cited page on the OnStar website mentions cellular, not satellite at all
    (okay, GPS, but it doesn't refer to the use of satellite phones at all).


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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    ok

    thats better
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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    This may be a surprise to many but it is more than mere speculation. Onstar uses CDMA and AMPS which service is provided by none other than Alltel Communications, "Americas largest wireless network". Onstar provides the equipment ans trademark and Alltel provides the signal, which is exceptional in most areas one may be inclined to take a vehicle.



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    Re: What does OnStar use?


    "Korean_Boi" <Korean_Boi.2c3bo5@nospam.cellphoneforums.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > that was a useless post
    >
    > either elaborae my mistake or dont post at all
    >


    I was very clear- I don't think they use satellite, which was a polite way
    of saying that you were mistaken.

    I'll be a little clearer this time- OnStar does not use satellite for voice
    transmission. You were wrong and didn't know what you were talking about,
    as you claimed.

    Is that better?





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    Steve Sobol
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    Re: What does OnStar use?

    Crossposted into alt.cellular.alltel...

    bigdaddyek82 wrote:
    > This may be a surprise to many but it is more than mere speculation.
    > Onstar uses CDMA and AMPS which service is provided by none other than
    > Alltel Communications, "Americas largest wireless network". Onstar
    > provides the equipment ans trademark and Alltel provides the signal,
    > which is exceptional in most areas one may be inclined to take a
    > vehicle.


    America's largest wireless network? I doubt it.

    One of the largest, to be sure. But let's look at company history:

    (a) Alltel started as a company that only serviced landlines in rural and a
    few smaller metro areas. Their wireless coverage initially continued that trend.

    (b) Through mergers and acquisitions, they got bigger. They also swapped some
    markets with Verizon. They also got a couple markets as a result of the
    merger that created Verizon; for example, my hometown, which already had
    AirTouch Cellular flipping to Verizon Wireless. Alltel got Cleveland's old
    GTE Mobilnet network.

    (c) The biggest deal was their recent purchase of Western Wireless, owner of
    the CellularONE brand. They were already reasonably large by then, but that
    deal added a decent amount of real estate.

    (d) Yet even now, although they *are* now a major player, they don't service
    any of the three biggest markets. Nothing in NYC, nothing in Los Angeles,
    nothing in Chicago. Not only do they not serve Los Angeles, they have no
    coverage in California at all. The closest location to my house where I can
    use Alltel's network is the Grand Canyon, a few hundred miles away from here.

    I have a problem believing that a cell carrier not serving *any* part of
    California qualifies as the largest in the country.

    I mean, I'm pretty sure Alltel's a decent carrier; I was a customer of theirs
    for a while and they treated me well. They're just not "the largest in the
    country."


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