Originally Posted by aceinspp
Just what we need more tracking and invasion of ones privacy. One reason I do not have smart phones and do not have On Star activated. Later RJD
Onstar, whether activated or not, sends data regardless. You have to either pull the fuse or if you are really concerned you can unplug the module. The module also does the Bluetooth so you would lose that too. The module is called VCIM and on trucks is in the dash below the infotainment. It will have 3 plugs, a Bluetooth antenna, and a GPS antenna plug.
I know a bit about it because I just replaced one in our Yukon Denali. Personally I like the feature. I'm able to lock/unlock, remote start, activate horn/lights, check fuel level/range, check tire pressure and check oil change life left all from the Onstar APP on my phone.
As far as new cars with their own hotspot, I like the idea. We have 2 kids with Kindles and laptops. The Internet available to them can make our ride more enjoyable and they can get school work done.