Wireless Introduces the America's Choice With Onstar Plan
Choice With Onstar Gives Customers Option to Use Verizon Wireless
With Handset or Onstar-Embedded
Phone and the Convenience of One Bill
Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, and OnStar, the nation's
leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services, announced
today the availability of the America's Choice with OnStar service plan. With
the new plan, customers can use their Verizon Wireless phones outside the vehicle
and send calls from their handheld phones to OnStar embedded in-vehicle phones.
America's Choice with OnStar is the first calling plan that integrates handheld
wireless service with a fully embedded, voice-activated in-vehicle phone and gives
customers the convenience and simplicity of receiving one bill.
America's Choice with OnStar calling plan lets our customers use their Verizon
Wireless minutes inside their OnStar-equipped vehicles, giving them access to
our award-winning wireless service with the additional conveniences of hands-free
voice-activated dialing and a single bill," said John Stratton, chief marketing
officer for Verizon Wireless.
our relationships with the world's largest automaker and the nation's leading
wireless provider, we are able to respond to our subscribers' requests to offer
increased mobile connectivity," said Chet Huber, president of OnStar, a wholly
owned subsidiary of General Motors. "The availability of this handheld option
is a natural extension of OnStar's industry leadership in the delivery of safety,
security and communications inside the vehicle."
America's Choice with OnStar plan lets customers use their Verizon Wireless plan
minutes to make and receive calls on their handheld Verizon Wireless phones and
OnStar in-vehicle phones and drivers can simply transfer incoming calls from their
Verizon Wireless handset to the embedded phone in their OnStar-equipped General
Motors vehicle. Customers can select from two options:
Call Forwarding - Customers can forward all calls from their Verizon Wireless
handheld phones directly to their in-vehicle OnStar phones.
Call Forwarding - Customers can select to have the Verizon Wireless handheld phones
ring four to five times before the call is forwarded to the in-vehicle OnStar
phone. With this option, subscribers have the flexibility of answering either
their handheld or in-vehicle phone.
mid July, the Verizon Wireless' America's Choice with OnStar plan will be available
in the Atlanta, Kansas City, New York, San Francisco and the greater metro Detroit
markets. The service will continue to roll out and should be available throughout
the Verizon Wireless service area in the following several months.
"Hands-free, cell phone communication in the automobile is one of the top
wireless applications vehicle owners are interested in," said Thilo Koslowski,
lead automotive analyst and vice president, Gartner. "A successful communication
solution will focus on reliability, flexibility and affordability by allowing
customers to continue using their existing cellular phones and service contracts
when making calls from their vehicles."
affordability of digital makes the America's Choice with OnStar calling plan possible.
OnStar's improved digital hardware allows for more secure calling, improved voice
recognition and faster, continuous digit dialing. The embedded digital phone is
compatible with CDMA wireless service.
subscribers with new OnStar digital hardware can sign up for the America's Choice
with OnStar service plan by updating existing Verizon Wireless customer agreements
or by obtaining a new Verizon Wireless agreement. OnStar subscribers can learn
more about the calling plan by contacting OnStar at the toll-free number, 888-4-ONSTAR
(888-466-7827). New OnStar subscribers will receive information about the plan
from OnStar during the first few months of their subscription.