OnStar FMV in my 2012 Kia Soul+
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    Thumbs up OnStar FMV in my 2012 Kia Soul+

    Has anyone else put OnStar FMV in their Kia?

    I have seen various posts looking to install gps for their soul. Here is the solution that has worked for me.
    First I wasn't going to screw with my uvo/premium audio and whatever solution could not risk voiding warranty.

    Vehicle:

    2012 Soul+
    with standard mirror
    36 Month lease

    Purchased OnStar FMV mirror from local retailer (Car Toys) during $99 with free installation sale.
    My actual cost for unit was $25.00 because they did not install.
    OnStar is a service of GM and comes standard in most GM vehicles. The OnStar FMV is an aftermarket self contained gps communications and crash detection mirror. when you need directions, push the blue button and the live operator will come on the line. You give the the address to the op and they will send turn by turn audio directions to your car. They have also been known to round up theatre showtimes and nearby yogart shops.


    Next I had my local Kia dealer install the OnStar FMV mirror.

    This was a super easy install because the Onstar mirror mounted perfectly on the already existing factory mirror mount.

    My understanding is that many soul+ w/premium audio package also have existing power wires overhead in the headliner. Thease existing power cable harness is in anticipation of possible future kia homelink mirror install.

    My kia dealer service tech charged me $125 for install which was cool with me because it keeps me kosher with kia lease terms and kia warranty.

    The Onstar FMV mirror gives me turn by turn directions, vehicle tracking, crash detection and hands free calling. Hands free calling is actually onstar's white label of Verizon wireless cell service. Yep, it a car phone with unlimited calling for $14 per month.

    PS. Onstar gave me a free year of services because.... I asked for it.
    I called them and told the guy I should be getting a free year like many of the new GM owners. LOL, he agreed.

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    I don't have the FMV but I had onstar in my malibu. Loved it and it has saved my butt so many times when I got lost in backwoods where there was no cell service.. lol

    My experience with them as well is there friendly and very helpful with pretty much anything you need.
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    How long was your free trial in the Malibu?

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    I got a year free of "Directions and Connections" with the Verizon Pre-paid phone free for a year (50min) or something like that but I never used the phone part. After the free trial ran up I paid for the safety only service until I got rid of the car last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinabu View Post
    I don't have the FMV but I had onstar in my malibu. Loved it and it has saved my butt so many times when I got lost in backwoods where there was no cell service.. lol
    That must have been quite the trick, as OnStar uses cellular service to communicate

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    It uses both cell and gps. My AT&T phone didnt work and had no service and I was able to call through with no problem. They use Verizon along with GPS to send information back and forth and to communicate. Your point is really moot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinabu View Post
    It uses both cell and gps. My AT&T phone didnt work and had no service and I was able to call through with no problem. They use Verizon along with GPS to send information back and forth and to communicate. Your point is really moot
    The communication from your car back to OnStar is completely cellular based. If there were no cell service you would not have been able to talk to them. It might have been a different carrier than the phone you had on you, but it was definitely cellular. OnStar uses GPS to locate you, but not for communications to/from the car.

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    That's essentially what I said.

    Onstar is CDMA, my personal phone at the time is GSM. I was able to talk to them and they used the GPS to see where I was at and get me back on the right path.
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    lol.

    [sent from the squat rack...]

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