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OnStar Link Dongle Not Happening?

hyperlexis
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So there was a post or an email from GM I read a few weeks ago saying the OnStar Link dongle project was being shelved because of the global chip shortage and a solution would be announced soon.  What is going on with this and have there been any updates?  As far as I am concerned the data port dongle is garbage, and would only provide a degraded, crippled version of OnStar that required using a cell phone while driving for most of the remaining functions to even work (like navigation ...which you already have on a smartphone.  Or calling for help ...which you already have on a smartphone.  Or dialing a phone number ...which you already have on a smartphone.)  So, OK GOOGLE, what is GM's latest solution to the pending 2022 OnStar shutdown crisis?

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David11
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https://www.onstar.com/us/en/link-adapter/faq

The info is buried, but "Due to ongoing semiconductor shortages, GM is discontinuing the previously announced OnStar Link adapter program. Program updates will be announced at a later date."

Since the shutdown could be as early as the end of February 2022, it seems like there needs to be an announcement from GM soon as to what is being done.

I agree that the dongle, as its capabilities were described in the earlier email, is a horrible solution. Much of the best Onstar functionality is lost, and your cell phone becomes the main point of communication. The Onstar Guardian app is not a suitable replacement for Onstar as integrated into the car. 

I recognize that the semiconductor shortage is real, but GM has known about the 3G sunset for YEARS, and still has not communicated an adequate plan for owners without outdated Onstar modules. The future fix for this is to make all modules OTA update-able, which I believe is being done.

Can someone from GM who KNOWS -- please post info about the sunset plans, or lack thereof??