The only time I would like to have a Navigation program integrated in the car is when I am driving through an area without or with poor cell signal.
Right. What I did find out is that when I use the in-car hotspot and I connect my phone to it, the GPS does work even if my phone itself has low or no signal. That's why I always buy some GB on the OnStar Data plan when I go in a vacation and I know there is no cell coverage (my company) in the area.So, perhaps GM did not get it right by not offering an optional hard coded navigation suite! (double negative used for emphasis)
True... but it is so much more convenient to have it onboard instead of paying for the Data plan. 7 000 over 5 years is about what ? 116 $ a month. On par with Data plans we have here (+ phone, of course). In the end, it's about the same, IMO.Only if you were planning to purchase a fully loaded Premier to begin with. The extra $7k to go from an EUV LT to an EUV Premier with Sun & Sound can pay for a lot of cellular data.
Nowadays, yes. 5 years ago, the vice-versa was easier.You'd have to add the cost of the OnStar membership if you want those maps updated. Again, if you're already paying for OnStar, that's easy. But I would argue it's more common for people to already be paying for cellular data, and the built-in Nav + OnStar would be an additional cost, than the other way around.
That's true. What sucks is the fact that the area you want to download isn't easy to pinpoint on a cell. And I use mostly Maps, it seems more "clean" IMO.Google allows you to download maps for off-line use. I do it along the entire route when I'm traveling, both domestically and internationally.