The first telephone call was placed in 1876 – and we imagine people have been getting ticked off about phone nuisances ever since. While telemarketers and robocalls have replaced wrong numbers and people eavesdropping on the party line, now we have a new menace: "violators of the sanctity of the cockpit."

At least that's how an OnStar spokesman described an unwanted phone call a journalist received in an OnStar-equipped vehicle. John Voelcker writes about receiving a robocall while test-driving a Chevrolet Sonic, posing the question for his Car Connection readers, "Is this a common problem?"

Apparently not, at least according to what the OnStar spokesman says, describing the number of complaints the company receives as only "handfuls."

Perhaps the bigger question is whether such undesirable calls pose any real threat? As is often the case when dealing with telemarketers, the answer is not really, save for the nuisance factor. OnStar merely suggests owners of OnStar-equipped cars add their OnStar phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry and says it will credit any phone minutes wasted by robocallers.



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      Healthy Chap
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know about the US, but in Canada registering your number on the government-maintained NDCL makes you a telemarketing magnet. The amount of calls we've been getting since we put our number up has quadrupled and I'm not the only one affected by that problem - it's made the news.
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the journalist sure it wasn't OnStar reminding them to "Activate OnStar now!" or "Sign up before your free trial ends!" I got those all the time the first few months I bought my Hummer.
        floridahunk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregmlr
        htta's what i thought, too. But maybe, it could really be the scammers. I used to get telemarketer calls too when I got Sirius on my vehicle. called at least twice a day and asking me about my radio subscription. I reported the phone number to the telephone scams watchdog site http://www.callercenter.com and guess what? 5 other people also filed a complaint against the phone number.
        floridahunk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregmlr
        htta's what i thought, too. But maybe, it could really be the scammers. I used to get telemarketer calls too when I got Sirius on my vehicle. called at least twice a day and asking me about my radio subscription. I reported the phone number to the telephone scams watchdog site http://www.callercenter.com and guess what? 5 other people also filed a complaint against the phone number.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buying a GM vehicle is like standing on a street corner wearing a sign saying, "Kick me in the nuts for a nickel."
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only a matter of time until someone hacks the Onstar links.
      • 2 Years Ago
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