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Here is some more on the Telematics options, as promised: <br>Volvo's On Call Plus system integrates the car's built-in telephone with the airbags, inflatable curtains, seat belt pretensioners and alarm systems. <br>The On Call Plus system utilizes:<br>* GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to determine vehicle's location<br>* The vehicle's built-in telephone to establish voice contact eith the On Call Plus service center<p>The On Call Plus system is active when the ignition key is in position I or II and for 96 hours after the key has been switched off.<p>The system is equipped with a back-up battery that enables an activated service to be completed, even if the vehicle's normal electrical system has been disrupted.<p>The On Call Plus system automatically notifies the On Call Plus service center in two situations:<br>* In an accident where a collision sensor activates a front or side airbag, an inflatable curtain, or a seat belt pretensioner. Activation of the WHIPS system will not initiate automatic notification to the service center.<br>* If the vehicle's anti-theft alarm is triggered.<p>One can also manually initiate contact with the Service Center. This is done by pressing and holding either the On Call or SOS button for at least 2 seconds. Those buttons can be used even when the key is NOT in the ignition.<p>Automatic Collision Notification <br>When any supplemental restraint system (SRS) sensor in the car is activated:<br>1. A call is automatically initiated from the On Call Plus system in the vehicle to the On Call Plus service senter.<br>2. The service center then talks to someone on the vehicle to assess the situation and determine the need for assistance.<br>3. The service center then contacts other support services, who send required assistance to the vehicle's location.<p>Automatic Theft Notification <br>When the vehicle's alarm system is triggered:<br>1. The On Call Plus service center is automatically notified if the alram is not turned off within 15 seconds.<br>2. The On Call Plus service center then tries to establish contact with the owner of the vehicle or another authorized person.<br>3. If theft is confirmed, the On Call Plus service center and the owner decide on further action (police, tracking, etc.).<p>Remore Unlocking/Alarm Deactivation <br>1. If you are locked out of your vehicle, then you can contact the On Call Plus service senter via their toll-free telephone number.<br>2. The On Call Plus service center can send a signal to unlock the vehicle and deactivate the alarm.<br>3. Sedans only: Complete the unlocking sequence by depressing the trunk handle twice, which is located on the underside of the rear edge of the trunk lid.<p>NOTE: The remote unlocking function is only available within 96 hours from the time at which the vehicle was locked. Also, note that if the car is parked e.g., in an underground parking garage, remote unlocking may not be possible due to poor telephone reception.<p>That's it for now...the more we learn, the more we will post and/or be able to answer further questions. Very nice system... Volvo should have been offering it, already.<p><br>Yannis
 

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Thanks, Yannis for the update!<p>I realize that you are still getting info, but I thought I might pose some questions that your post has produced for me:<p>1. Is the On Call Plus system similar to the Mercedes system in that it is standard with the car, whether or not you get a phone?<p>2. If it is an option, what is it's price?<p>3. You state that "Volvo should have been offering it, already" - if a client such as myself has a car on order and the On Call Plus is an option, can it still be added to an order? <p>4. If an integrated phone is available, is that and option, what's the cost, what service does it work with, etc.<p>Thanks again for the info, and I'll look forward to hearing the updates!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Thanks, Yannis for the update!<p>I realize that you are still getting info, but I thought I might pose some questions that your post has produced for me:<p>1. Is the On Call Plus system similar to the Mercedes system in that it is standard with the car, whether or not you get a phone?<p>2. If it is an option, what is it's price?<p>3. You state that "Volvo should have been offering it, already" - if a client such as myself has a car on order and the On Call Plus is an option, can it still be added to an order? <p>4. If an integrated phone is available, is that and option, what's the cost, what service does it work with, etc.<p>Thanks again for the info, and I'll look forward to hearing the updates!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>You are welocme. Here are your answers:<p>1. It is only standard on the S80 T6 models. Optional under the name "TELEMATICS" on the rest (excl. S/V40s and XC90s, for the time being)<p>2. MSRP $835<p>3. It cannot be retrofitted to pre-2003 models <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"><p>4. That particular telephone is not a separate option; it comes together with the Telematics package<p><br>Yannis
 

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Yannis,<p>IIRC, didn't you mention before a while ago that Volvo will be using <FONT COLOR="orange"><b>Cingular</b></FONT> as their service provider? I guess that means that peole won't be able to use Sprint PCS, Verizon, etc...?<p>-Drew
 

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Yannis:<br>When you buy a car (not just an XC90, but any Volvo) with a built in, integrated phone, how do you get it set up for the cell phone provider you use? For instance, due to my fairly isolated location, there is only one cell phone co. that really works (Carolina Western). I suppose you take the car in and they do their magic on the key-pad. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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As I am prone to do, a couple of more questions so I am clear:<p>When you say the telephone is not a separate option but is included with the Telematics Option, this means you get the On Call service as well a an integrated phone - with a removeable, portable phone as part of the package?<p>The reason I ask is that on my Mercedes it is done another way: the car comes with the TeleAid (like On Call) built into the car: this ONLY allows a direct link to the Mercedes call center (for towing, directions, etc.). If you want to be able to dial anyone you want to, you need to order the car phone kit (dealer installed) that is a modified Motorola V60 phone that then integrates into the system while attached to the car or can be used as a typical portable outside the car.<p>So, is it correct to say the Volvo version offers both the On Call with a portable phone in the package? If so, do you know what brand/model the phone is (and what services will be available)?<p>Thanks again!
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>As I am prone to do, a couple of more questions so I am clear:<p>When you say the telephone is not a separate option but is included with the Telematics Option, this means you get the On Call service as well a an integrated phone - with a removeable, portable phone as part of the package?<p>The reason I ask is that on my Mercedes it is done another way: the car comes with the TeleAid (like On Call) built into the car: this ONLY allows a direct link to the Mercedes call center (for towing, directions, etc.). If you want to be able to dial anyone you want to, you need to order the car phone kit (dealer installed) that is a modified Motorola V60 phone that then integrates into the system while attached to the car or can be used as a typical portable outside the car.<p>So, is it correct to say the Volvo version offers both the On Call with a portable phone in the package? If so, do you know what brand/model the phone is (and what services will be available)?<p>Thanks again!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>With Volvos, the telephone itself has to be activated by you. If you decide not to bother with it, then you will have the free On Call Plus for 12 months. But if you decide to activate it, then you have both. The contact with the On Call Plus service center is initiated by pressing any of the two buttons, not by phone. You can call the toll free number but that would take much more time.<p>The telephone is not removable, it is attached to the center console.<p>I do not know what brand the telephone is. I will call and find out for you.<p>Yannis
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Yannis,<p>IIRC, didn't you mention before a while ago that Volvo will be using <FONT COLOR="orange"><b>Cingular</b></FONT> as their service provider? I guess that means that peole won't be able to use Sprint PCS, Verizon, etc...?<p>-Drew<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Drew, <p>Cingular is the <I> <U>first</U> </I> company that Volvo is contracted with. I do believe that more companies will be added.<p><br>Yannis
 

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It sounds to me that the Telematics Option is akin to the Mercedes TeleAid - used for directions, road service, and emergencies. <p>Although it is a two way communication device, I think it is wrong to call it a telephone on the Volvo, as it seems there is no way to make a standard call to anyone you might want to by dialing them. It would seem to me that there would have to be another option (as there is on the Mercedes) for a true telephone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Although it is a two way communication device, I think it is wrong to call it a telephone on the Volvo, as it seems there is no way to make a standard call to anyone you might want to by dialing them. It would seem to me that there would have to be another option (as there is on the Mercedes) for a true telephone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0"> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Why do you say that? It IS a <U>telephone</U> that you can use to communicate with whomever you choose to. The only thing that would prevent you from using the telephone in that capacity would be you not activating it...<p>What is a "true" telephone and how is this integrated telephone not..."true"?<p><br>Yannis
 

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OK... I'm getting it now. I am just used to most cell phones today that can be pulled from the vehicle and used independantly - a little strange that Volvo went with a "fixed" installation (but it's better than nothing).<p>Thanks for clearing it up! I will look forward to hearing about what carriers will work with it (AT&T, etc.)
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Yannis,<p>IIRC, didn't you mention before a while ago that Volvo will be using <FONT COLOR="orange"><b>Cingular</b></FONT> as their service provider? I guess that means that peole won't be able to use Sprint PCS, Verizon, etc...?<p>-Drew<p><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p><br>AT&T Wireless is the company used, for the time being.<p>Yannis<br>
 

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Too bad the Telematics won't be available on the XC 90 until the 2004 models. It sounds like it would have been nice. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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1st Volvo On Call Plus experience, today...

OK...curiosity got the better of me...After I took a class, yesterday, where I learned a lot more about Volvo On Call Plus, etc., I could not wait any longer and decided to activate the feature on one of the new wagons that we just got it. In this case, I chose the Titanium Grey Metallic V70 T5 which will be our "mule", if you will, where we will demonstrate this feature to customers until it is sold.<p>I went to the website, vocplus.com, where I logged in, I created a customer profile (in this case it was me) and after the registration process I was given 4 or 5 different types of codes. I must make a note that the car had been fully PDI'd and all software had been downloaded. Anyway, after the registration through the website, I went to the car, turned the engine on and followed the 39-step process (actually, it was not that hard, pretty simple) that took me through registering those codes, etc. and then I was asked to place my "activation call to the VCOP Service Center". I made sure the telephone switch was lit up and then I pressed (and help) the "ON CALL" button for 2 secs. Through the Driver Information Module, I monitored the progress of the connection. The satellite link took a few seconds before the call went through and I was placed on hold with the Service Center, listening to classical music through the speakerphone right behind my head, inside the headrest.<p>After waiting for a period of about 20 seconds, a gentleman answered and I informed him that this was my "activation call". He seemed overly excited and told me that I was "one of their first calls"...He proceeded to verify my name and the VIN of the car. Then, he welcomed me and asked me if I can hang on so he could verify the position of my car. I said "OK" and waited a few seconds...he told me that according to the latitude and longitude showing on his screen, I was located in Southern Pennsylvania although he could not verify at that time the town. He asked me to wait a little longer in order to get another satellite feedback but I told him not to worry. The he proceeded with info that impressed me. He went: <B> <I>"According to information on my screen, I show one door open (my door was slightly ajar), exterior temperature readinf is 72 degrees (the car's display showed 71!), interior (!!!) temperature reading is 75 degrees and you have about 2 gallons of fuel left (yes, the gas light was on!!!)"</I> </B> Holy schmolly! Big Brother at its finest!!! Kind of spooky but I guess it is what it is...So, anyway, we bade farewell and that was it!<p>12 months are free, it costs $19/mo. after that period.<p><br>Yannis
 
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