Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 2004 SLK32 AMG
Location: San Diego, CA
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RE: Tele Aid system, is it a theft deterrent?
Interesting that this thread started a year ago.
LoJack is operated in conjunction with police departments in about 20 states and DC. In some states, it is only used in the more populated areas. Once LoJack is installed, you do have to register your unit either on-line or by phone with LoJack. If you get the Early Warning system, you provide them with up to 6 ways to contact you if your vehicle is moved without you in it [actually the key pass].
TeleAid might be in between deterent and recovery system. While TeleAid offers an interesting service, the vehicle has to be running for it to be tracked. Otherwise you can only get the position at which the engine was last on. While GPS would provide accurate position of the vehicle, it does not work well, or at all, if the vehicle is in a building (forget it if the building's roof is metal for example), under a bridge, or even under heavy foliage. If it is in a metal shipping container it won't work.
TeleAid uses analog cellular telephony to transmit the data. So, if you are out of analog coverage, TeleAid won't work. TeleAid may not have agreements with service providers in all areas that otherwise have analog service. Significant portions of the US, Canada, and Mexico have spotty, minimal or no analog coverage. While the FCC currently requires a certain type of cellular carrier to provide analog, that requirement goes away in four years. Maybe that's not a big deal for folks that have and use TeleAid now, but I wouldn't want a new TeleAid just like this one in 2007 or 2008.
While LoJack is not perfect, it is a good choice in many areas especially with the Early Warning System. My inadvertant testing says you will get notifications pretty darn quick, much faster than advertised. It is also much more difficult to "block" the LoJack signal than gps and AMPS. By the way, my insurance company gives a discount on comprehensive coverage for On Star, and related services, but not for TeleAid. They also give a discount for LoJack.