I see the point in Sublime Text phoning home to check the license is valid, but having the editor phone home every start leaves the feeling of being watched and tracked.
I personally use Sublime Text not only for code editing but also as Notepad replacement, so I start it several times a day just to change some bytes in text files here and there ...
How about adding some more randomness?
Maybe just do the license check only on "even" days of a month and start the check at a timespan of 5 to 30 minutes after starting the editor?
This would skip the check for most cases where just some small changes are made using Sublime Text and reduce the invasion of the privacy.