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Great Mercedes bluetooth product!!!

My name is Ben from a company called Hands Free Vehicle Technologies. We specialize in Parrot Kits and Plug and Play installation cables. We have a slick way to integrate the buttons on your steering wheel with bluetooth technology for much cheaper than you'll pay from the factory. HFVT . Our integration is completely plug and play and can be done in minutes! (Professional installation of course) If you have Steering Wheel Control Buttons then you should try this integration, if not then we also have other Bluetooth products. Sorry I'm new to the forum so i hope this isn't abrasive, if it is I apologize in advance

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Nice, I'll be passing this one on to all of my pre-owned customers. Thanks!
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I've heard positive comments from Parrot product owners but it does not sound completely right to compare this with an MB OEM product. Even the price can be lower with MB OEM in some cases (puck with tail or even a BT puck).

For a car without any prewiring a kit like this would be an interesting option.

If I understand right, one would not get the instrument cluster integration, instead one would need to install a separate display which may be an aesthetic issue. The same with a microphone when it isn't able to use the car microphone. This one should work through the car speakers tough, doesn't it? That on the other hand means one would lose the car capability to multiplex navigation announcements etc. while on call. A separate loudspeaker would solve this and might not be difficult to install either.

Would be nice to know how phone book search works, I don't see how the steering wheel could be used if the phone book menu would not be active (or does the device really support the IC menu?). The "off hook" and "on hook" part from the steering wheel does not sound too useful if the display and its control buttons need to be reachable anyway and the same buttons appear there?

A short summary of the main features compared to OEM would be useful.

I assume your shop does not charge for the installation for a few minutes only irrespectively of the car model? Wiring the microphone and reaching speaker cables on a car with an amp at the trunk might not succeed in just a couple of minutes (while it would not take too long on a car with speaker wires at the HU).
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No display is necessary, most people install the steering wheel integration with the Parrot CK3000 which does not have a display. You would use your steering wheel buttons to scroll through the menus and contacts. when you are scrolling through, a voice through the speakers from the CK3000 tells you which contact your on and what part of the menus your on and so forth.

our kit does come with a microphone that installs behind the pillar, the very corner of your windshield, behind the rear view mirror, behind the dash , etc.

Unfortunately when the parrot is muting the radio because your on the phone with spoken navigation does mute also.

When the amp is in the trunk, we have a 16 foot adapter to run from the amp in the trunk to the Parrot kit under the dash that is very easy to install and you never have to run any extra wires.

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