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Bertaux,

Congratulation on your S500.

If you wish to remain with Sprint, the Argos may be your best solution despite its expense. The Mercedes V60 puck is not compatible with any Sprint firmware that I am aware of. Upgrade of your S500 to a V60 configuration would be about as expensive as the Argos option if you could locate parts through ebay, and much more expensive to have a dealer do it.

There is no Mercedes iPod kit that integrates with your car. Further, your car does not have an AUX input that would allow you to use a simple stereo plug. The only system I am aware of for good integration is the Dension Gateway 500; you need the D2B version. You're already familiar with it, apparently - but it would be a good idea to read in detail. The interface for the D2B version is limited (your COMAND does not display text, i.e., song titles - only track numbers). However, the sound quality is superb, and you do have steering wheel controls. Also, there is an option to allow using the iPod itself for all of its selections and sort options, and use the steering wheel controls for volume and changing tracks.

What firmware update do you want for COMAND? Flashing COMAND units can be dicey, and unless it is an update called for by a service bulletin (there has been at least one, because of audio dropouts not related to a call waiting signal from the phone) it is not recommended. The update is only available from Mercedes. There is no MB Sirius unit that integrates with the D2B COMAND. And, RDS is not available on any U.S.specification W220, much to my chagrin. it is available on European specification cars.

When you look at the Gateway 500, however, be sure you check out some of the additional equipment options just becoming available. Out of the box it has USB and RCA jacks; and new equipment (that I have not seen) provides intriguing options. Information is on the home page for the GW 50 and is also in the user manual, which you can download. One of the options includes bluetooth, but I don't know enough about it yet.
 

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Just as a test this afternoon I successfully paired a Sprint Sanyo 8400 (SPC-8400) with a v60 Bluetooth puck in my 2003 SLK 320. I also successfully placed a call. I do not know if indicates that the Treo BT will pair or not.
 

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Wiring/installation help....

Skylaw,

You seem very knowledgeable when it comes to wiring & installation…maybe you can help me. I recently purchased my first MB - the only problem I have encountered is transferring my XM from my BMW to the MB. The dealership won't help me since they have a contract with Sirius, and I can't find an XM installation guide for a Benz online.

Reading past threads, it seems possible to install the XM, but I have not come across exactly what equipment is needed.
From the previous set-up, I have the adapter, receiver, antenna, and wires to connect through the radio. Do you know if I can use the same equipment to install in the MB?

Any suggestions??

Thanks,
MMB
 

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mmb said:
Skylaw,

You seem very knowledgeable when it comes to wiring & installation…maybe you can help me. I recently purchased my first MB - the only problem I have encountered is transferring my XM from my BMW to the MB. The dealership won't help me since they have a contract with Sirius, and I can't find an XM installation guide for a Benz online.

Reading past threads, it seems possible to install the XM, but I have not come across exactly what equipment is needed.
From the previous set-up, I have the adapter, receiver, antenna, and wires to connect through the radio. Do you know if I can use the same equipment to install in the MB?

Any suggestions??

Thanks,
MMB
Sorry, mmb, I can't help you with that one. And since MB is a part owner of Sirius, MB isn't going to help you with it either.
 

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I have a 2005 MB C230 sedan. How do I get my handsfree phone system to work. I own a Blackberry Curve 8300 but I can't get it to pair with the car?
 

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There is a blank button on my COMAND unit...next to CD, I believe. On European models this is SAT or TV. Couldn't a Sirius be added to this? Also, how do I tell if I have 2.0 or 2.5 ?
 

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Bertaux,

You have a COMAND 2.5. It is a D2B unit, with a CD-based navigation system.

I do not believe the MB Sirius retrofit is available for your car. It came out for MOST bus equipped cars. If you have a Sirius or XM unit with RCA or USB output, you might research the Dension Gateway 500 for D2B.

We'd appreciate your adding the year and model of your car (perhaps below your avatar) so we don't have to hunt for it.

Your questions related specifically to COMAND and to Sirius might be better placed in a different location in the Audio and Telematics forum - rather than in a string designed as a how-to guide for cell phones.
 

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jfmiller79 said:
I wouldn't even worry about the list from AWS... My phone is not on the list, Sprint PPC-6700 . I have found a bluetooth stack that makes all the functionality of the phone work. Phonebook, missed and received calls, and outgoing call will all show up on the command. You can even use voice command dialing.

The name of the product is Jetware.. JETware Mobile Software

The build is a beta but Jim should be releasing it in a few weeks. I am extremely pleased with product and their support for the product is great. They have a data logger that logs all communication between the command and the phone and if any problems arise you email the data log to support and they are usually back to you in a day or so...

Anyone that has a smartphone or Windows Mobile 5 phone should definitely check this product out if your phone is not completely syncing with your command...
I just tried this software on my HTC Advantage (X7501) WM6 device, and it allowed the contacts download to my car's phonebook - which I couldn't do prior to this software. The Caller ID name isn't coming up on COMAND when I receive a call, but it could be a configuration issue with the software. Overall, I think I'll be keeping and registering this software. :)

BTW - this is using the older V60 Bluetooth puck.
 

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Dual band linear compensator issues and possible solution

I have a 2001 CL600 with the built in Timeport whose network is obviously dead or dying. I went the Argos Bluetooth route which was as painless an installation for me as it has been for others. Then I replaced my timeport cradle with the smoothtalker cradle for the GSM RAZR V3 wanting to use the linear compensator and bumper antenna to get around the infra red metallic coating in my car windows which does in fact cause me to lose a bar of signal strength in my rural area.

When I put my phone in the newly installed cradle I lost signal strength rather than gaining it. Upon further investigation (including going to the FCC website using the dual band compensator FCC id to gain a tremendous amount of information about what the compensator does and how it works) I found out that the compensator was powered off. I tested it using teleaide (the old system that is dying) and found out how to power it on. I tested this with a lash up wiring system and found that I gain 1 bar of signal strength as a result of using the linear compensator. My current plan is to use a relay powered off "key in position one"voltage to power up the dual compensator. The other issue that I have is that the compensator has a digitally controlled attenuator on the transmit path - unknown purpose but presumably to either compensate for different phones or to prevent too high a transmit signal strength in urban areas. Comments on this would be welcome. Since I have no means of altering it it will be left at whatever setting it was at and we will see what happens.

Newbie to this forum posting but these forums have been so helpful to me that I thought I would write up this note since it did not look like it had been discussed before.
 

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phone upgrade, MP3, bluetooth, etc

What about older models? CLK430 from 1999.
I have there: original phone installation (old Nokia), no COMAND, APS IV (radio, CD changer, CC, small Navi).
And I would prefer: adapter for more modern phone, connection to external MP3 player (or iPod), perhaps bluetooth.
Any suggestions - highly appreciated
 

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Skylaw: I have been trying to get a reply from Mik to no avail, and his site has an old last update date. Do you know if he is still in business? I have some questions to ask him about using his Mikbox. Thanks Bill [email protected]
 

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I have a HTC Pocket PC and I want to know if it will pair with the MB V60 bluetooth before I purchase it. Has anyone tested an HTC phone with MB V60 bluetooth?
 

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i'm usally really good with gadgetry but i'm a little confused here, where are the pse part numbers located? and what/where is Autosense? my cradle is startac
 

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icwater said:
i'm usally really good with gadgetry but i'm a little confused here, where are the pse part numbers located? and what/where is Autosense? my cradle is startac
See the phone bulletins I mentioned and provided a link to in the first part of the string.
 

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so basicly i need a 03 psa an oem v60 cradle and the puck? also did Mikbox go out of buisness? the last news update on the site is 05 and the main page is down
 

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Perhaps You Could Advise Me?

Skylaw,

When I bought my '07 S550 my Motorola MPx220 was successfully paired with and worked well with the BT system in the car. Last week the MPx220 died a horrible death and I now have a MotoRAZR v.9 which I cannot get to work with the car's BT system.
The real problem is being an old person and all, I'm not all that savvy when it comes to electronics. I went through the pairing routine and the car shows the phone as being authorized however the COMAND system shows the phone as off when I tried using it to place a call.

Q 1, Did I pair them wrong?
Q 2, Is there a way to update the car's firmware outside of the dealership's seeming ignorant/indifferent gadget guru?

Any help / advice will be appreciated.

Thanks,

PSK


PS: I have been searching for a site like this since I got the car. The BMW's I have are/were all enjoyed with the help of communities such as this and now I'm a happy camper having found you folks. :)
 

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Hey All,
I just purchased a 2002 CLK320 that is pre-wired for and has the cradle for the hands-free phone. I would like to update the cradle/phone system so that it is compatible with newer phones, primarily any new phone I wish to buy. I found, on eBay, an OEM MB phone cradle and V557 motorola cell phone. Can I simply buy this and replace it with the cradle that's currently in the arm rest? Will the V60 bluetooth puck from this article work for almost any phone with bluetooth?
What are my options?
Please help!
Danny
 

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PSK, send me a private message with your e-mail address, and include the version of your RAZR (I'm not aware of a v.9) and your cellular service provider. I can send you the version number of the firmware that is compatible with your Bluetooth system. Alternatively, you can call AWS at 1-800-910-1021 and ask.
 

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dwill454 said:
Hey All,
I just purchased a 2002 CLK320 that is pre-wired for and has the cradle for the hands-free phone. I would like to update the cradle/phone system so that it is compatible with newer phones, primarily any new phone I wish to buy. I found, on eBay, an OEM MB phone cradle and V557 motorola cell phone. Can I simply buy this and replace it with the cradle that's currently in the arm rest? Will the V60 bluetooth puck from this article work for almost any phone with bluetooth?
What are my options?
Please help!
Danny
Danny,

The series of posts at the top of this string answer your questions - especially posts 1, 2 (for plug-in phones), and 3 & 6 (for Bluetooth). Read them carefully. Find out exactly what you already have. Follow the links in the posts. Then you can determine just what you need.

The reasons those post are there is to avoid having to tailor an answer for every specific model and model year; your situation is covered.
 
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