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Thank you for your input, bronto60; it confirms the information in the fourth post in this string. Glad you helped the local techs see the light and got the phone working. Also, people are now reporting more success with Sprint firmware, which is good news.

There is now a listing of "approved" phones (phones and firmware that have tested compatible with MB systems) on the AWS site at http://www.wireless4mb.com/MB.pdf
 

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I've read all this and am still a bit confused. Am taking delivery on a '08 S550 next week, and currently use a Verizon Motorola RAZR. But I'm going to be changing to AT&T and the iPhone. Questions:
1. Is there a relative advantage to a cradle vs BT puck, other than having a power source?
2. In that I will be changing phones and carriers in about 2 months, wouldn't the BT option be the least expensive as it could be used with both phones?

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This all has been extremely helpful to a novice like me. Thank you Mr Skylaw.
I notice the site http://www.mikbox.com/ appears down and they haven't responded to my email about wanting to purchase the Mikbox. Do we know if they are still in business ? Thanks
 

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I've read all this and am still a bit confused. Am taking delivery on a '08 S550 next week, and currently use a Verizon Motorola RAZR. But I'm going to be changing to AT&T and the iPhone. Questions:
1. Is there a relative advantage to a cradle vs BT puck, other than having a power source?
2. In that I will be changing phones and carriers in about 2 months, wouldn't the BT option be the least expensive as it could be used with both phones?

Thanks.
napaBill,

A proper cradle allows you to connect to your car's external antenna for greater connectivity (better signal strength). However, I am not aware of a cradle for the iPhone.

If you buy a RAZR cradle, you may not even be able to pair your iPhone with it, undocked. For some inexplicable reason, they seem to be limited to pairing with RAZRs - the only cradle I know of that is limited in that way.

You are better off buying a puck, since you plan to change phones. Your iPhone will plug into your iPod kit, if you have ordered one; and it will also pair with the puck. However, there are some quirks to using it in this way - fairly simple ones, I understand. Suggest you read some of the iPhone operation tips posted here and on MBWorld, especially post #7 at IPhone with IPOD integration kit. - MBWorld.org Forums. Folks seem very happy with the iPhone in their Benzes.

The MB iPod kit also allows charging of your iPhone; it doesn't connect anything to the car's external antenna, however. Neither does the standard Bluetooth puck.
 

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This all has been extremely helpful to a novice like me. Thank you Mr Skylaw.
I notice the site http://www.mikbox.com/ appears down and they haven't responded to my email about wanting to purchase the Mikbox. Do we know if they are still in business ? Thanks
I do not know; I haven't spoken to or corresponded with MIK for quite a while. Also, his MikBox home page has apparently been down for some time, though some of the other pages are still available.
 

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How much did you pay for the part, and what did they charge you for labour?

I paid the advertised $388.00 MSRP. I also paid $110.00 in labor, which is 1 hour at my dealer. I purchased the unit from the parts department, and the parts guy and a service tech pretty much installed the unit in the parking lot. Once they got the unit and my telephone paired, I had to go back to service for an "official" service ticket so they could hook it up to the computer to activate the telephone.
 

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Sprint Treo 650

After pairing, the Treo 650 will not connect unless it is in phone mode. Before starting the car, double check that it is back in phone mode will assure a successful connection.
 

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I paid the advertised $388.00 MSRP. I also paid $110.00 in labor, which is 1 hour at my dealer. I purchased the unit from the parts department, and the parts guy and a service tech pretty much installed the unit in the parking lot. Once they got the unit and my telephone paired, I had to go back to service for an "official" service ticket so they could hook it up to the computer to activate the telephone.
Thanks for your reply.
 

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Great thread. I have a 2006 SL500 and frankly am so confused as to what I will need. The car came with "prewired for cell phone" but see no cradles or ports. I do not see anything in the armrest to plug anything into. My question: is there a slot or something that one plugs the "puck/MHI" device into?
Wish someone who has it working can shoot us some pictures.
 

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No pics, but the posts 1, 5, and 6 above are directly relevant to your SL. The phone bulletins for the '05 model on Paul Dick's site, referenced in the first few posts, will also apply to your '06. Photos are there.

You'll have to add the electronics package (referenced at the end of the phone bulletin) before you'll have anything to plug the puck or cradle into.
 

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Thanks Skylaw. This thread has been very informative just to learn about the fiberoptic system.
Is there a better place to order these parts or is the dealer the only source? Do you or anybody know what the part numbers are?
Thanks for your help.
 

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AT&T Tilt

I have been using the Razr with the Blue tooth cradle in my 07 CLS 550. I bought the new AT&T tilt today.

Cannot seem to pair it with the Cradle. The phone picks up the MB V3 Bluetooth but the car cannot connect to the phone. I also tried the JETware Mobile Software but to no avail.

Any thoughts?

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As I understand it, the Bluetooth unit in the RAZR BT/cradle combo pairs only with RAZR phones. I have no idea why this is. However, the instructions I received with mine said that "up to 4 RAZRs" could be paired; not up to four phones. You are not the first person to report being unable to pair a different phone.
 

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Best path to upgrade '00 E320 Wagon?

Skylaw,

Great community service on this thread!

I've a '00 E320 4MATIC wagon w/the orig Startac that I need to upgrade--no desire for bluetooth unless that's the easiest upgrade path. Happy to buy a low end phone and just stick it in the upgraded car.

It seems I need to (i) upgrade from the single band to the dual band linear compensator, and (ii) put in the Mikbox upgrade. Do I have that right? (I don't care about Teleaid.)

Since the Mikbox site is down, is there any other option for the Mikbox step in the upgrade?

Thanks,

LewisS
 

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Thank you for your comment, LewisS.

Unless you can obtain a MikBox from a forum member or from ebay, I don't believe they are available any longer.

The only other upgrade path is the Autosense or Dual Sense PSE/V60s cradle/V60s phone and the dual band linear compensator (a plug-in setup); or the same setup plus a V60 Bluetooth cradle, and minus the linear compensator (a Bluetooth setup).

If you choose the V60s route, that phone is still available through AWS.

I wish MIK were still making and selling his MikBox - it cost him a huge amount of time and effort to develop, manufacture, and market it. The device was a boon to owners of the pre-MHI cars. However, the rush to Bluetooth may have made that a casualty.
 

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Hello all,

Skylaw... you rock!

I'm researching installing iPod, Sirius and Bluetooth in a 2005 G500.

I went to the Dension web site to check out the GW500 but came away a confused. In the OEM chart they have two listings for the G500, 1999-2004 (D2B) and 2005 (MOST). When I selected the 2005 model the table says "not yet available" In the post 4. above you state that the '05 G-class is D2B system (I've got my finger crossed!). Can anyone confirm whether the 2005 G500 is a "D2B" or "MOST" system?

The G500 seems to be somewhat of an odd duck perhaps because it's made in Austria or just low production numbers. I'm having one hell of a time finding specific information on "how to's" and "I used this... " for electronics, especially when going to vendor sites.

So... if anyone can lend a hand for iPod, Sirius and Bluetooth for Sony Ericsson W580i I'd be very grateful!
 

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Geee500,

The phone bulletin for the '05 G-Class (http://phdwebsite.powerpulse.cc/Phone Install Bulletins/2005 G.pdf) indicates that it uses the D2B fiber optic bus. It also indicates that its OE cellular equipment is the Autosense PSE with a V60 cradle. This would let you use the V60s plug-in phone, or a V60 puck for Bluetooth (together with a compatible Bluetooth phone). Your local dealer should be able to confirm the bus type. All I have to rely on is the phone bulletin.

Alternatively, you could investigate the Bluetooth adapter that Dension now sells with the Gateway 500. Based on what I read, the GW 500 Bluetooth adapter does not integrate quite as fully as the MB OE equipment, but it is a lot less expensive.

As for satellite radio, you could possibly run the output of a 3rd party tuner into the USB or (most likely) the RCA jacks that the Gateway 500 offers. You'd have to do your tuning on the satellite radio dial in all likelihood; I have never seen such a system set up. You could select the receiver using the menu controls much as you would select an iPod or a phone through the system.

I do not know for sure whether your head unit or steering wheel controls could be used for tuning the satellite receiver; it is possible you would be limited to tuning on the 3rd party unit itself.

Good luck to you.
 

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Thanks Skylaw,

I'll have to call MB tomorrow on the fiber optic bus (FOB) they all went home on me!

I checked with my local dealer on the Sirius parts for the G today $1034.38 plus tax just for parts. OUCH!

I was also considering replacing the HU with the Kenwood DNX7100 w/iPod, Bluetooth, Sirius, rear camera but didn't want to lose the silly steering wheel buttons! That package would have run $4673 installed. So I looked into installing it my self but couldn't find an install kit. The display for the controls for the Kenwood just looked low resolution (cheezy) so I'm back to patching up the MB Command system. I hate the CD navigation system! I am spoiled by my Garmin stand alone.
 
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