funnone - 3/2/2005 7:17 PM
installing timeport phone kit in my 02 coupe if i add a mikbox can i then use a verizon v710 phone.
The short answer is yes, and this is especially easy if your car is prewired for a phone. See the technical writeup at http://www.benzworld.org/publications/pub.asp?id=317 I upgraded my 2000 S500 StarTac installation (D2b fiber optic bus) to a TimePort/Verizon V710 installation. I use a standard Verizon V710, not a Mercedes-branded phone. The writeup has links to other sources that should help with your specific car. With your TimePort PSE you can get caller ID, which is not available with the StarTac PSE. If you don't already have the TimePort cradle, save your money - the V710 uses a different cradle, which you can purchase from MIK (it comes with the antenna connector adapter you'll need). MIK also sells the cable that connects the RJ48 connector in your console to the phone cradle; he has these custom made.
If your car did not have a phone installed originally, and you are adding it now, you must have your D2B bus version coded for the phone. The version coding should be for the TimePort, so that your fiber optic bus recognizes it. There is no unique coding necessary because of the MikBox. Version coding is done by the dealer using a Star Diagnostics computer.
The discussion at http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1199021 may be helpful to understanding version coding, if that becomes an issue, although the photo illustrations may not apply to your specific car.