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Why is yesterdays technology the only option for the 2000 Cell Phone. Any aftermarket solutions? Why is MB not offering a phone compatible with any companies best rate plans.<br>
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Why is there no upgrade path? Why is the 2001 phone not backwards compatible?
 

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This has been an on-going discussion on another forum on this site...more

There are currently no aftermarket solutions to this problem although Europe offers an adapter kit for Nokia phones. I guess it would be possible, if you could get one to work on our cars. ML owners just buy the hands-free kit from motorola and install it seperately. The 2001 phone is not compatible since 2001 models have teleaid.<br>
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The new 2001 Timeport phone, however will work with best rate plans.<br>
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Here is some MB News regarding this :<br>
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New Timeport(TM) Digital Phone System Available on All Mercedes-Benz Model<br>
Year 2001 Vehicles<br>
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of an ongoing effort to improve driver performance and convenience, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) have teamed up to offer drivers a special, integrated version of Motorola's Timeport digital phone, the industry's first fully integrated dual band, multi-network phone system. The Timeport phone is the latest in wireless in-vehicle communications technologies. With a sleek silver finish, the Timeport phone is now available on all model-year 2001 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.<br>
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The Motorola Timeport phone is compatible with the nation's most competitive no roaming, no long distance calling plans. Adding to its functionality, the Timeport Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) phone is equipped with an Internet mini-browser feature and is Motorola's first wireless phone with an electro-luminescent Organic EL(TM) multi-color graphic display.<br>
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"The Timeport phone system is a result of significant time and financial investment in design, engineering and testing by Mercedes-Benz and Motorola to provide a state-of-the-art communications system," said Ken Enders, vice president of sales and marketing of MBUSA. "As a result, the Timeport phone offers one of the highest levels of performance and convenience in the industry today."<br>
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In order to maximize driver attention on the road, the Motorola Timeport phone is deeply integrated into the Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The integration features and benefits include:<br>
-- Voice Recognition: On most Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the voice recognition feature is available and allows drivers to use simple verbal commands, such as "dial name" then "call Bob" to dial numbers or to simply speak the number i.e. 1-800-555-1212.<br>
-- Hands-free capability: Integration of the phone into the vehicle allows for hands-free sending/receiving of calls through the steering wheel controls or through the audio system and the integrated microphone allows for clear and easy conversation.<br>
-- Audio Unit Automatic Control: With in-coming or out-going calls, the audio system automatically mutes the AM/FM radio or pauses the cassette or CD player.<br>
-- Memory synchronicity -- Allows phone book to automatically download from the phone into the vehicle's audio system display.<br>
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Additionally, the Timeport handset itself, when used outside the vehicle,<br>
offers users many conveniences:<br>
-- VibraCall(R) alert -- Discreetly notifies users of incoming calls.<br>
-- Caller ID2 -- When available from the service provider, shows the name and/or phone number of caller.<br>
-- Portable handset -- Lifts out to go anywhere with its owner.<br>
-- Electronic phonebook -- Stores at least 99 contact names and phone numbers.<br>
-- Smart Button feature -- Allows one-hand dialing and easy access to menus and functions at the touch of a button.<br>
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The Timeport phone is another example of Motorola's DigitalDNA(TM) technology, which allows its products to be smart, efficient and reliable.<br>
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"Motorola joins Mercedes-Benz in an ongoing commitment to bring U.S. drivers the best in world-class technology, quality and owner satisfaction," said Marios Zenios, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Telematics Communications Group. "By making Timeport and other Telematics products available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Motorola will continue to drive the future of in-vehicle communications technologies."<br>
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The Timeport phone is available now for CDMA or TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) service on all model year 2001 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.<br>
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About Mercedes-Benz USA<br>
Mercedes-Benz USA, a DaimlerChrysler company, is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and employs approximately 1,500 people in 20 locations across the U.S. Through a nationwide network of over 300 retailers, Mercedes-Benz sold 189,437 vehicles in the U.S. during 1999, an 11 percent increase over the previous year, setting the highest sales volume ever in its<br>
history. Currently over eight percent ahead of last year, the company expects to set a new sales record in 2000.<br>
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Motorola IESS<br>
The Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) is part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). IESS designs and manufactures a broad range of electronic components, modules and integrated electronic systems and products for automotive, industrial, transportation, navigation, computer, telecommunications and energy system markets. IESS consists of four closely<br>
related business units that work together to form a seamless partnership. These units include the Automotive & Industrial Electronics Group (AIEG), Telematics Communications Group (TCG), Motorola Computer Group (MCG) and the Energy Systems Group (ESG). IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains -- the DigitalDNA(TM) technology -- that make electronic systems smart, powerful and easy to use.<br>
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Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion.<br>
http://www.motorola.com<br>
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Motorola TCG<br>
The Telematics Communications Group (TCG) is a business unit of Motorola's Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). TCG was formed in 1998 and focuses on emerging automotive communications markets for advanced wireless applications.<br>
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TCG consolidates capabilities for communications, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology, automotive electronics and controls, and embedded computing as an end-to-end solutions provider to its customers. TCG is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill.<br>
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Note: Information about Mercedes-Benz, including high-resolution digital photo files, can be downloaded from the MBUSA news-media website at: http://media.mbusa.com . Please call 1-888-MBNEWS-1 (toll-free) if you don't have a password.<br>
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Disclaimers:<br>
1. Driving Disclaimer: The use of wireless devices and their accessories ("devices") may be prohibited or restricted in certain areas. Always obey the laws and regulation on the use of these devices.<br>
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2. NETWORK FEATURES disclaimer: Network and subscription dependent feature. Not available in all areas.<br>
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CONTACT: Fred Heiler of Mercedes-Benz, USA, 800-MBNEWS-1, email, [email protected]; or Jennie Wilson of Motorola, 847-480-6845, email, [email protected]; or Amy Smolensky of Hill & Knowlton, 312-475-5985, email, [email protected]<br>
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