UPDATED August 3rd 2010: This post has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of years, with a lot of people asking why their phone or PDA doesn’t work. Here are some more info from Mercedes and the bluetooth module.
Please visit the Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth Connectivity site to learn more on how to connect you mobile device and if it’s supported.
By popular request, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH is extending its range of communication accessories to include a further Bluetooth telephony solution: the new Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth® (HFP) telephone module allows you to use your BlackBerry® in a Mercedes-Benz passenger car without physically connecting it to the vehicle. The modular solution is specially designed for in-car telecommunication and is also suitable for a select range of mobile phones which support the Bluetooth® Hands Free Profile (HFP). The new telephone module with HFP software complements the factory-fitted solutions currently offered and is available for virtually every Mercedes model series.
Sending and receiving e-mails, making phone calls, checking pictures and presentations – mobile executives can carry their office with them in the BlackBerry® handheld computer. Now, for the first time, the new Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth® (HFP) telephone module allows BlackBerry® 8700g, 8700v and 8707v models to be connected wirelessly to a Mercedes-Benz passenger car.
The new accessory from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH makes using the phone while in the car even safer and more convenient. The biggest advantage is that the handheld or mobile phone can be left in your jacket pocket or handbag. The wireless Bluetooth connection between the device and the vehicle is established automatically. The module features a single button, which is used to activate the pairing process, where the mobile phone or BlackBerry® is connected to the module for the first time. Once pairing has taken place, connection is always automatic. Integration on board also allows safe, intuitive control of the telephone functions via the multifunction steering wheel, the audio system and the central instrument cluster display.
The Bluetooth® (HFP) telephone module, which is also suitable for Motorola PEBL U6, Nokia 6131, Nokia 6111, Nokia N70, Sony Ericsson K610i, Sony Ericsson W550i and BenQ-Siemens EF81 mobile phones, acts as an extension of the pre-installation for mobile phone with universal interface, a feature which is already present in many of the latest Mercedes-Benz models (optional extra Code 386). The module is simply inserted into this pre-installation in the centre armrest. The Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth® (HFP) telephone module, in independent-design closed-box format, will be available from Mercedes-Benz sales partners from March 2007, and is priced at EUR 250.00, including VAT (price applies to German market).
High-end telephony: the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth® (SAP) telephone module offers even more possibilities
The familiar Bluetooth® telephone module with SAP (SIM Access Profile) technology can now also be used with the Nokia business-optimised E60, E61 and E70 mobile phones. Business executives who share use of the same car will appreciate the fact that up to four telephones can now be paired with the module. Once a device has been paired, the module instantly recognises it as soon as it is within range and automatically establishes a connection. The SIM card PIN (Personal Identification Number) can now be stored too, making the system even more convenient to use.
Alternative for mobile phones without Bluetooth®: genuine mobile-phone holders from Mercedes-Benz
If your mobile phone does not feature Bluetooth®, the best way to establish contact between the mobile phone and the on-board hands-free system is using one of the range of special mobile-phone holders. The various mobile-phone holders from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH are tailored to the Mercedes-Benz vehicle models in both technical and visual terms. They allow the mobile phone to be operated using the multifunction steering wheel, and the telephone status is indicated in the multifunction display. While inserted in one of these mobile-phone holders on board, the mobile’s battery is also charged. Before you can use one of these holders, your vehicle must be fitted with the optional extra pre-installation for mobile phone with interface (Code 386) or with the optional extra Mercedes-Benz mobile phone (Code 388).
The Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH range is very extensive and is constantly updated. It currently includes genuine Mercedes-Benz mobile-phone holders for the following mobiles
Nokia 3120, 6020, 6021, 6100, 6210, 6220, 6230, 6230i, 6310, 6310i, 6610, 6610i, 6820, 6822, 7250i
Siemens S65, SP65, SK65, CX65, CXT65, CX65V, CX70, CXT70, CX70V, CX75, M75, ME75, S75, SL75
SonyEricsson T610, T630, K600i, K750i, W800, W800i, W810i
Samsung SGH-D600 and SGH-E720
Motorola RAZR V3, V3i and SLVR L7.