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Old 08-17-2001, 03:34 PM
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GSM Phone Kit

I'm getting ready to order a c230. I like (need) the features of the integrated Motorola phone, but I use the GSM network - I use one phone for the US and Europe. MB say no way, but why can't I use the equivalent Motorola phone, but with GSM vs. TDMA that they offer.

I would assume that at worst I could purchase the MB kit in Europe and have it installed here. Aren't the underlying electronics the same??

Greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

CJ
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Old 08-18-2001, 08:43 PM
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gsm phone

Hi there, the only 2 phone options for your MB are of the TDMA, and CDMA versions from Motorolla. They are the only 2 phone options that can be installed in your C-class that will allow you to utilize the full feature of the hands free option and use of the mutlifunction steering wheel for making calls,ending calls and voice control. Mercedes Benz uses fiber optics for their radio,cd player and telephone support electronics, unfortunately not every manufacture out there has products compatable or able to merry up with the fiber optic loop.

As far as for why there is only 2 options for phones it may be due to price, infrastructure to support gsm technology in the conus, or possibly Motorolla is unable to put toghter a package that is cost effective.


This does not mean you cannot put a gsm phone in your car,you can buy an adapter where you can proabally plug it in your cigerette lighter and the other end into the phone where you have a speaker phone,hands free option;however,you will not have the full functationality of a timeport phone with the electronic support for your specific vehicle.I have seen all different types of phones installed in cars from different companies,you will not be able to utilize the features that consumers that purchase a MB phone for their cars are able to retrive.Hope this helps.









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Old 08-18-2001, 11:37 PM
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Re: gsm phone

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Hi there, the only 2 phone options for your MB are of the TDMA, and CDMA versions from Motorolla. Mike(MK153)
The frustrating this is that Motorola makes a GSM version of the exact phone that MB offers here in the states. I'm trying to see if a friend in Europe can confirm what they use there. But I'm pretty certain it will be Nokia.....

thanks for your info.

CJ
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Old 08-19-2001, 11:43 AM
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GSM

Hi,

Yes,the GSM phones are by Nokia;however,I also saw Motorolla mentioned.Also for 2002,0r 2003 there is a new phone comming out for MB,by Motorolla,guess we will have to wait and see.



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Old 08-19-2001, 02:34 PM
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Re: GSM

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Yes,the GSM phones are by Nokia;however,I also saw Motorolla mentioned.Also for 2002,0r 2003 there is a new phone comming out for MB,by Motorolla,guess we will have to wait and see.



Mike(mk153)
Well in the 2002 C-Class brochure they show the motorola V 6.0c that is the phone that is also available as GSM. Its brand new. thats probably the one your thinking of.
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Old 08-20-2001, 06:56 AM
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I believe the V60C is the regular CDMA/TDMA phone while the V66 is the GSM tri-band?
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