Mercedes has released details of their newest accessory, a telephone module featuring Bluetooth (SAP-Profile). Perfect for anyone who has a tendency of forgetting their cell phone in the typical cradle, the new module with Bluetooth (SAP-Profile) allows users to operate their Bluetooth (SAP-Profile) compatible phones via their vehicle’s multifunction steering wheel, audio system, and central display in the instrument cluster, all without ever taking their phone out of the pocket (or briefcase, purse, etc.).
The system works by first pairing with a compatible cell phone, a process done with the simple touch of a button. The system then automatically recognizes the phone when it comes within the range of the vehicle, and at the same time accesses its SIM card and the phone’s internal memory. This allows the driver to access stored numbers, via the integrated methods of control, without ever touching the cell phone. Even more impressive, the system offers superlative reception and audio quality, due to the fact the BLUETEC (SAP-Profile) connects to the phone’s GSM network via the exterior antenna of the vehicle, as opposed to the phone’s antenna.
If you’re interested, the Mercedes-Benz Telephone Module with Bluetooth (SAP-Profile) is currently available in two variants from Mercedes-Benz sales partners: a closed-box system in autonomous design for 373 euros (German price, including VAT), or as a handset with handrest and passive cable-connected receiver for 406 euros (German price, including VAT). Both models are fitted with a Bluetooth® (SAP- Profile) and a SIM card reader, and their shape and size have been adapted to fit the Mercedes-Benz mobile telephone pre-installation with universal interface (optional equipment code 386, 388). Currently, the phones that feature Bluetooth (SAP-Profile) technology include the Nokia 6230, 6230 and 8800, as well as the Siemens S65, SK65, S75 and SL75.