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Apple iPhone 5 Unable to Pair with Mercedes Benz Bluetooth After IOS Version 6.0.2 Upgrade

Mercedes-iPhone5 IOS 6.0.2 Upgrade

12/31/2012 – Breaking News – It’s come to my attention that there is an issue with the new iPhone 5 when trying to pair to Mercedes-Benz Blue tooth equipped vehicles (which means any new Mercedes Benz).

Quite simply, if you perform the automatic ‘upgrade’ from IOS 6.0.1 to the newer IOS 6.0.2, the iPhone 5 that you had previously paired for use in your Mercedes-Benz vehicle will no longer be paired… and worse, CANNOT be paired to your Mercedes-Benz vehicle for easy Bluetooth hands free usage. Bluetooth phone capabilities, GONE, Bluetooth streaming music capabilities… SORRY, that won’t work either.

Once the IOS 6.0.2 upgrade is made to your iPhone 5, the phone cannot be paired to your Mercedes Benz vehicle.

I’ve got to believe that a fix will be made for the situation… whether it will come from Mercedes-Benz or from Apple, I don’t know. I would guess it will be an Apple upgrade or ‘fix’, as the way I understand it the same problem is cropping up in other vehicles from other manufacturers.

So, if you have an iPhone 5 and you want to talk hands free or stream music in your Mercedes-Benz, at least for now… you’ll have to hold off on the 6.0.2 upgrade or downgrade back to IOS 6.0.1 if you’ve already made the change. There is a third option… make the upgrade an go back to holding your phone up to your ear.

I’m sorry for the bad news… You’ve gotta love the accelerated speed of technology and how one compatible device jumps ahead of another.

I will try to provide an update to the situation once I learn more from either Mercedes-Benz or from Apple.

Mercedes-Benz Bluetooth Portable Hands-Free Device Now Available for Cars Without Factory Phone System

No phone system installed in your Mercedes-Benz vehicle? Up to this point you’ve had few Bluetooth options. The installation of a full factory system costs thousands of dollars, not really cost effective. If you don’t want to wear the thing in your ear, you can get this Mercedes-Benz Hands Free Kit, pair your phone and it will run phone features through the stereo system of your Mercedes-Benz vehicle.  This system might be the perfect answer if you have a slightly older Mercedes-Benz vehicle, made before Bluetooth was real common (2001 – 2007 or so).

Here are some of the key features and benefits:

  • One button allows pairing, call answer / end, and power on / off.
  • Omni directional microphone and speaker design allows mounting in areas other than the visor without sacrificing sound quality.
  • The Mercedes-Benz Portable Hands-Free Kit streams audio from phones for navigation voice prompts and music playback.
  • Voice dial is supported through the phone. With the press of  a button, just say the contact name and the call will be made!
  • Safe and Easy:  The Mercedes-Benz Portable Hands-Free Kit supports 9 languages.
  • Up to 400 hours standby time, 14 hours talk time, and auto shutoff after 1/2 hour if no phone is connected.
  • Certainf features need to be supported by the mobile device.

It’s available and in stock at Feldmann Imports Mercedes-Benz parts department for just $105.00 (Mercedes-Benz Part# BQ68209811.