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I have integrated bluetooth envy. However, as there is no realistic way to have calls show up on the nav screen, I am looking at other options. Has anyone been able to get a bluetooth car kit to mute the CTS-V stereo? I don't mind having an external speaker and mic (I'd prefer to use the built in onstar mic and the stereo speakers, but I'm not an EE, so I think I'm outta luck there).

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Do you mean you have a aftermarket cell kit installed?

I am working on this issue with some vendors. I hope to have a kit that uses the onstar mic, mutes the sound system, and uses the factory speakers... ALl over Bluetooth...

I should have an answer in the next couple weeks..

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I don't have anything installed at this point. I'm interested in a reasonably priced way to have a handsfree kit in the car.

Your thing sounds promising, but I'd be concerned about the cost.

Any predictions?


ctsvett said:
Do you mean you have a aftermarket cell kit installed?

I am working on this issue with some vendors. I hope to have a kit that uses the onstar mic, mutes the sound system, and uses the factory speakers... ALl over Bluetooth...

I should have an answer in the next couple weeks..

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Times a whole bunch of us, Onstar was "cute" when it first came out, but it's more of an irration now.
What does Bluetooth do that Onstar doesn't when it comes to hands-free operation in the car?

Believe me, I think it is absolutely outrageous that Cadillac offers Bluetooth in the STS-V, but not the CTS-V, but I don't understand what Onstar doesn't do that Bluetooth does do.
 

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With Bluetooth your cell phone is doing the calling so that's what minutes are getting used. When someone calls your cell phone you can answer it in the car handsfree.

I don't buy OnStar minutes or give out my OnStart phone number. It makes a lot more sense to use my cell phone for everything. Now if you are a Verizon customer you can tie OnStar to your Verizon account and use it's minutes, it just costs a little more per month.
 

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With Bluetooth your cell phone is doing the calling so that's what minutes are getting used. When someone calls your cell phone you can answer it in the car handsfree.
I don't buy OnStar minutes or give out my OnStart phone number. It makes a lot more sense to use my cell phone for everything. Now if you are a Verizon customer you can tie OnStar to your Verizon account and use it's minutes, it just costs a little more per month.
Which leads to the other big Onstar irritation, THAT only works IF you have DIGITAL Onstar, which alot of Onstar equipped vehicle owners are finding out they got jipped on with Analog only, or "upgradeable" systems.
 

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What does Bluetooth do that Onstar doesn't when it comes to hands-free operation in the car?

Believe me, I think it is absolutely outrageous that Cadillac offers Bluetooth in the STS-V, but not the CTS-V, but I don't understand what Onstar doesn't do that Bluetooth does do.
mostly the irration of having to answer your cell phone, it's the only number I have anymore. So the Onstar is only good for outgoing calls only did'nt know you could tie itto Verizon though, how do you do that?
 

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mostly the irration of having to answer your cell phone, it's the only number I have anymore. So the Onstar is only good for outgoing calls only did'nt know you could tie itto Verizon though, how do you do that?
Press the OnStar button and ask them. I believe they said for $5/month OnStar would share your Verizon minutes.
 

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DO NOT under any circumstances believe the Best buy installer... HE IS DEAD FREAKIN WRONG!!! He is probably thinking it can because the motorola car kit has the ABILITY to tie into A car stereo and CAN mute the radio. The problem is that our radio does not have a mute wire and routing it into the radio is way tougher than he expects... The Class II bus is the barrier here...

I dont see a mute lead anywhere on this connector matrix... http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/connector/

Dont believe me, have them do it. If he can actually do it:

1st-I want to know how (the kit is not availalbe YET!)...
2nd I will send every best buy installer at that store an apology letter...

Keep me updated...

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Purchased a Parrot CK-3100 kit for my '05.

Parrot confirmed that they are fully compatible with the wiring and it will mute the radio on an incoming call.

Haven't installed yet, but does anyone have more information on the Parrot hands-free unit?
 

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Based on what i can see on their website, they dont have a solution for the V.... They only list european cars (that are non ISO) and it appears that they do have a solution for Opel, but I see nothing for GM...

They do have similar connectors, but our radio is much different from every other radio out there.... If you get it to work, let me know.

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wkisse said:
Purchased a Parrot CK-3100 kit for my '05.

Parrot confirmed that they are fully compatible with the wiring and it will mute the radio on an incoming call.

Haven't installed yet, but does anyone have more information on the Parrot hands-free unit?
This hooks up for installing a switchbox between the radio and the speakers and does not need a mute wire input on the headunit. It uses ISO harnesses that plugs into the factory radio. Luckily, the CTS uses ISO harnesses that are usually only found in European cars. The problem is that this kit is designed for non-amplified audio systems and thus sends out a speaker level audio output. If you hook this up in a CTS/CTS-V, you will notice strange audio fading and cracking during a phonecall. You also risk damaging the kit and/or the amplifier.

I was thinking about purchasing one of these and installing a speaker to line level converter between the kit and the radio but I just haven't gotten around to it.
 

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If you are a Verizon customer, you can add an additional lines to your account, making it a "family" account, for $9.99. Then you set it up so that both lines share minutes from the same plan (I left Cingular for this reason). Then, if you really want to get cute, just forward your cell phone to the car when you drive.

Personally, it's no big deal for me to just answer my cell phone and call them right back in my car, but you can forward it if you want to.

And I think Reed is right---there is currently NOT a Bluetooth solution for V owners yet. Yet some genius at GM decided to make Bluetooth for the STS-V, but not the CTS-V... :banghead:
 

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Luna,
I am working on one with a vendor.. I should have an answer toward the first of the year (we shall see)....

Anyway, i was looking at the motorol bluetooth kit and I saw in some documentation that some of their kits have "optional CAN integration".... CAN on our cars is GMLAN. This is intersting, because motorola thought enough of this to build in "car computer" speak.. however, we have class II communication (single wire) which we need to inerface with... Anyway, I just thought I would throw that out there...

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Reed, are your guys any closer to getting this to market? I just installed a bluetooth handsfree system on a friend's Saab 9'3 Sport Sedan. Its soooo slick. Not as cool as the system in the new STS, but still sweet....
 

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ctsvett said:
Do you mean you have a aftermarket cell kit installed?

I am working on this issue with some vendors. I hope to have a kit that uses the onstar mic, mutes the sound system, and uses the factory speakers... ALl over Bluetooth...

I should have an answer in the next couple weeks..

Reed
I'm interested, as I have the now defunct Cellport system (that I love), but it uses only older phones (sucks).
 

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For those who definitely want the Bluetooth setup, this may not be of interest, but if what you want is a quality hands-free option, go to www.theboom.com and check out "The Boom." It is the smallest of four products.

It is a noise cancelling boom mike that has terrific ear fit. The microphone gives the best voice quality I have ever heard. You can't tell that it is a cell phone being used. Muting the radio is not necessary because the noise cancelling feature eliminates it as an issue. I had a firefighter friend call me from his department Suburban while he was responding to an emergency call. He had two sirens blaring and the department radio full blast. I could barely hear them in the background while he spoke at normal voice level. His voice was crystal clear.

Yes, it has a hard wire (which can also be used with many home phones), but they will soon put a Bluetooth version on the market. I have Bluetooth in my Jeep, but I prefer the boom because I don't have to yell to avoid the "man in a cave" effect.

Just an option to consider.

CR
 
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