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UK 9-3 owners,
You are fortunate to have a GSM phone in your cars....well, it looks like it is an available accessory for ES2/ES3 infortainment systems.
Would it be possible for you guys to find out at the dealer what does it take upgrade ES2/3 system and what components are needed and how much money would it cost. I am sure if we hammer it out and bunch of people will sign up - we can make a cooperative dealer happy :) with a number of orders...

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Even with the phone pre-installation wiring from the factory (standard in UK - not in some other markets) the installation of the phone was running at around £950 installed (from AS2/7) and included the Sim card reader in the boot (where the onstar box fits, I believe). I think the parts alone were £650 and then required a Tech II update.

If you really want to order that then I could get some part numbers for you, I would think that after shipping, tax, import duties and currency exchanges you would be looking at between $1500 and $2000, for what is an average system.

Why not get the Nokia 610 or the Parrot systems, that are much much cheaper, don't require Tech II install and have all the same functionality (except for steering wheel answering of calls).

I was keen to get the Saab phone, now I am glad that I didn't.
 

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Why not get the Nokia 610 or the Parrot systems, that are much much cheaper, don't require Tech II install and have all the same functionality (except for steering wheel answering of calls).

I was keen to get the Saab phone, now I am glad that I didn't.
Dead on... I ended up installing the Parrot CK3100 and I am really glad I did the cost $199 vs $1899 makes the choice a no brainer... I figure at some point SAAB will finally catch up the rest of the world and offer a Blue Tooth enabled EHU at which time I will re-evaluate an upgrade...
 

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Aero_adam said:
Even with the phone pre-installation wiring from the factory (standard in UK - not in some other markets) the installation of the phone was running at around £950 installed (from AS2/7) and included the Sim card reader in the boot (where the onstar box fits, I believe). I think the parts alone were £650 and then required a Tech II update.

If you really want to order that then I could get some part numbers for you, I would think that after shipping, tax, import duties and currency exchanges you would be looking at between $1500 and $2000, for what is an average system.

Why not get the Nokia 610 or the Parrot systems, that are much much cheaper, don't require Tech II install and have all the same functionality (except for steering wheel answering of calls).

I was keen to get the Saab phone, now I am glad that I didn't.
Well, for me it would not be an issue to phisically get that equipment into USA (via privately traveling person) = but still the cost is about $1500.
Question - with SAAB GSM phone, can you use the keypad on the radio console? - because this is not possible with Parrot kit.
Also, with parrot kit-(just to confirm) - you just use the three pins in the back of HU to wire it in, right?
 

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Saab GSM phone does use the keypad on the screen - the parrot and Nokia do not. Remember though that the Nokia and the Parrott (along with others) support voice dialling and phonebook SIM access, so the screen mounted in the car can be searched using voice commands and has all the numbers on your phone without preprogramming.

I would get the Saab phone only as one of the business specific packs they offer (when it virtually comes for free), I couldn't see the value in installing it aftermarket.

It's your call, but I didn't think that the hardship of having to use the phone keypad was worth the >$1000 premium.

Yes, they use the three contacts on the EHU only, together with power from elsewhere.
 
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