Hi Tiger and all
Here is an update.
My (6310i) phone is kaputt. Not sure where, exactly, but I don't think it
is the battery's power-holding ability. It is dead. When the phone was
dying it would suddenly go dead and pressing hard on the on/off switch would
get it back on, sometimes at the same place where it left off screen-wise
(i.e. no log-on required).
My phone supplier won't take it back for repair.
I didn't fancy buying a handset privately off e-bay. Who knows the state of
the battery in such an old model?
In Europe Mercedes does not lock specific phones. I don't think there are
even Merc-branded phones. If a phone model fits, any handset acquired from
anywhere will fit. I think this is different what obtains (or used to
obtain) in the US.
In short, the two most sensible options turned out to be
1) The ViseeO system.
Yes, it looks like the MBU-1000 is the right gadget.
2) Refurbished 6310i handset from a dealer.
The advantage of this is the one-year warranty that comes with buying from a
The dealer I have in mind charges GBP 200 or zero if I extend my air-time
contract by 12 months.
If I extended my contract directly with the mobile service provider without
taking a new phone I would get a GBP 100 rebate, giving me a net handset
cost of 100 pounds if I just bought a phone off the dealer.
However, I might as well extend the contract via the dealer and get the
phone for free. The dealer has assured me that billing would continue via
the same phone company.
So this is what I am doing. This only delays crunch-time but is worth a
shot since the phone will work for at least a year (dealer guarantee).
Maybe I'll get the MBU-1000 in a year's time if am finally convinced to get
a new phone...?...
Thanks for your comments/suggestions.
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