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I have read about a telematics option that would include an integrated telephone that works with the sound and navigation systems. In looking through the options, although I did see an option for a "hands-free" kit, I didn't see anything about the telematics option. <P>Is the option delayed? If it is delayed, is the Premium sound system "ready" for it, and will it be able to be installed later by the dealer, or will it be a factory-only option?<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GBC:<BR><B>I have read about a telematics option that would include an integrated telephone that works with the sound and navigation systems. In looking through the options, although I did see an option for a "hands-free" kit, I didn't see anything about the telematics option. <P>Is the option delayed? If it is delayed, is the Premium sound system "ready" for it, and will it be able to be installed later by the dealer, or will it be a factory-only option?<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Telematics can be ordered NOW on all Volvo models except the S/V40s and Xc90s. The XC90s will get it in a couple of months as Volvo is trying to keep the MSRPs of the initial XC90s down. I have ordered a few cars (not too many, I suspect that this option is not going to be cheap) with it. I was told that Telematics will be standard on S80 T6s, but I doubt it.<P><BR>Yannis<P>
 

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Thanks for the quick response. Do you have any detailed info or a link to a site with detailed info on the telematics option?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GBC:<BR><B>Thanks for the quick response. Do you have any detailed info or a link to a site with detailed info on the telematics option?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not yet, but I will look into it and let you know by posting here.<P>Yannis<P>
 

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As you stated that "the XC90s will get it in a couple of months," if I get the Premium sound system now, can the telematic option be added by the dealer, or is it factory only?
 

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I am not exactly sure what Volvo will offer, but for the XC90, the telematics system is already built into the audio system head-unit, unlike any of the other Volvo models. There are also two more buttons on the steering wheel for making and ending calls. There is also an extra hand-set in the armrest for private conversations. <P>It might just require software activation from VADIS, not sure though...<P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/xc90/pop/w220_058.jpg"> <P>Could be something like this as well, where the driver head restraint is changed to one that has a speaker and microphone built in.<P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/xc90/pop/w220_059.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GBC:<BR><B>As you stated that "the XC90s will get it in a couple of months," if I get the Premium sound system now, can the telematic option be added by the dealer, or is it factory only?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not sure; I am sure it will eventually be a dealer installed option (like the Nav system) but that might take time and it will cost twice as much.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B><P>Could be something like this as well, where the driver head restraint is changed to one that has a speaker and microphone built in.<P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/xc90/pop/w220_059.jpg"> <P>-Drew</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>On any model but the XC90 (and S/V40s) the telelmatics will look like this picture and the way you described it, Drew... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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I have just received some news from my dealer, who apparently got the info direct from Volvo. Although some telephone functions have been built into the radio head unit, they are for European GSM phones only. The shot with the steering wheel showing the phone send/end buttons is only for the European market.<P>The final bad news is that the "hands-free" kit (dealer installed) is for Cingular service only. Bummer!
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GBC:<BR><B> The shot with the steering wheel showing the phone send/end buttons is only for the European market.<P>The final bad news is that the "hands-free" kit (dealer installed) is for Cingular service only. Bummer!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Actually not true. The '03 S60 T5 that I drove did have the same features as shown in the picture and yes, the telephone service was through Cingular but that will expand. <P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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I do have to say, this is quite frustrating, as my dealer was relaying his converstion (in person) from the Volvo rep this morning... <P>I haven't seen the XC90 brochure yet, but understand you have it - are the telephone send/end in any of those pictures? (sorry to keep pressing this point...) ;> )
 

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The telematics system has been implimented into the XC90 system. It is an optional accessory and is a great feature. The system is crystal clear and uses fiber optic cabeling through the vehicles sound system.<P>
 

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Where are you getting your information? Everything I have heard from my dealer (and his Volvo rep) is to the contrary. If it is an option, why isn't it on the Volvo site? If it is built-in to the sytem but is an option, what exactly is the option - the phone? Will it be available in November when the vehicles arrive? Is it a dealer installed item? How much will it cost?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GBC:<BR><B>Where are you getting your information? Everything I have heard from my dealer (and his Volvo rep) is to the contrary. If it is an option, why isn't it on the Volvo site? If it is built-in to the sytem but is an option, what exactly is the option - the phone? Will it be available in November when the vehicles arrive? Is it a dealer installed item? How much will it cost?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Later production XC90s will have this option available. Initial shipments of XC90s (in other words every XC90 shipped here this claendar year) will not have certain options offered such as: Navigation, Bi-Xenon lights, Rear Seat Entertainment system, Telematics, etc. Volvo wants to ship cheap XC90s, during the first few months.<P>Hey, give me some credit, will 'ya? I am not the <B><I>average</I></B> Volvo dealer and I do not use (usually) Volvo "reps" as the source of my information. Quite a few of them as as clueless anyway...The reps and the dealers who are really Volvo-conscious, know and find ways to learn about this stuff. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Yannis<P>
 

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So, just to see if I've got this straight, would the following statement be correct?<br>Although Telematic functions are built into the XC90 sound system head unit, only the Hands Free Phone option, not the Integrated Phone Option, will be available initially in the US. It is unkown at this time whether a client that receives a early production model will be able to have the dealer install the Integrated Phone Option once it is available - it may be a "Factory Only" option.<p>Let me know it what I've made up sounds correct! <p>So, with that out of the way, I should also mention that I do have one on order (T6, 7 passenger) with all options including Nav and Xenon. I saw it last weekend at Bloomingdales here in SoCal. Looked better in person, proportions are dead on - I can't wait for mine to come in November!
 

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"<B> <I>So, with that out of the way, I should also mention that I do have one on order (T6, 7 passenger) with all options including Nav and Xenon</I> </B> <br> <B> <I>I can't wait for mine to come in November!</I> </B>"<p><br>November??? Your car will have neither Navigation System nor Bi-Xenon headlights...Initial units will be Bi-Xenonless and Navigationless.<p>Sorry! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis<BR><BR>
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Seems like production has been pushed back, but I'm pretty sure they aren't going to delete options that I have placed on my order. If it comes in January it's fine with me.<p> <B></B> So, how about a response to my statement: <B></B> <p>"Although Telematic functions are built into the XC90 sound system head unit, only the Hands Free Phone option, not the Integrated Phone Option, will be available initially in the US. It is unkown at this time whether a client that receives a early production model will be able to have the dealer install the Integrated Phone Option once it is available - it may be a "Factory Only" option." <p>Anyone have a clue?<p><br>[Modified by GBC, 4:52 PM 9-20-2002]<p><br>[Modified by GBC, 4:55 PM 9-20-2002]<BR><BR>
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Most likely, you will see your XC90 in late January or sometime in February.<p>As far as Telematics, I am not 100% sure about the XC90 menu so I wouod refrain from making any claims but I would say your comments are toward the correct direction.<p>For the rest of the 60/70 models, the Telematics will include the integrated telephone option.<p><br>Yannis
 
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