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Just took delivery of my 2017 Passion coupe. It has bluetooth which was setup for my wife and my Iphones. They work fine for incoming calls. However, for outgoing calls it seems to require pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. This is impractical, at the least, and even dangerous, unless you ride with a co-pilot who operates the controls. Am I missing something, or is it not possible to voice dial with the new Smart system? I've read the manual and, unless I've missed something, it can't be done.
 

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Unfortunately, any voice command functionality is only available on the Smart Media Center head unit... that has so far been practically unavailable in the US. Only thing i can think of is using voice command functionality built into your phone to make calls a bit more easily (depending how well your phone understands you).

One thing i've found is that if you have a LONG list of stuff to scroll through, be it songs or contacts... if you press the button for i believe it's Preset 6, you'll see there's an "ABC" under it. That allows you to scroll to find the letter that whatever you're looking for starts with. Cuts down on a fair bit of the scrolling.
 

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Just took delivery of my 2017 Passion coupe. It has bluetooth which was setup for my wife and my Iphones. They work fine for incoming calls. However, for outgoing calls it seems to require pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. This is impractical, at the least, and even dangerous, unless you ride with a co-pilot who operates the controls. Am I missing something, or is it not possible to voice dial with the new Smart system? I've read the manual and, unless I've missed something, it can't be done.
No voice dial unless you're using SIRI or its Android equivalent, i.e, "Samsung Voice."

You can easily use your phone to look up the information instead of using the stereo's headunit. Try using your phone directly, or via smart's Cross Connect App.
 

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I have an Android Wear smart watch and while I can't use voice commands directly on my phone when it is connected to the car via bluetooth, I can talk to my watch which then places the call on my phone. It isn't a very practical solution for most but if you already have a smartwatch it does work.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I guess the implementation of bluetooth on the Smart is limited. I can live with it.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I guess the implementation of bluetooth on the Smart is limited. I can live with it.
Are you using the phone cradle? If you place your phone in the cradle, you can use your phone touchscreen to place calls/hangup or swipe your way through your phone's contacts. To me, it's not any different than using the screen controller in a brand new vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, etc,. The only difference between the smart car and some of the luxury ones (some, not all, usually voice control is optional) is the lack of voice control.

Using the radio to access your phonebook is possible, but is a chore considering the onscreen text is limited to a couple lines.

You can use SIRI or Samsung Voice or equivalent to use voice commands to control your device. If your phone is placed in the phone cradle you can turn on your voice control app while you're driving so you touch the talk button on your phone to give voice commands. Be sure that you have a short charging cable handy so you can make sure that your phone's screen never goes to sleep while you're driving because it will stay charged up that way. There is a usb input on the phone cradle so your phone can stay powered up.
 

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Are you using the phone cradle? If you place your phone in the cradle, you can use your phone touchscreen to place calls/hangup or swipe your way through your phone's contacts. To me, it's not any different than using the screen controller in a brand new vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, etc,. The only difference between the smart car and some of the luxury ones (some, not all, usually voice control is optional) is the lack of voice control.

Using the radio to access your phonebook is possible, but is a chore considering the onscreen text is limited to a couple lines.

You can use SIRI or Samsung Voice or equivalent to use voice commands to control your device. If your phone is placed in the phone cradle you can turn on your voice control app while you're driving so you touch the talk button on your phone to give voice commands. Be sure that you have a short charging cable handy so you can make sure that your phone's screen never goes to sleep while you're driving because it will stay charged up that way. There is a usb input on the phone cradle so your phone can stay powered up.
No, I don't have the phone cradle. My wife and I have Iphone 6S and 6S Plus. My salesperson said the phones would not fit in the cradle.
 

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No, I don't have the phone cradle. My wife and I have Iphone 6S and 6S Plus. My salesperson said the phones would not fit in the cradle.
Technically it will NOT fit, but technically it WILL fit. The salesperson just didn't want you to have a phone cradle that you might complain about. Basically, the phone will not tuck into the cradle at two corners where it is designed to hold the phone, and instead one of the corners will stick out. The phone is still held tightly enough and will not fall out. But some people might go crazy saying it "doesn't fit" when it does if you play the angles.

I recommend you purchase the cradle and use it. Use voice activation technology on your phone and you'll be streaming music, using navigation, etc, in no time all through your phone.
 

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I'm having trouble with my iPhone "pairing" with the smart so that I can answer calls using the in-car audio system. The smart readout says type "0000" and I get to about the 2nd zero and the Cross Connect app crashes. If the Cross Connect works via bluetooth, why do I need to pair the phone separately? I can call out okay (using the car's mic) but the answer function on the steering wheel doesn't work.
 

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I'm having trouble with my iPhone "pairing" with the smart so that I can answer calls using the in-car audio system. The smart readout says type "0000" and I get to about the 2nd zero and the Cross Connect app crashes. If the Cross Connect works via bluetooth, why do I need to pair the phone separately? I can call out okay (using the car's mic) but the answer function on the steering wheel doesn't work.
The voice button on the steering wheel is not active for smart vehicles in the USA, just as it does nothing in many other Mercedes-Benz vehicles on vehicles not equipped with Multimedia Packages and/or Navigation.

Try quitting every app on your iPhone including Cross Connect, then try pairing your Bluetooth. You do not need Cross Connect open to pair Bluetooth.
 

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Thanks for the info about the "answer" button on the steering wheel. So, if the iPhone is paired, if I press "answer" on the phone when a call comes in, it should go through the car's audio system?

Also another question: when the Cross Connect app starts, it gives me a choice about whether to use the iPhone or the Smart Audio System. Which should I choose?
 

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Thanks for the info about the "answer" button on the steering wheel. So, if the iPhone is paired, if I press "answer" on the phone when a call comes in, it should go through the car's audio system?

Also another question: when the Cross Connect app starts, it gives me a choice about whether to use the iPhone or the Smart Audio System. Which should I choose?
You can answer the incoming call by pressing the "TEL" button on the radio headunit, by answering the call directly from your phone touchscreen as it overrides any app you are currently using on your smartphone, or by answering the call within the Cross Connect app.

I'm not sure I fully comprehend the second part of your question although I'm close. Please provide a little more detail.
 

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Thanks again (it's curious that the button on the steering wheel won't work but the "tel" button will). Now if I could only turn off that chime when going slightly over the speed limit. Guess I'm stuck with that. Any chance the Cross Connect app will be updated with more features? I assume it's the same app as being used in Europe.
 

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Thanks again (it's curious that the button on the steering wheel won't work but the "tel" button will). Now if I could only turn off that chime when going slightly over the speed limit. Guess I'm stuck with that. Any chance the Cross Connect app will be updated with more features? I assume it's the same app as being used in Europe.
Cross Connect probably will as time moves along. It actually lost a feature since release, the Aupeo! music streaming disappeared from it. :crying:

Aupeo was my favorite feature in the Cross Connect App... it will be missed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aupeo
 
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