What used to be a must-have in many top-of-the-range luxury cars and luxury cars, long before smartphones and cell phones appeared, was fixed car phones, At that time, the C network was used for this application. The monstrous devices cost several thousand German marks, and the minute prices and monthly charges were sometimes horrendous. Certainly, most drivers today will use a smartphone with Bluetooth or at least an old cell phone, which may be hidden in the glove box or center console. Nevertheless, the question arises whether the stationary installation of a permanently installed car phone is still worthwhile today.
Is the installation of a car phone worthwhile?
Probably this question can not be answered on a flat-rate basis. The vast majority of motorists will certainly not need a permanently installed car phone, as the smartphones and cell phones with a good hands-free set-up or a Bluetooth headset are safe and practical to use and fully integrated into the car. Therefore, the installation of a fixed phone is probably something for lovers and offers no significant added value in terms of the quality of communication and so on. With every retrofit or upgrade in tuning, you should always keep in mind what the added value of this single measure is. Certainly, the added value of retrofitting a permanently installed car phone is more likely to be seen in the vintage or retro style. Who, for example, drives a luxury-class vehicle from the 90iger years (Mercedes-S-Class, 7er BMW or even like a Jaguar), can certainly upgrade his vehicle with such a retrofit in vintage style. Here it already makes something if a car phone is to be seen. Sometimes there were even vehicles that had several installed (front & back)
Cool, but without added value in communication
It may look cool to sit in the 89er BMW of the 7er series, to have the telephone receiver on your ear and cruise with it. From the point of view of the vintage aspect a pretty casual matter. However, the added value from a communicative point of view is rather low. But there are still providers of these phones and you will also find reasonably good and usable devices with SIM card and sometimes even Bluetooth on the second hand market. Even the prices for a used car phone should be acceptable. However, probably none of these devices offers something that could not offer a smartphone or mobile phone with handsfree / Bluetooth connectivity - and certainly at a lower and more attractive price, considering the current flatrate mobile phone tariffs. It therefore probably remains one more Retro-tuning measurewhich can of course make a difference without offering any real added value in terms of communication. Anyone who decides on such "tuning" or such a retro-style installation should of course do it stylishly and in proper style - otherwise such a measure could also seem a bit out of place or even silly.
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