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Car Kit Buyers Guide – THB Bury System 8

Monday 5th January 2009 by Andy Simpson in Buyers Guides, Mobile Accessories.

One of the biggest investments you can make for your mobile phone is a fully fitted car kit. They allow you to use your phone safely and legally in the car, and in some cases keep it charged so you’re never with out power, but with each new phone that comes out, the connections change and eventually render your car kit unusable. So what do you do? Pay to get the kit replaced? Keep your old phone and hope your mates down the pub don’t notice? The THB System 8 Car Kit solves all these problems by allowing you to quickly and easily update it.

THB System 8 Car Kit

THB System 8 Car Kit

The Kit:
The THB System 8 Car kit is made up of the same basic parts as every other car kit, but with one noticeable exception – the cradle that holds your phone is interchangeable. When you buy the THB System 8 Car Kit, you need to buy two parts – the System 8 Base Unit and the System 8 cradle thats right for your phone. Fitting the kit involves hardwiring the control unit into your vehicle, but when its time to change your phone, simply unclip the phone cradle and attach one for your new phone. Its that simple!

THB Cradle

THB Cradle

How does it work?:
Depending on the phone you are using, your phone connects to the System 8 car kit using either a Bluetooth connection or your phones handsfree port. To use the car kit, you simply slide your phone into the cradle and all calls will switch over to the car kit. To make a call, just use your phone as you would normally. While your phone is in the cradle, the System 8 cradle will charge your phone (some older or folding handsets will need you to plug a lead into the phone in order for it to work). Phones that use a Bluetooth connection to the car kit only need to be in the cradle to charge but in order to answer calls you will need to press the answer button on your phone, so its best to keep it in the cradle when ever you’re in the car. The audio for calls is then routed through a loudspeaker that is normally mounted in the passenger footwell. It is possible to connect the System 8 car kit to your car stereo for improved audio quality.

THB Cradle Installation

THB Cradle Installation

Easy to change:
Unlike wired car kits by most other manufacturers, the cradles on the System 8 are interchangeable. The kit was designed to make it easier for people to replace their cradles when the change their phone. There is no need to remove fascia panels in your car, or try and trace wires back to control boxes. The cradles simply click into place and are removed in seconds.

THB System 8 Universal Bluetooth Cradle

THB System 8 Universal Bluetooth Cradle

Compatibility:
The System 8 Car Kit is designed to be compatible with as many phones as possible, and there are currently over 50 phone cradles available for Nokia, Sony Ericsson, BlackBerry and HTC phones. For all other makes there is the Take & Talk Bluetooth Cradle which will work with most Bluetooth enabled phones on the market. For a list of all compatible phones, take a look at the compatibility chart. THB carkits are only designed for voice calls and can’t be used for playing back music from your mobile phone.

Installation:
If you’re planning on fitting the kit yourself, you can purchase additional cables to make installation easier. You can use an Elan Intelli-mute to power the kit and route the audio through your car stereo. You will need two cables to do this, the Intelli-Mute and the Accessory Harness. For more details on how the Elan Intelli-mutes work and can make installation easier read our blog post on “Making the most of your fitted car kit“. If you don’t feel confident in fitting the kit yourself, why not let us fit it for you?

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