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I received this from MB.

Attn: All Mercedes Benz model year 2013-2017 owners.
On December 1st, 2022, Mercedes Benz will be shutting down their 3G network (3G sundown).

What that means for you: if your vehicle is affected by the 3G sundown, your Mercedes mobile app will no longer connect to your vehicle and features like remote start, remote lock and unlock, vehicle tracking, low battery alerts, and more will not work after 12/1/2022.

Mercedes has already announced and informed service centers that there is not a retrofit option to retain these features.
What you can do about it:
Fortunately, there is a reliable solution available from an OEM integration provider that has spent over a decade providing remote starter and mobile app control solutions for Mercedes vehicles.

The SmartKey Starter® by Mid City Engineering has remote start from your OEM key fob out of the box. Add the Compustar Drone® to remote start, remote lock and unlock, track vehicle, check vehicle status, receive alarm notifications, battery alerts, and more- all from your phone. Additional add-ons and options like security sensor (shock/tilt/glass break/tow), extended range RF remotes, proximity lock/unlock, anti-carjacking, and more are also available.

Installing the SmartKey Starter® + Compustar Drone® in your vehicle will give you the features you’ve been using from your factory Mercedes app, plus a whole lot more.


For more information, vehicle compatibility, purchasing options, and a full list of vehicles affected by the 3G sundown, please visit: https://www.midcityengineering.com/mb3gsundown/
For professional installation, use the dealer locater tool on our website to find an installer near you.
 

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Nah wtf is this BS?? They’re ending support for cars that aren’t even 10 years old? No retrofit options either? Glad I have the Hermes module, unfortunately I have never gotten MMC (Mercedes Me Connect) to work 100% from day one. It’s really disappointing, but it’s free for 3 years so I’m not too miffed.
Is Mercedes-Benz recommending the MidCity Retrofit/have they made this an authorized accessory or is this just a PSA/recommendation from you @gbarringer?Because AFAIK, the MidCity Eng. device is very expensive and requires a fair bit of work and interior disassembly to install. Not to mention it’s a nearly permanent installation so you can’t move it to another car, you have to buy another device.
 

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Nah wtf is this BS?? They’re ending support for cars that aren’t even 10 years old? No retrofit options either? Glad I have the Hermes module, unfortunately I have never gotten MMC (Mercedes Me Connect) to work 100% from day one. It’s really disappointing, but it’s free for 3 years so I’m not too miffed.
Is Mercedes-Benz recommending the MidCity Retrofit/have they made this an authorized accessory or is this just a PSA/recommendation from you @gbarringer?Because AFAIK, the MidCity Eng. device is very expensive and requires a fair bit of work and interior disassembly to install. Not to mention it’s a nearly permanent installation so you can’t move it to another car, you have to buy another device.
The carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and others are dropping 3G service in their system. It is something other car makers and even people with very old flip phones will also be in the cold and dark.

I have no connection with MidCity just sharing info I had received in an email. What is done to continue service will require hardware and or firmware updating depending on the equipment in the vehicle. Those who have an old flip phone will be in a surprise when they finally get a smart phone.
 
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The carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and others are dropping 3G service in their system. It is something other car makers and even people with very old flip phones will also be in the cold and dark.

I have no connection with MidCity just sharing info I had received in an email. What is done to continue service will require hardware and or firmware updating depending on the equipment in the vehicle. Those who have an old flip phone will be in a surprise when they finally get a smart phone.
Right, I was only checking if MB was encouraging customers to get the MCE kit installed instead of mbrace because they never support aftermarket parts, but all those cars are out of warranty anyways so they don’t care. Thanks for the heads up!
 

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Quick heads up; apparently, compustar and idatalink make some plug and play remote start systems for some Mercedes-Benz models. They are waaay cheaper than the MCE system and can be DIY installed. You can integrate MyStart/MyCar Controls/Drone mobile apps with these systems for app controls. Please check if it is compatible with your car, it‘s compatible with the CLA according to Compustar.
 

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What exactly does this mean though? Specifically the key fob, I don't have remote start, but it mentions lock/unlock, how can that possibly be affected? There is only a little skeleton key hidden in the key fob and that only opens drivers door. This doesn't make sense that the vicinity lock/unlock would be affected by this.
 

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What exactly does this mean though? Specifically the key fob, I don't have remote start, but it mentions lock/unlock, how can that possibly be affected? There is only a little skeleton key hidden in the key fob and that only opens drivers door. This doesn't make sense that the vicinity lock/unlock would be affected by this.
No, your key functions won’t be affected because they use RF or some other signal. Lock/unlock through the app will not work anymore because that uses the 3G cellular connection
 

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No, your key functions won’t be affected because they use RF or some other signal. Lock/unlock through the app will not work anymore because that uses the 3G cellular connection
Ok, thanks for confirming, I re-read that a couple times and started thinking the same thing....that the key fob lock/unlock must be on a short RFI or some kind of transmitter linked to receiver in the car.

Hmmm, now I'm thinking....though it's not mentioned, what about bluetooth access and connecting your phone to the car to play music and what not? Perhaps that's controlled by the phone's bluetooth signal and the car is merely picking up this signal?
 

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Ok, thanks for confirming, I re-read that a couple times and started thinking the same thing....that the key fob lock/unlock must be on a short RFI or some kind of transmitter linked to receiver in the car.

Hmmm, now I'm thinking....though it's not mentioned, what about bluetooth access and connecting your phone to the car to play music and what not? Perhaps that's controlled by the phone's bluetooth signal and the car is merely picking up this signal?
Your Bluetooth will still work. What is affected is the cellular signal that works with a phone's app and the SOS button in the event you are in an accident. The cellular phone providers are now using up to 5G and are dropping using anything 3G or less as there is little demand for the lower networks. Key flops and Bluetooth do not use cellular signals and will continue to work.
 
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