‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!! © Monty Python
I was about to have the Parrot CK3100 Bluetooth handsfree kit removed from my car, as it was bloody annoying me. Probably not as much as the Norwegian Blue did to Mr Praline. However the arrival of the SonyEricsson V600i has had a rather beneficial side effect. That is, that the Parrot kit, when connected to a half decent phone works fantastically. One of the biggest problems with the kit was that it would mute the radio for several seconds, if you so much as looked at the phone.
If someone sent me a text message the phone would do it’s thing to let me know that a message had arrived, but the car kit, would mute the radio (or TV, Ipod whatever you were listening too) for 5 or 6 seconds. If you plugged the phone into a charger it would do the same. If you opened the phone likewise. It was really starting to p*ss me off. If you wanted to send a text message, every single keypress was amplified through the car stereo. Now with the new phone, I can send text messages without the damned bleeps and clunky clicking noises as the mute activates and deacticates.
Whilst the current firmware that I have on the Parrot isn’t the latest, it is now working as the kit should. So if you are having a problem with the CK3100, it may well be the phone’s fault and not the kit. I can now send messages, even dial a number and the mute function desn’t work until there is something to hear, so the Parrot Bluetooth hands free has had a stay of execution, at least untill something better comes along. Whoopeee, Tog is happy again.
The Parrot CK3100 bluetooth hands free kit was installed recently in my Grand Cherokee, and first impressions are very favourable.
Even though the kit doesn’t offer the opportunity to charge a phone, provide an external antennae for weak signal areas or have a cradle in which to secure the phone, it works very well. The user interface is about as simple as you can get. Two buttons, whose functions are clear to anyone who has ever owned a mobile phone and a circular dial in the middle. Whose function is easy to work out.
The installation of the Parrot is very simple and can be done by any competent auto electrician. I had mine installed by Logicar (who do all of my auto electrics, including alarms, immobilisers and car stereos you can contact Richard on 07831 453696). After discussing the installation options, I opted for the display to be dash mounted, with the microphone installed on the display. Other options include having it on the rear view mirror, or mounted flush on the dashboard, with the microphone installed elsewhere. There is no need to have the Parrot Speaker installed as most head units support mute functions and the passing of voice through the front speakers.
The Liquid Crystal Display lists the name of the phone that it is paired with (The CK3100 can be paired with up to 5 different phones, although only one at anytime) it also displays the signal strength, a bluetooth status symbol and the network provider.