To all Northeast and Southern Region SPOM's : Please forward to your dealer Parts and Service Managers. To all dealer Parts and Service Managers: This message is being sent to help clarify dealer and customer expectations when connecting iPod and iPhone products to Mercedes-Benz systems. Introductory Note: Most MB products currently provide a 12 volt charge when connected to various media. This will not allow iPhone 3G and all newer iPod models to charge as they only accept a 5 volt charge. All older iPods and the iPhone Gen 1 accept 12 volt charging as well as 5 volt charging. This is why older iPods and the iPhone Gen 1 will charge in most MB systems. MB has three different products offering the functionality to connect iPods and iPhones via wired connection for audio playback. 1. Universal Media Interface (Navigation/Entertainment retrofit for MY08/09/10 W204 and MY10 X204, dealer or VPC installed option code 079) - 5 volt charge The Universal Media Interface is capable of charging the iPhone 3G and all newer iPod / iPhone models 2. iPod Integration Kit (dealer installed accessory or VPC installed option code 057) - 12 volt charge with 5 volt capability or adaption availability Most (older and current) iPod integration Kit's do not support iPhone 3G and all newer iPod model charging. Current iPod integration kits B6 782 4502 and B6 782 4503 (NTG2.5 iPod Kit for MY09 and newer ML/R/GL/E/CLS/SLK/) do support iPhone 3G and all newer iPod model charging. New iPod Kits for MY10 W212 and A/C207 (part numbers tbd) will support iPhone 3G and all newer iPod model charging. All older and current iPod Kits can be upgraded by replacing the wiring harness between the iPod Interface and the glove compartment with part number B6 782 4531. 3. Media Interface (factory option code 518) - 12 volt charge with future 5 volt adaption availability The current Media Interface comes standard with an iPod/Aux cable in the glove compartment and is not capable of charging the iPhone 3G and all newer iPod models. An alternative cable that will allow iPhone 3G and all newer iPod model charging is being developed. We expect to be able to offer a customer pay / dealer installed alternative iPod/Aux cable for the Media Interface this summer. For reference, current cable part numbers are A0018276904 or A2048270504 for E/CLS/SLK/SL/C/GLK/G and B6 782 4527 for ML/GL/R/S(MY10)/CL(MY10). We will not be able to switch to the alternative cable for the factory option until stock is depleted. Before the end of the current calendar year we do expect that vehicles built with option code 518 will have the alternative cable and be capable of charging the iPhone 3G and all newer iPod models. Updates will be communicated as available.