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Pioneer has released a FREE firmware upgrade for the F-series navs. This is different from the 3.0 update because it doesnt "turn your F into an X" and it does not have new map software. My concern is that it does not mention anything about bluetooth. In my opinion the bluetooth operation is the weakest part of the F-series. I am going to give it a try so we'll see how it goes.

 

You can download it here:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/ ... ash+Models

 

June 26, 2009

 

Dear Valued Pioneer Customer:

We would like to inform you of the availability of a NEW free firmware update (version 2.006;

released in June 2009) for the AVIC-F Series in-dash navigation systems (AVICF90BT,

AVIC-F900BT, AVIC-F700BT and AVIC-F7010BT). This firmware update is not for

the AVIC-F500BT, which will be updated by a separate firmware update. In addition, this

firmware update applies only to models sold in the United States.

 

This firmware update (version 2.006) contains important performance improvements

relating to Automatic Time Correction, updated XM channel icon graphics, and

enhanced reliability during firmware update process.

 

This notice explains how to obtain the free firmware update and how to determine if the

firmware update has already been installed on an AVIC-F90BT, AVIC-F900BT, AVICF700BT

or AVIC-F7010BT.

 

Even if you are not currently experiencing any issues with your AVIC F-Series in-dash system,

we still recommend that you install the free firmware update. Installation of the update should

take approximately ten minutes to complete.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE FREE FIRMWARE UPDATE:

 

Pioneer is offering the following four options for consumers to obtain the free firmware update:

1. Download the free update to a computer from here: AVIC-F90BT, AVIC-F900BT, AVICF700BT,

AVIC-F7010BT, and transfer the update to an SD card for insertion into the AVIC-F

Series system; OR

2. Order on-line a SD card containing the free update by going

to http://parts.pioneerelectronics.com/avicfirmware; OR

3. Order by phone a SD card containing the free update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll

free at 800-421-1404 and then transferring to the Parts Order Department (select Option 1);

OR

4. Arrange for an in-dash AVIC-F Series system to be shipped to Pioneer for installation of the

free update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll free at 800-421-1404 and then

transferring to the Warranty & Service Department (select Option 2).

 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE FIRMWARE UPDATE HAS

ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED:

 

To determine if the new firmware update has already been installed on an AVICF90BT,

AVIC-F900BT, AVIC-F700BT, or AVIC-F7010BT, please power on the system and

do the following:

1. Press the "Menu" button; then touch the "Settings" tab;

2. Touch the "System Settings" tab; then touch the "Service Information" tab;

3. The "Map version" number and the "Version" number are both displayed -- please look at the

"Version" number, which is displayed on the lower line; and

4. If the "Version" number is "2.000000" or an earlier/smaller number, please install the new

firmware update. If the "Version" number is "2.006000" or a later/larger number, the system

has already been updated with the new firmware.

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Pioneer has released a FREE firmware upgrade for the F-series navs. This is different from the 3.0 update because it doesnt "turn your F into an X" and it does not have new map software. My concern is that it does not mention anything about bluetooth. In my opinion the bluetooth operation is the weakest part of the F-series. I am going to give it a try so we'll see how it goes.

 

You can download it here:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/ ... ash+Models

 

June 26, 2009

 

Dear Valued Pioneer Customer:

We would like to inform you of the availability of a NEW free firmware update (version 2.006;

released in June 2009) for the AVIC-F Series in-dash navigation systems (AVICF90BT,

AVIC-F900BT, AVIC-F700BT and AVIC-F7010BT). This firmware update is not for

the AVIC-F500BT, which will be updated by a separate firmware update. In addition, this

firmware update applies only to models sold in the United States.

 

This firmware update (version 2.006) contains important performance improvements

relating to Automatic Time Correction, updated XM channel icon graphics, and

enhanced reliability during firmware update process.

 

This notice explains how to obtain the free firmware update and how to determine if the

firmware update has already been installed on an AVIC-F90BT, AVIC-F900BT, AVICF700BT

or AVIC-F7010BT.

 

Even if you are not currently experiencing any issues with your AVIC F-Series in-dash system,

we still recommend that you install the free firmware update. Installation of the update should

take approximately ten minutes to complete.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE FREE FIRMWARE UPDATE:

 

Pioneer is offering the following four options for consumers to obtain the free firmware update:

1. Download the free update to a computer from here: AVIC-F90BT, AVIC-F900BT, AVICF700BT,

AVIC-F7010BT, and transfer the update to an SD card for insertion into the AVIC-F

Series system; OR

2. Order on-line a SD card containing the free update by going

to http://parts.pioneerelectronics.com/avicfirmware; OR

3. Order by phone a SD card containing the free update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll

free at 800-421-1404 and then transferring to the Parts Order Department (select Option 1);

OR

4. Arrange for an in-dash AVIC-F Series system to be shipped to Pioneer for installation of the

free update by calling Pioneer Customer Service toll free at 800-421-1404 and then

transferring to the Warranty & Service Department (select Option 2).

 

HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE FIRMWARE UPDATE HAS

ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED:

 

To determine if the new firmware update has already been installed on an AVICF90BT,

AVIC-F900BT, AVIC-F700BT, or AVIC-F7010BT, please power on the system and

do the following:

1. Press the "Menu" button; then touch the "Settings" tab;

2. Touch the "System Settings" tab; then touch the "Service Information" tab;

3. The "Map version" number and the "Version" number are both displayed -- please look at the

"Version" number, which is displayed on the lower line; and

4. If the "Version" number is "2.000000" or an earlier/smaller number, please install the new

firmware update. If the "Version" number is "2.006000" or a later/larger number, the system

has already been updated with the new firmware.

 

There's a few threads going about 2.006 already further down from this thread:

 

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=25309

http://www.avic411.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=25363

http://www.avic411.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=25315

http://www.avic411.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=25398

http://www.avic411.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=25339

 

Wouldn't you think others here have received the same email. Yours is dated June 26th. FYI today is July 8th.

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It didn't go live yesterday, the email was sent out yesterday. About a week behind it seems. I was wondering if they were going to bother putting one out at all.

 

But yeah its been out for a while now.

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I updated the firmware last night. Other than new XM icons, which are pretty, it finally let me transfer my phone book contacts from the phone to the unit. I have tried both bluetooth drivers before, neither worked.

 

I have LG Muziq...

 

Now, if I could tether 3G broadband through bluetooth.......

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