My 06 RRS has been in "phone mode" since I bought it a few weeks ago. I tried doing the battery reset (wire between the terminals) and tried using my iCarSoft diagnostic tool to clear all the radio related codes - but I'm still stuck in phone mode. I was thinking about getting a junkyard OEM unit - but the prices seem a bit high for an old unit imho.
My other car has a Apple CarPlay unit and it spoils me. Hell, every time I rent a car these days - it has that.
I received a quote from my local Best Buy (~$850 for a Pioneer Apple CarPlay double din head unit with all the parts needed for install) who claims to have done this to other newer Land Rovers - but I'm still skeptical since this car has a mile of cables running inside of it. I'm totally fine losing the top nav screen too as the touch capacitor crapped out too. I don't have the rear entertainment package either if that makes a difference.
I searched and saw folks had some success in the past, but I just want to see if anyone recently has done this.