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Bluetooth and the 3-Series

carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
edited July 12 in BMW
Recently, when making a call, I am unable to hang up. Either the car shows a call in progress and although I haven't continued, the radio either will work or not. I am unable to hang up with the car's Bluetooth system or from my phone itself. I've had to turn off my cell pone to hang up.

Anyone else with the same or similar problem?
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  • I've got the same problem. It happens infrequently (maybe 1 out of every 30 calls). I use TMobile. My system works 95% of the time, so I am ok with it.
  • stevenycstevenyc Posts: 8
    Not sure if this is the correct forum for my question but it is Bluetooth related...

    I just leased an X3 (not yet received) and I need to get a new phone to take advantage of the Bluetooth. Anyone know if the TMobile SDA works in X3's or any BMW's for that matter. I am currently on TMobile and would like to stay with them. Or how about the Razr?
  • handelhandel Posts: 17
    I have a 2006 330xi and the Bluetooth connection with a Verizon Razr has worked just fine. About 5% of the time I cannot get a connection, but when it works, the interface with the car radio, the transmission over the speaker system, and the ability to control volume and connection from the steering wheel are impressive and elegant.
  • ank2ank2 Posts: 1
    I am looking into a 2006 325i and want the Bluetooth connection feature. I was wondering whether you can get Bluetooth without BMW Assist, in particular does it come on a car with iDrive/no Assist?
  • planbplanb Posts: 16
    Has anyone attempted to use the hands free phone via bluetooth connection with a Blackberry 8700c?

    I have an '06 330i and have had terrific experience with the Motorola Razr (except on rare occasions when phone calls won't hang up), but may move my phone to my bberry. The 8700c is listed by BMW as a compatible phone on the web-site, but I was curious for any experience.

    In particular, how does the voice command work for dialing numbers work when there are several numbers plugged into each name on the blackberry for office, home, mobile, etc.? With the Razr, each entry is saved separate (i.e., "Joe Work" and "Joe Cell") so it is not a problem, i.e., you simply say "Joe Work or "Joe Cell." It would be a less attractive function to have bluetooth with the bberry if I couldn't call up names by voice command.

    Thanks.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    Got my '06 back from the dealer after BMW Assist link needed fixing. Now my phone is no longer paired. It was done originally by the dealer when I took delivery of the car. I can't find anything on how to pair in any of the six of so manuals I have.

    Help.....how do I pair the phone?

    Thanks!
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    Once the dealer downloaded software to update the system or to fix a problem, all previous settings were erased. This happened to me when I brought the car in to update the transmission software which led to the Bluetooth phone not working afterward. You can either bring the car back for the dealer to pair again or follow the instruction in the booklet on phone in the manual packet. It is not that hard as it gives you step by step instructions.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    "...follow the instruction in the book on phone...."

    Well, that's the problem, with all the manuals I received with the car, there was no phone manual. In the main manual it is ridiculous that there were no instructions on how to pair the phone. The BMW website is helpful except where it mentions that the 3-series and X3's require a pass code and to check the manual. This is not the case except for older models than the E90. I found that out AFTER going back to the dealer this morning.

    Conclusion: the (main) car manual and website should help make this process as easy as it ultimately is.
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    I think it is becoming quite ridiculous as far as manuals go for the new BMWs. I just went back to check and indeed there is a manual on phones with an old-fashioned telephone booth picture on the cover. As I counted, there are four thick manual/information booklets and four thinner ones. The one on phone set-up is the thin one. If you don't have it, you may want to ask the dealer to get you one. I have found I have to refer back to instructions for so many things. The holder for all these manuals is so big that one has to leave it in the trunk for storage!
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    Do any '06 3-series owners with Bluetooth subscribe to Verizon? If so, does your car's phonebook download on your BMW?

    I'm thinking of switching providers and wonder if the BMW's Bluetooth is compatible with Verizon in retaining all of its features.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    It's a feature of the phone, not the car. Anyone with Verizon service can't transfer the phonebook via Bluetooth, as Verizon has disabled that feature. If you can use a cable, it will work.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,124
    ummmmm....my Verizon Motorola Q transeferred my phone book on the phone with no issues whatsoever via bluetooth. No need for any cable.

    Sound quality is great, too.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    It's a feature of the phone, not the car. Anyone with Verizon service can't transfer the phonebook via Bluetooth, as Verizon has disabled that feature. If you can use a cable.....

    Do you have Verizon and therefore this problem?
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,124
    It shouldn't be a problem with either Verizon, or the car. The phone book should download when it pairs with the 3 series via blue tooth.

    I know for a fact it works with both the Motorola Razr and the Q, because I've done it. I don't know if other brands of blue tooth phones have issues, though.
  • barry626barry626 Posts: 78
    Not True.
    I have Motorola V710 & phone book transfers flawless!
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    What's all this then? Verizon wireless Users Sue Over Disabled Bluetooth

    I'm glad it's working for some, but it doesn't work for all. I guess it depends on how the car implements the phonebook transfer; mine does it as a file transfer, which Verizon Wireless has disabled.

    So, I guess my initial statement of "It's a function of the phone, not the car" was incorrect. :blush:
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    What's all this then? Verizon wireless Users Sue Over Disabled Bluetooth

    I'm glad it's working for some, but it doesn't work for all. I guess it depends on how the car implements the phone book transfer; mine does it as a file transfer, which Verizon Wireless has disabled.


    This is why I inquired how a Verizon phone is functioning with the BMW's Bluetooth in downloading the phonebook.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,124
    Looks like that story was written over a year and a half ago. It also sounds like it's focused on the v710. Since "barry's" v710 downloads the names an phone numbers, it sounds like the issues were resolved with that phone, too.

    I think Verizon must have done a "turn about". All the capabilities of my Razr and Q are fully functional via bluetooth and work with my 330i....that includes phone book downloads when I paired them.

    Not sure of this, but I would imagine all bluetooth phones download via file transfer to get the phone book and names. No hard wire connection is needed. I change/add/delete names and phone numbers and it's updated whenever I start my car with the phone in my pocket.

    In short, bluetooth capable Motorola phones on the Verizon network are fully functional with the 3 Series.
  • where can i find ''' pass code to pair my bluetooth phone?
    it says go to the owner manual...
    appreciate your help
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    where can i find ''' pass code to pair my bluetooth phone?


    I assume you have an '06 3 series? If so, I had the need recently to re-pair my phone after a service visit. Do you have iDrive? If so, put in the password of your choice on your phone and scroll to the select password selection on the car, push select and it'll find your phone when the phone is on seek handsfree device mode.
  • Thanks for reply, carnaught. I have z4 (no nav) and when i start the car and enable discovery on my cell phone the car finds the phone. After that I need to enter the pass code (should be in my owner manual but I don't see it anywhere!) and here I have hard stop! Any suggestions?
    Thanks
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,124
    The pass code was set by you, correct? If so, just enter the one you designated originally....or designate a new one.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    I have z4 (no nav) and when i start the car and enable discovery on my cell phone the car finds the phone. After that I need to enter the pass code (should be in my owner manual but I don't see it anywhere!) and here I have hard stop! Any suggestions?
    Thanks


    You have a Z4 and not a 3-Series? Hmmm, then I don't know. Did you try going to the BMW website?
  • I currently have Cingular service and my Motorola v551 seems to be great as far as bluetooth compatibility, but I am upgrading my phone and Cingular only has the Razr from Motorola. I checked the list from BMW and they seem to recommend mostly Motorola products, Razr included. The problem is that Cingular does not recommend Motorola, but rather rates Nokia highest. I want to get a Nokia 6102i, but BMW advises against it. Does anyone have any experience with Nokia products and the 325? I also don't like the way the Razr looks. Thanks guys.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,579
    currently have Cingular service and my Motorola v551 seems to be great as far as Bluetooth compatibility, but I am upgrading my phone and Cingular only has the Razr from Motorola. I checked the list from BMW and they seem to recommend mostly Motorola products, Razr included. The problem is that Cingular does not recommend Motorola, but rather rates Nokia highest. I want to get a Nokia 6102i, but BMW advises against it. Does anyone have any experience with Nokia products and the 325? I also don't like the way the Razr looks. Thanks guys.

    I similarly have the same combination, namely the 3-series, Cingular and the v551. My problem is not with the phone itself, but with my local Cingular service. With my complaints to Cingular, they have recommended the Razr. Does their Nokia have Bluetooth? The Motorola works so well with my BMW, I hate to change brands, but I may change cell phone providers.
  • The Nokia does have bluetooth, but there aren't any Nokias on the BMW recommended bluetooth list. My Cingular service is great, so I won't change providers. I just need to find a bluetooth phone not on the BMW list that other members have had success with. BMW won't back up any complaints with bluetooth service on the 325 unless you buy a phone off of their list of phones which have proven to work in sinc with the BMW bluetooth service. The rep I spoke with suggested the message boards as a way of communicating with other BMW owners who may have had success sincing a phone not on their list.
  • Oh yes, I have had the same exact problem. I actually turned off the engine, got out of my car, and could see that the connection was still showing on my radio display. After I walked away, it went off.

    It's happened maybe twice since I had my car. I have Cingular and I wasn't sure if it was my phone or the car, so I didn't bother to ask.

    I've also had a problem with it connecting at all on occasion. Turned my phone on and off but still no connection.

    My guess is it's just a quirk, could be the cell provider, phone, or car. I love the feature anyway! :)
  • The Bluetooth feature comes with the Premium package, along with the premium leather seats and HomeLink system. You don't have to have iDrive or BMW Assist.
  • anybody know if you need a regular headphone jack or a RCA to connect to the AUX port in the 3 series? I am trying to connect my shuffle. thanks!!
  • anybody know if you need a regular headphone jack or a RCA to connect to the AUX port in the 3 series? I am trying to connect my shuffle. thanks!!
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