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Bluetooth and the 3-Series

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  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Anyone try to pair one of the new Verizon phones?

    I'm looking at the Pearl and wondering if anyone got it working?

    My girlfriend was in a 335 and told me she got her Q' working and my friend got his RAZR working. I'm planning on buying a new phone and don't like the Voyager as it's so big as I like small phones.

    I also have a Cingular phone (Samsung Blackjack) unlocked running T-mobile. I wonder if it will work. Last time I was at the dealer the damn phone wouldn't turn on its bluetooth! I use this for work so I would like it to work as well.
  • hopefallhopefall Posts: 12
    I'm taking delivery of my 328i next week. I skipped the Premium, as I prefer the 'ette seats for durability. I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck with adding an aftermarket bluetooth set-up. The steering wheel controls are already in place.

    Thanks!!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If you're getting a new 328, it's prewired for BMW bluetooth. You just have to buy the module, microphone and bracket, get it installed, then take the car to the BMW dealership so the it can be "activated/enabled."

    It's still expensive. It will probably be at least $800 total for all parts and shipping and the dealer may or may not activate it for free. It's cheaper than the premium package, but since you were factory ordering, you could have ordered the bluetooth/BMW Assist package for $750. The bluetooth kit below doesn't include BMW Assist.

    http://www.bimmernav.com/store/catalog/bmw-3-series-20062008-e90-index-36.html

    The car is also prewired for BMW Assist, but then you will need to add a few hundred more in parts and more labor to install.

    Or for about $100 you could get this:

    http://supertooth.net/HelpService/interactive_voice_demo.html
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Okay everyone, the black jack will load the address book. Not sure if it's because it's a smartphone? The bluetooth works, but not as cool as with some other phones as no address book. Still need to buy a new phone that works with Verizon! So at least my non-business phone will work in my car.
  • hal56hal56 Posts: 94
    Just got my 08 335i convertible--

    I use verizon service and it appears I cannot have a smartphone that pairs with the 335 and gets my slingbox (remote cable TV thru internet).

    anybody pair a Mot Q9m -a smartphone that does get internet in a 335?

    Or, has anybody paired a Blackberry smartphone thru Verizon

    TIA
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Oops. I meant that my Blackjack would not load the address book.

    Also I'm thinking about a new smartphone that works. Want the blackberry but it's not on the list. So need to find someone with one so I can see if it works. Otherwise it's back to another razr that I know does work.
  • There is a website wireless4bmw.com that lists the compatible phones for BMW. Also, please be aware that the new Razor from AT&T has some software issues. It will pair and work until you shut the car off and then it will pick up and drop the pairing constantly or wont automatically pair at all.
  • pdude1pdude1 Posts: 47
    Thanks!

    Has anyone used a smart phone and gotten their "outlook" addresses to sync up? Or just their phone addresses?

    Also, I see on my razr with sw 1.0F.03 I don't get all my contacts. Might be that I have too many and might be over the limit of allowable for the addresss book. I need to check that one out.
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    I have. I have the Samsung ACE and it's NOT on the list of compatible phones, but I paired it up and dumped all of my Outlook Contacts successfully - works great.
    Z
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    Also, please be aware that the new Razor from AT&T has some software issues. It will pair and work until you shut the car off and then it will pick up and drop the pairing constantly or wont automatically pair at all.

    Not so at all in my experience.
  • I have a Sprint i580 that works in my 530i that's not on the list. It won't download the phonebook, but works great. Keep in mind though, using a non-compatible phone can(not neccasarily will) cause issues with the telephone control unit not covered by warranty.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    I have a Sprint i580 that works in my 530i that's not on the list. It won't download the phonebook, but works great. Keep in mind though, using a non-compatible phone can(not neccasarily will) cause issues with the telephone control unit not covered by warranty.

    I think that the fact that it won't download the phonebook is the reason that it is not on the list.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Does BMW's bluetooth generally work well? Answering calls and call waiting, making calls, etc?

    Any complaints?
  • uuyrwdsuuyrwds Posts: 6
    I have had three different cell phones since I got my 3. I have found that although they all work, some work better than others and each causes a slight glitch in the system. My Motorpla worked almost flawlessly. I now have a Samsung that works for calls with decent sound quality, but sometimes I fnd that the steering wheel buttons don't work the way they should. For example, I will have to press end call twice to actually end a call. Other than that it offers hands free security while driving, the ultimate goal.
  • hemanthhhemanthh Posts: 40
    I use my iphone 3g in my 330xi. It generally works well, but there are some pet peeves. I cant seem to listen to voice mail at all.

    I can make a call from my phone, or look up the downloaded contacts list on the car and ring somebody. Works great. I have not recevied calls while I was on the phone yet, so Im not sure about call waiting.

    The worst thing is that when you hit the phone button on the steering wheel one time, it rings that last person you called from the CAR and not from your phone. So I end up calling the same person by mistake when I did not intend to.

    So now, I make the call from my phone and not from the directory in the car.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Thank you - to you and the person who posted right b4 you.

    My Acura TL has bluetooth that works well with some minor glitches that seem to depend on the phone.

    I think my next car will be a used 330 or 335 with 6MT. Bluetooth is soooo important when you need both hands to drive, you know? So I'd been monitoring this site for awhile and was only seeing comments about synching.

    So thank you very much!
  • nlz335nlz335 Posts: 3
    I just bought my BMW 2009 335i. I'm trying to use my iPhone 3GS, having volume issues. I can hear the caller very well but the caller can't hear me well. Not sure if it is the problem with BMW bluetooth or the iPhone?? Does anyone have the same issue?
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Make sure when you speak, you are speaking into the car speaker, not the phone speaker. I believe the car speaker that transmits your voice is located by the sunroof controls. Also make sure your windows are up.

    I now have a 2007 335i and have no problems with people hearing me.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    You know how you can use the bmw radio to scroll through your list of contacts on your phone and then select the contact to dial? For some reason, if a contact has a name beginning with S-Z, I cannot access it. When I select the "A-Z" option, it only allows me to access A-R. Anyone else have this issue?
  • nlz335nlz335 Posts: 3
    Ok, I finally got a chance to take my car in to the dealership. They told me that iphone and BMW blue tooth issue is a known problem. It has something to do with the iPhone. The engineers can't find the problem... it sucks to have paid so much for the car but can't enjoy the convenience factors!!
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