Looking for a cool accessory for your brand new BlackBerry 8700? How about a 2006 BMW with BMW Assist (Bluetooth technology). According to Automobile.com, all 2006 BMW models that have BMW Assist from September 2005 production will be able to wirelessly pair the address book allowing you to make mobile calls using the on-board controls in the car or use hands-free voice command dialing.
BMW is going to bypass any RIM patent infringement legal woes by offering BlackBerry address book pairing only on Canadian-spec BMW models, however, other markets, including the United States, are expect to follow shortly.
Wireless address book pairing only works on BlackBerry devices that have BlackBerry OS 4.1 or higher installed. I believe that BlackBerry 8700, 7130e, and 7100i owners are good to go. Hopefully by the time this is offered in the U. S., OS upgrades for older model BlackBerry devices with Bluetooth will be available.
By the by,
I have heard that a RIM exec or two reads RIMarkable from time to time. If you send me a BMW to test with, I will be more than happy to write are review.
I have a U.S.A. 2006 BMW 325i and a BlackBerry 8700 and the address book is fully integrated. I can voice dial entries from my address book or select the entries via the i-Drive system. Therefore, I’m not sure what is meant by the BMW only pairing on the Canadian version of the BMWs. Maybe that was their original intent but not what was executed. Numerous other 8700 owners have paired with other BMW models with full address book availability without a problem.
I have a 2005 525i with BT capabilities that work like a charm with the 710 (address book, pairing etc) I just ordered the 7130e and fear that this will not work. I read about the BB rebooting no address book transfer Does anyone know if the 7130e will work with the 2005 car.
did you ever get an answer to your 7130e and bmw transfer question thanks have the same question
I have an 8700r and a 2006 BMW. It loaded the address book quite easily, however, it only transferred about a half of the numbers. I’ve tried a couple of more times but it still won’t transfer all the numbers.
Along with #3 I would like to know about the 7130 (bell)
Spent Â£36,000 on a 06 BMW 5 Series with Media Kit including bluetooth prep. My personal “very old” Nokia 6210 works a dream and can be fully accessed via the I-drive dash. However my brand new company Blackberry 7130g doesn’t play wont share it’s ball with the BMW. Still have to keep watching out for the coppers then 🙁
Anybody tested with a new BB 8707g model?
I have the Pearl 8100 (got it this week) and am trying to use it with my BMW 330d (2005, Swiss Model) – guess what… bluetooth discovery & pairing occurs but:-
– no addressbook transfer
– connection drops after 30 sec
Solution? going to buy a 2nd SIM (same number) and use my battered old Nokia – that works 100%
Steve – from Switzerland
I have a Blackberry 8300 Curve and used it in my 2006 BMW 325ci with no problems until suddenly the device in the car quit working completely. The dealer says 8300 is not an approved phone and using it may have damaged the system (?) and they won’t help (hey, great service form “the ultimate driving machine” folks). I intent to troubleshoot it; it looks like the bluetooth went out in the car.
I have had the same problem with 8310 and 2007 bmw 530…worked initially, now though it says it is paired, the phone wont work thru the car..Any suggestions?
I am having the same exact problem with the 8310 and my 2007 530i. It worked initially and now nothing….. Have you heard of any options
my 525i synchs with my curve but only to the letter “R”-is it a capacity issue with names, a problem w my car? thanks anyone