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repstein 10-12-2010 01:37 PM

MobileOffice compatible phone
 
Hello folks,

I know I'm not exactly in the right forum, but that was intentional. A lot more new 5 owners than 7 owners and the question relates to all new BMWs.

I just took delivery last week of a Sept 6th, 2010 built 750Li. It has the Combox controller (option 6VC) and I'm able to get most of the new features working (Bluetooth streaming, cover art, iPod controlled with a single cable (no need for Y-cable even though I have one anyhow sitting in the glove box).

What I can't seem to figure out is what model Blackberry's are compatible with MobileOffice functionality? I read originally that the Pearl 3G is and that the phone must be running 6.0 OS.

Firstly, has anyone tried this phone with the newest BMW feature and does it work as advertised?

Does anyone have any idea if other models are going to be supported? I hate the Pearl and do not want to go out and buy one. I wouldn't mind buying a Bold 9700 (I'm on AT&T) or worst case, Torch 9800, but I don't want the Pearl 3G. I currently have a Bold 9000 that is near its end of life. I tried a Bold 9700 running 6.0 (hacked) and that did not work.

Anyone have any ideas? Would be much appreciated.

Randy

alex_c 10-12-2010 02:42 PM

Torch has O.S. 6 and should work. I have a 2011 535, but it does not have the combox... :(

pmw103 10-12-2010 05:05 PM

Allows you to see which phones have which functions, can even filter by function.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/nav...eck_intro.html

A lot of the Nokia and Sony phones appear to have the office or at least some of the office functions.

Looks like there is an update available for pre September build cars.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/nav...re_update.html

http://www.bmw.com/_common/shared/ow...PD01000_EN.pdf

Only vehicles from selected European markets
will be supported in the case of vehicles with
production dates 03/2010 08/2010. The software
update is not required for vehicles with
production dates later than 09/2010.

repstein 10-15-2010 02:27 PM

Yes, I've been to this site before, but it previously didn't make any sense.

The Mobile Office integration is specifically supposed to be a Blackberry integration, yet 3 Sony phones came up at the time I checked, and now the Blackberry Torch comes up (finally). I'd love to see the Bold 9700 which is a natural upgrade to my current Bold 9000.

As for drivers, yep, saw those too. Hopefully we'll actually see additional drivers being released as time goes on.

Thanks!

Randy

bklyn550 10-15-2010 05:26 PM

Bmw has some nerve not giving everyone in 2011 the new Combox i am going to start some type of campaign to get this new Combox

Sent from my Nexus One using BimmerApp

pharding 10-15-2010 05:48 PM

If they could it I am sure that they would. However I am quite happy with my July build 550i as is.

enigma 10-15-2010 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bklyn550 (Post 5548098)
Bmw has some nerve not giving everyone in 2011 the new Combox i am going to start some type of campaign to get this new Combox

Sent from my Nexus One using BimmerApp

Why do you think BMW is obligated to retrofit the new combox into already sold cars? :dunno:

Slaymaster 10-15-2010 09:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enigma (Post 5548454)
Why do you think BMW is obligated to retrofit the new combox into already sold cars? :dunno:

Because it's not fair!:cry: All kidding aside, mine is sitting at Bayonne, NJ waiting for delivery to my dealership and equipped with the new combox. I'm sure there will be additional enhancements through the model year an we'll all miss out of them being we bought early. It happens.

apw2607 10-19-2010 10:09 PM

Yep so true. Next year we will see iPod out and some app support with internet radio, pandora and twitter.

edspider 10-20-2010 06:54 PM

What does the newer ComBox give us in the USA market? I thought most of this neat stuff was just some Euro markets.

repstein 10-20-2010 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edspider (Post 5561201)
What does the newer ComBox give us in the USA market? I thought most of this neat stuff was just some Euro markets.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...8&d=1279774450

Plus, not mentioned, satellite images (Google Earth) and future proofed for future software upgrades (new features coming in the future)

Randy

edspider 10-20-2010 07:15 PM

Thanks. I would like some of those features. But when I visited the supported phone list. Only 4 phones from AT&T had the necessary bluetooth protocols to hook up with Mobile Office. I have the iPhone and could not possibly switch to anything else. Verizon has none. So I'll have to wait a year or so for the phones to add the Bluetooth support they need before I can take advantage of most of the MobileOffice features like getting SMS and calendar on the iDrive screen.

And boy if the new combox means it can get updates, that's a nice feeling. Since my car was built last week, I guess I'll have it.

repstein 10-20-2010 07:17 PM

Yes, but other features do work with the iPhone (such as cover art, bluetooth streaming, single cable connectivity/no need for Y-cable), and yes, if your car was built last week, it will support it. My Sept 6th 7 series build supports it as does my biz partner's new X5 he just picked up today.

Oh, almost forgot, yes, you can upgrade the software. Drivers will be available at http://bmw.com/update

Randy


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