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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:16 PM
jpwolfe31 jpwolfe31 is offline
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Console insert for phones

I know BMW makes a snap in adapter for various phones. However, I understand this requires that you take the phone out of its case.

Does BMW make an adapter that just has an tall edge on its lower side so the phone you place on the slanted area in the console does not slide off. I would like to plug my iPhone in via cable and just leave it on the slanted area.

Appreciate any advice on this. Also, any non-BMW solutions that do not involve duct tape?

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:56 PM
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One thing to consider, especially if you drive in poor cell coverage areas, is that when plugged into the adapter, it also couples the rf signal to the external antenna which can significantly improve your reception and increase the data rates. That being said, it also takes up a large portion of the console. There are a lot more adapters made than are sold by BMWUSA, too, but since the IPhone is the one in question, that's not an issue.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:53 PM
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Thanks for the info. The photo is a shot of what is in our GT already. I would just like a lip to keep the phone from sliding off the ledge. It does not look like the ledge would come out.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:58 PM
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After some further thought, I decided to modify the blank insert currently installed to add a lip to hold the phone. The plastic from the edge of a PC game case worked great. I just cut it out, taped it to the bottom of the blank insert and re-installed the blank insert.

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