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BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-12-2004, 10:04 PM
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BMW Bluetooth Compatible phones; What WORKS?

Find a Compatible Handset - Not all Bluetooth phones will work!
Unfortunately, not all Bluetooth compatible phones will work (partially or fully) with BMW's Bluetooth systems. As such, “Bluetooth” is an ambiguous term and insufficient to ensure compatibility. That is unfortunate, since "Bluetooth" is all that is typically included in the phone's description.

My experience is a good example: my do-everything SonyEricsson P900 does not work with my Bluetooth-capable car (the SonyEricsson P900 lacks a "handsfree profile" required to work with the BMW implementation of integration of cell phone and car). Successful 6 Series Bluetoth retrofit, but phone incompatible

Even if you have a "BT-compatible" phone with the BT "handsfree profile," there are other features that may or may not work properly. For example, the phone should automatically share its phone book with the car to enable a set of nice features: based on your phone's address book: Calling Name display and

BMW Customer Assistance has a short list of compatible phones (SE T68i, SE T610, SE T630, Motorola V600). A more extensive compatibility list is here:
More extensive list of BMW-compatible phones


What phones work for you?
Please share what works for you so that we can all share in your experience and knowledge.

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Phone model:
Car model:
[ ] ability to make/receive calls
[ ] phone book automatically synches to car
[ ] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[ ] calling name display (using adddress book)
[ ] ability to send/receive SMS

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Old 11-13-2004, 04:22 AM
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Re: bluetooth compatibility

Phone model: HP iPaq H6315 Pocket PC Phone Edition (PDA/phone)
Car model: 2005 545i
[x] ability to make/receive calls
[ ] phone book automatically synches to car
[ ] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[ ] calling name display (using adddress book)
[ ] ability to send/receive SMS




I have found another glitch. My PDA unfortunately goes into a suspend mode when not in use, to save battery power. When it suspends, everything shuts off except for the cellular phone connection. That means bluetooth shuts off when the phone is not in use. So when an incoming call rings in, the car will not be linked with the phone until the PDA has time to load the bluetooth. This means, the phone will ring a few times before bluetooth can connect..... and you will most likely miss the call while waiting for the pairing to complete.

ANNOYING.

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Old 11-13-2004, 06:21 AM
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My SE P910 works (only partially) with BMW bluetooth. It pairs up quite easily but phone book won't auto transfer. So the new P910 now supports handsfree protocol.
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Old 11-13-2004, 11:55 AM
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Phone model: Sony Ericsson T637
Car model: 04/2000 540iA + BMW ULF 84216950089
[X] ability to make/receive calls
[X] phone book automatically synches to car
[X] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[X] calling name display (using adddress book)
[X] ability to send/receive SMS

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Old 11-14-2004, 11:03 AM
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I bought a Motorola V600 just so I could use it in my new 6er, I sure hope I'm not disappointed!
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Old 11-14-2004, 05:08 PM
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I bought a Motorola V600 just so I could use it in my new 6er, I sure hope I'm not disappointed!
I'll keep you posted.
The V600 works fine with the BMW BT ULF. Full functionality. Here's a useful BMW BT link: http://www.x5world.com/bluetooth.htm

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Old 11-15-2004, 07:16 PM
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Will TMobile Blackberry 7100t work with the E60 Bluetooth?
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:43 PM
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Re: BlackBerry

T-Mobile BlackBerry 7100t will NOT work with BMW Bluetooth.

I just returned home with one of these BlackBerries, and it will pair up.... but fails to allow connection. I tried making and receiving calls, it will not work at all.
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:11 PM
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Compatible phones

Here is a partial list from BMW. May have changed.
AT & T/ CINGULAR
Motorola V600
Sony Erickson T616
Sony Erickson T637
Motorola Razr V3

SPRINT
Sony Erickson T608
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:28 PM
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If you part take in the on-demand world, the Razr V3 is the way to go. It's a multimedia Bluetooth command center, the size of a credit card. It integrates flawlessly with most any Bluetooth device, your car, PDA, Laptop, Desktop, et al. With a simple module, you can virtually set the security system, and view the security cameras in your home from an island off the coast of Spain, several thousand miles from home...in real time.
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Old 11-26-2004, 02:34 PM
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Re: RAZR

Just got my RAZR today.

It works great with the BMW.
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Old 11-26-2004, 03:28 PM
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:06 PM
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My Sprint Treo 650 does not work with my '05 545i. The address book doesn't interface. The handsfree aspect of it only works when you initiate a call or answer a call directly from the phone. I don't know if BMW needs to come out with a new software update and/or Palm needs to do a firmware update for the phone. The Treo 650 is an exellent device and I'm confident that resolution will come about soon. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:38 AM
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Re: Palm

That only seems to back-up my previous assertion.

"Handheld/PDA style devices with Bluetooth do Not work with BMW.
Cellular phones with Bluetooth will work."

That is 3 for 3 handhelds that I've seen not working. Anyone else see a trend?
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:44 AM
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As far as I know, BMW's Bluetooth software only supports primary stand-alone cellular devices. I've yet to hear of any Bluetooth device, incorporating cellular capability, being compatible with BMW's Bluetooth software, PDA's, BlackBerry, etc.
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Old 11-28-2004, 05:33 PM
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Phone model: Sony Ericsson T637
Car model: 04/2000 540iA + BMW ULF 84216950089
[X] ability to make/receive calls
[X] phone book automatically synches to car
[X] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[X] calling name display (using adddress book)
[X] ability to send/receive SMS

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A friend of mine is very disappointed b/c he bought a 2004 530i and was told bluetooth would be available and up to date they keep telling him that it is in the works. I was wondering if your BMW came with bluetooth or if you had something done afterwards to have it installed. . This is the only complaint he has had as of yet from his bimmer . Thank you.
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Old 11-29-2004, 11:57 AM
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A friend of mine is very disappointed b/c he bought a 2004 530i and was told bluetooth would be available and up to date they keep telling him that it is in the works. I was wondering if your BMW came with bluetooth or if you had something done afterwards to have it installed. . This is the only complaint he has had as of yet from his bimmer . Thank you.
I bought the ULF from advancedautovations and installed it myself. I also bought upgrades to the navigation computer and the display from Martin Bishop. Martin also sells Bluetooth modules. In my opinion, he provides excellent customer service. I'm very happy with the upgrades and installation is easy.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:30 PM
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TO: SubterFuse, and other Pocket PC Phone users.
RE: IPAQ 6315 PPC..

If the PPC to a Travel Adapter for continuous power, will the phone go into suspend mode or will BT pairing remain active??

Thanks

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Phone model: HP iPaq H6315 Pocket PC Phone Edition (PDA/phone)
Car model: 2005 545i
[x] ability to make/receive calls
[ ] phone book automatically synches to car
[ ] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[ ] calling name display (using adddress book)
[ ] ability to send/receive SMS




I have found another glitch. My PDA unfortunately goes into a suspend mode when not in use, to save battery power. When it suspends, everything shuts off except for the cellular phone connection. That means bluetooth shuts off when the phone is not in use. So when an incoming call rings in, the car will not be linked with the phone until the PDA has time to load the bluetooth. This means, the phone will ring a few times before bluetooth can connect..... and you will most likely miss the call while waiting for the pairing to complete.

ANNOYING.
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Old 12-01-2004, 05:33 AM
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Re: travel power

This was something I considered myself.

The theory is.... if you maintain the power on the iPaq, like when its in a cradle.... then the bluetooth drivers will remain active.


Unfortunately, the bluetooth drivers on the iPaq are so poor, that this is not the only problem. The drivers will only connect successfully to the BMW once, and then you'll have to soft reset. Keeping the power alive will NOT solve the iPaq problems.


I have sidelined my iPaq because it would not work with my BMW. I now have a Motorola RAZR. It works great.

In fact, I only have one complaint about the Motorola. When I use the car to call someone, and they do not pick up.... the car hangs up before the voicemail comes on for you to leave a message. I don't know why.
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Old 12-02-2004, 09:30 AM
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This was something I considered myself.

The theory is.... if you maintain the power on the iPaq, like when its in a cradle.... then the bluetooth drivers will remain active.


Unfortunately, the bluetooth drivers on the iPaq are so poor, that this is not the only problem. The drivers will only connect successfully to the BMW once, and then you'll have to soft reset. Keeping the power alive will NOT solve the iPaq problems.


I have sidelined my iPaq because it would not work with my BMW. I now have a Motorola RAZR. It works great.

In fact, I only have one complaint about the Motorola. When I use the car to call someone, and they do not pick up.... the car hangs up before the voicemail comes on for you to leave a message. I don't know why.
How about the Motorola V551? received a totally compatible rating for bluetooth
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Old 12-02-2004, 09:53 AM
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Phone model: Sony Ericsson T637
Car model: 04/2000 540iA + BMW ULF 84216950089
[X] ability to make/receive calls
[X] phone book automatically synches to car
[X] dial by name (without verbal training of system)
[X] calling name display (using adddress book)
[X] ability to send/receive SMS

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T637 seems to be the most friendly Bluetooth phone on the market today.
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:24 AM
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Hi,
I have got the BMW telephone (it is BMW not nokia or motoroal, I guess it is called business) and it is wireless. Can I assume it is bluetooth? And if yes how would I pair another bluetooth phone? I tried as one of the threads mentioned pressing the R/T button on the steering wheel but no effect.

Can anyone help?

My car is 530iA 2003 (October production)
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Old 12-05-2004, 07:20 AM
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An '03 530 does not have bluetooth capability.
If your phone is the one you got with the vehicle, and says BMW on the face/display, it is a Motorola, probably a v60, which is not a bluetooth phone either.
If you remove the battery, the inside label will identify the phone manufacturer/model for you.
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Old 12-05-2004, 08:19 AM
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T637 seems to be the most friendly Bluetooth phone on the market today.
I second the T637. I have an ATT model, and it is great.

My only beef is that the same soft button used to hang up is also the Mmode button. So if you have the habit of hanging up by hitting the button two or three times, you'll often wind up connecting to the web whenever you hang up after a call.

SE seems to have a more energy efficient BT system. I still have to charge nightly, but it seems a lot better than my Moto V600.
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:12 PM
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My SE P910 works (only partially) with BMW bluetooth. It pairs up quite easily but phone book won't auto transfer. So the new P910 now supports handsfree protocol.

Can you tell me how you send/receive calls, i was be able to send from my SE910i sometime, sometime it did not work, i did not know what seems to be a problems, i don't need to transfer the phone book, all i need is send/received call.

I got 05 545i, i think it was same as in 05 X5 system. Thanks in advance.
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