GPS Bluetooth Compatibility
Update: Find a phone that is compatible but not listed as such from the manufacturer? Want to know if other users have found a phone to be compatible? We now have a list of user submitted GPS and Bluetooth Phone Compatible Test Results. You can add your results to the list or search the list for user submissions!
Bluetooth hands free calling is a feature offered on my upper-level auto GPS devices. If you haven’t heard of it before, Bluetooth is simply a feature which allows two devices to communicate with each other wirelessly over a short distance. So if you have a Bluetooth mouse and a computer with Bluetooth, they can work together without a cable tethering them via Bluetooth.
In GPS devices the connection takes place between your GPS and your mobile phone. Your GPS device works like a Bluetooth headset. When a call comes into your phone, the caller ID information and the notification of an incoming call can display on your GPS. This can be handy if your phone is in your pocket or purse, and offers a safer way to take the call.
After answering the phone on your GPS, the speaker inside the GPS broadcasts the voice of the caller, and an internal microphone in the GPS picks up your voice, sends it back to your phone, and then your phone sends it back to the person on the other end of the call.
Some GPS devices will allow you to dial POIs from the GPS. Navigate to a restaurant and dial your phone, directly from the GPS, to make a reservation. Other GPS devices can even view your phone’s phonebook from the GPS and you can make calls to those people directly from the GPS.
While this might sound like a fantastic feature, keep in mind it doesn’t always work as well as you might hope. The sound quality isn’t always fantastic and not all Bluetooth mobile phones are supported from every device. Try to see if the manufacturer specifically claims compatibility with your phone. Even with compatible phones people often report less than satisfactory audio quality.
Just because two devices offer Bluetooth doesn’t mean that they can pair with each other and work together. And just because a GPS device offers hands-free calling via Bluetooth doesn’t mean it is compatible with each and every Bluetooth phone. Thus, each GPS model needs to be tested with each phone. There are so many combinations that manufacturers don’t get to test them all, but they try to test the popular ones. Even with testing, there are some combinations that prove to work fine despite the manufacturer not listing the pair as being compatible.
Rather than keep up with each of the combinations here is a link to the compatibility charts for some of the manufacturers.