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      10-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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Can enhanced bluetooth be unlocked with coding or is it hardware?

If you were to order a 335i with enhanced bluetooth in Jan or Feb you'd get bluetooth audio etc as well as a iphone cradle. If you have a iphone 5, the cradle is useless.

So, if you were to save the money and not get enhanced bluetooth, can someone unlock it via coding? If not, can BOTH the enhanced bluetooth hardware and the iphone 5 cradle (June) be added after the fact?

I am wondering if part of the deal at purchase could be for the dealership to order in and install a cradle when it is available as part of the purchase price....who wants to pay for something they can't use...ya know....
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If you were to order a 335i with enhanced bluetooth in Jan or Feb you'd get bluetooth audio etc as well as a iphone cradle. If you have a iphone 5, the cradle is useless.

So, if you were to save the money and not get enhanced bluetooth, can someone unlock it via coding? If not, can BOTH the enhanced bluetooth hardware and the iphone 5 cradle (June) be added after the fact?

I am wondering if part of the deal at purchase could be for the dealership to order in and install a cradle when it is available as part of the purchase price....who wants to pay for something they can't use...ya know....
Enhanced BT option does not include iPhone cradle; that's another option, and can be easily retrofitted later. Why not get the enhanced BT/USB option and order an iPhone 5 cradle if and when one is released?
From what I've read, the cradle isn't that awesome of an option, btw.
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I think I read somewhere that its a hardware limitation. You need to get the enhanced bluetooth in order to get A2DP audio streaming. IMO its worth the money, especially if you have the heads up display, because your tracks show up on it.

like rjc3200 mentioned above, the cradle is extra $$ and not required. If you need to charge the iPhone, just buy the $20 lightning cable.
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Enhanced BT option does not include iPhone cradle; that's another option, and can be easily retrofitted later. Why not get the enhanced BT/USB option and order an iPhone 5 cradle if and when one is released?
From what I've read, the cradle isn't that awesome of an option, btw.
For Canada it is one package for 850 bucks...
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Oops! Sorry, I didn't realize that. My bad. For what it is worth, the cradle doesn't sound like a real killer accessory as the only features it appears to enable (as opposed to USB connection) are access to the exterior antenna, modified interface (which is better, but doesn't allow you to enable split screen, which is a bummer) and video streaming. I ordered a cradle for my iPhone 4s knowing that I'll upgrade next year to iPhone 5s, and plan on just leaving my old iPhone plugged into the cradle all the time.

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looking for the part number for this enhanced bluetooth. Also retrofitting instructions? ive got the 5 series bluetooth in AUS so i have nothing
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So, if you were to save the money and not get enhanced bluetooth, can someone unlock it via coding? If not, can BOTH the enhanced bluetooth hardware and the iphone 5 cradle (June) be added after the fact?
No for the former case. Enhanced BT includes additional hardware which handles BT functions.
The only way to add this additional hardware (combox) is to replace the radio headunit as well with one which is compatible with the combox.
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