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      11-13-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Compatible dumb phone?

Car is a 2014 328i xdrive, luxury version (so called). I believe it has all available electronics.

When I bought the car, the sales guy attempted to pair my old casio dumb phone. Car said "error." But the next day, driving along, I was surprised to hear an incoming call on car's speaker. I've been using it ever since. Once I accidentally unpaired, and it took 30 min of trial & error to pair once again; otherwise no problem.

The casio battery is old (& hard to replace), and I don't want to lug around a smart phone. So I need a new dumb one.

The offical bmw list includes only smartphones.

Can anyone suggest an up to date dumb phone that works with bmw bluetooth? The only functionality needed is to receive and place calls, and to transfer the phone directory.

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Can anyone suggest an up to date dumb phone
Yep, it's called a smartphone.

The reasons for having a dumb phone are increasingly limited to old people lacking technical ability, the disabled who need large touch buttons to navigate, and drug dealers/pimps/hookers/criminals in need of cheap, disposable phones.

Also, I'd venture that most dumb phones weigh at least as much as a smartphone, while managing to be at least twice as thick, so there goes the "lugging it around" argument.

Of course, you could just be frugal and not want to spend money on a fancy toy with features you don't really need, but if that's the case I've got a seven year old Camry I can sell you.
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It is increasingly difficult to even find feature phones and not all of them have Bluetooth capability. And even then, their Bluetooth support is rudimentary, intending to connect to a headset. They may not work well with the car's BT interface. If you were to get it to sync, you'd likely have to dial from the phone itself. You wouldn't see contacts etc. Essentially the car would just be a dumb headset. If you do go down that route, you should definitely try it out with the car before you buy it. Some LG flip phones do say they have BT headset capability.

The only reason to continue using a basic feature phone is if you really are attached to a number pad, don't want to pay for a data plan, or don't like a touch screen. Blackberry might be the only thing with a physical kybd these days.

My mom is 85 and even she has an iphone
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      11-17-2015, 07:49 AM   #5
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It is increasingly difficult to even find feature phones and not all of them have Bluetooth capability. And even then, their Bluetooth support is rudimentary, intending to connect to a headset. They may not work well with the car's BT interface. If you were to get it to sync, you'd likely have to dial from the phone itself. You wouldn't see contacts etc. Essentially the car would just be a dumb headset. If you do go down that route, you should definitely try it out with the car before you buy it. Some LG flip phones do say they have BT headset capability.

The only reason to continue using a basic feature phone is if you really are attached to a number pad, don't want to pay for a data plan, or don't like a touch screen. Blackberry might be the only thing with a physical kybd these days.

My mom is 85 and even she has an iphone
The problem isn't attachment to the number pad, we already have a data plan for my girlfriends iphone 6s, and a touch screen would be fine.

The problem is size. Virtually all smart phones have significantly greater surface area than flip phones, making them more cumbersome to carry around in a pocket. I prefer a flip phone which can comfortably share a pocket with wallet or keys. Also, I don't text and don't feel a need to be tethered to a screen and internet.

My current but old flip phone works just fine with bmw BT including access to the phones contact list, remembering the last call etc.

I also know old people with iphones including a mid 80's relative with every apple gadget known to man including desktop, mac-book, ipad, iphone, & watch. Anyway, I'm not quite that old!

You are right about one thing, I should try before buying.

Thanks for your response.
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You just have to get giant pockets and get used to an electronic device emitting radio waves into your private parts like the rest of us! I get it...flip phones ARE more compact. Generally more rugged too. I would bet the Verizon store would let you try before buy.
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You just have to get giant pockets and get used to an electronic device emitting radio waves into your private parts like theu rest of us! I get it...flip phones ARE more compact. Generally more rugged too. I would bet the Verizon store would let you try before buy.
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