[Finally] Verizon's Treo Talks to Toyotas

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Old 06 Nov 2006, 11:54 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default [Finally] Verizon's Treo Talks to Toyotas

>From Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com

Verizon's Treo Talks to Toyotas

Here's some welcome news on the Bluetooth front: Verizon Wireless has
finally released a software update that fixes one of the more annoying
compatibility glitches with its version of the Palm Treo 650
smartphone. I wrote about this in Help File back in April.

Essentially, a Verizon Treo 650 would be unable to finish the "pairing"
process necessary for it to use Toyota's or Lexus's Bluetooth hardware
as a hands-free kit. There was no hardware fault to blame for this;
other carriers' Treo 650s had included the required software fix for
months already.

About two weeks ago, Verizon caught up to them. After waiting a week or
so to see if other users had reported widespread problems, I applied
this updater to my own 650. The software-upload process was the usual
annoying routine of first backing up the Treo's data, then wiping its
memory--required to free up enough memory for the updater--running the
updater, then reloading all my data.

But at the end of the process, the 650's Bluetooth finally worked as
advertised, pairing up successfully with the Bluetooth gear in our own
Toyota Prius. And whaddyaknow, this option is really convenient! With
the phone and car linked via Bluetooth, an incoming caller's number
shows up on the Prius's central display; when I press the phone-answer
button on the steering wheel, the stereo pauses and I can carry on the
conversation using the car's own speakers and microphone. Much more
convenient than trying to fish the phone out of a pocket, then hold it
to my head or activate its own speakerphone function.

I can also beam over address-book entries from phone to car, then dial
them with a press of a button on the Prius's screen. The only catch is
the Toyota software's limit of one phone number per contact; I'll have
to edit the 650's address book temporarily before sending over the
numbers for the people I call most often.

I've had this Treo 650 for almost a year and a half, but this is the
first time I've had a good reason to keep its Bluetooth function

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