Mini Bluetooth and connectivity web page

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  1. isleofbones

    isleofbones New Member

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    My 2015 MCS came with the base radio, but does have Bluetooth and the onboard computer provides for storage of phonebook. So, my sales agent synched my nokia lumia 521, running windows phone 8. All was good. The Bluetooth worked, my phonebook was stored. Had mini dealer install mini brand (made by Garmin) portable navigation 2 weeks after car purchase and my phone book disappeared. The salesman and a tech took about 45 minutes to get the numbers reinstalled (I tried using the manual, but it wouldn't workfor me). Anyway, the phonebook disappeared again after about a month and a half (no discernable reason for disappearing numbers). Now, dealer says my phone is not on compatible list. What's more frustrating is that when I go to the mini connectivity page on the mini site to check compatability list of phones, the page doesn't work. You are asked to enter last 7 digits of your vin or select a car model before proceeding to next step of checking device compatibility. Unfortunately, the form is broken. Its not dynamic. You can't enter vin, etc. Contacted mini and they can only tell me my phone is not on compatibility list. They don't answer my question on what to do about getting list of compatible windows phones so I can consider getting a new phone. This is the page listed in my owners manual to check compatibility. Am I the only one who thinks that it is ironic that you can't connect with the mini connectivity page? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Dave.0

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    Sorry I can't help because I believe cars are for driving and phones are for talking and the two should never be used at the same time.
     
  3. ZippyNH

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    Since phones have software updated frequently (so moving target for car compatibility), and windows phone is such a small % of users, I wish I could say good luck....but even though the windows phones are pretty good, app makers are fleeing...just too small a user base...heck think I read that Bank of America turned off their banking app....
    You might be one of 50 folks worldwide (OK, maybe in the us) using windows phone in a mini....

    ME, I consider my car to be a low tech zone I get away from beeps, buzzes, and tech that wants my attention....and a $50 Bluetooth earpiece can sound better in 90% of cars than the $500 phone option in my experience.... So if it streams with bluetooth, and I can voice dial (I'm an android user-also in the minority in mini's since most folks are apple..but they make every gen smaller, mini makes them bigger?!)......
     
  4. isleofbones

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    Yes, Zippy NH is right that I am a member of an uber small community of windows phone users. But, even if my phone is not compatible, I really think it is not the "best foot forward" for mini to have its connectivity page not functioning. After all, the corporation is trying to promote its tech side. I would be a little less frustrated if I could just access a list of windows phones that are compatible (I've been told that there are some compatible windows phones). And, while I also agree with Dave O's approach to motoring, my boss does not share our enthusiasm. In the public relations field, I am unfortunately tethered to the phone for many hours. Trying to be safe with hands free. I have,however, gotten to a compromise situation, using the Bluetooth on my portable mini navigation. It's probably as good as the in dash infotainment unit, allows for hands free and voice command, but it obviously doesn't coordinate with radio volume. Well, nice weather for great motoring is the up side. Thanks, and if anyone know of the index or list of compatible phones, I'd be appreciative.
     
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    Buy an iPhone for work stuff since they are married to BMW / MINI connected.

    Why because it just works.
     
  6. Metalman

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    I tried it out...

    I tabbed the button.... "I am interested in a MINI" & selected 3rd gen". (Dave.0.... Not really)...

    Lots of pages of phones popped up... Maybe don't tab the vin route... No Nokia Lumina 521...

    Nokia 1.JPG

    Nokia 2.JPG
     
  7. Firebro17

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    I don't have or need Bluetooth for all it might offer. When I need'ta use the cell phone while driving, I just put my drink between my legs, take my eyes off the road to look for the number, then make the call... Same procedure if I need to check the map.
     
  8. isleofbones

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    Thanks Metalman... just what I was looking for. How come the mini web associates cant be this helpful. All good. Thanks again. Just have to decide if I will stay with my current phone and use the Bluetooth on the mini portable navigation or if I'll buy one of the nokia windows phones listed and use the Bluetooth integrated with the radio.
     

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