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      06-29-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
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iPhone Compatibility User Report

I guess this is the first... but I'm sure of many to come!

Well my iPhone is as about as old as everyone else's. Only waited 2.5 hours at #30 in line at my local AT&T store for one. Let me just say before the BMW Part... I'm one HAPPY customer.

If you don't think this phone lives up to its hype (well other then no 3G), then you're just fooling yourself. This phone at daybreak is everything and more then one could hope for in a portable device... and I haven't even played with it as an iPod yet!


So what you lovely folks want to hear, its compatibility with our e9x's. Let me give you my specs first:

1 week old 2007 328xi e90 with iDrive & Premium Package. That's about all you need to know.

1 hour old iPhone 8GB

Fully loaded contact list, calendar, bookmarks, mail, and a few videos.


Our initial reports have listed our iPhone as "fully compatible" with the bluetooth. I fully agree and endorse that statement so far.

No more:
Incorrect incoming calls
Abbreviated Phone Book List
One name and number per user


This thing is FULLY FUNCTIONAL with iDrive and the integrated bluetooth.

Let me show you.

Bluetooth off:


Sorry for the flash, this was done in a hurry.

Turn on bluetooth, turn on your car. They pair together in harmony just like any phone would:



Now, let's look at those contacts. For now I have 276 stored contacts, and it shows every one of them in the iDrive display. The AAPA is a public number, so I'll share:



Now would be a great time to point out the phenomenal AT&T service by my coverage indicator.

Oh boy, Mom & Dad are calling me... (well it's really just me with a portable house phone)



Phone rings, car rings, as you hope and expect it should. Well, I'll just ignore that call.



As you can see it shows up nicely in your "missed calls list". Right person, Right time, Right location.

So all you have is my word to trust that Mom & Dad was the right number that called.

But, as you will soon see, I placed a call earlier, so I have a recent call in my "top 8":



So with the little blackout, so no one calls anyone, you can clearly see full name, what type of number it is, the full telephone number, all displaying as BMW and Apple intended.

Again, you will just have to take my word for now that if a person has multiple numbers they show up in the correct format XXXXXXX (Home) vs (Mobile), etc.


I really don't think there needs to be anything else said other then the call quality was what you would expect for a cell phone through bluetooth. I will provide more feedback as I have more time to use this device.

And on a side note, the keyboard... it's awesome. You need half a brain and a trusting of the device to use it. It does take some time, but it seems very easy to pick up.

Thanks for reading my write up, all I ask is that credit is to me, and these pictures and or text is not reproduced for your own gain.
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      06-29-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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im so pist ....i have a buisness account and im on the fone with att as we speak...its not letting me register online
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Do you have 6FL? Does it work with the iPohone?
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      06-29-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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thank you once again, let me know if there is anything else you would like to add.

http://edbmw.com/blog/2007/06/29/bmw...y-user-report/
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I imagine 6FL is the integrated iPod connector.

I will investigate this, but I'm sure it works no problem.
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Update:

For users with the iPod integration in the ARMREST:

Initially, the iPhone, when plugged in gives you an error warning message that "this accessory is not meant to be used with the iPhone, would you like to switch to Airplane mode".

Once the iDrive and iPhone systems initialize together, your playlists and songs show up without a problem.

I briefly played a song. What happens is that the iPhone can be used like normal, but when you click on the iPod icon, a white screen says "In Use".

When the phone is in its standby (not home) screen, instead of your background, the album art associated with the song shows up as the background and changes for every song... pretty cool.


When making or receiving a call, it shuts off the iPod and makes the call. I haven't tried yet, but will tomorrow, keeping bluetooth as well as the iPod connected to the stereo - meaning to see if the iPod changes seamlessly to Phone when a call is attempted or received while playing iPod music.

Songs showed up and loaded much faster then Hard Drive based iPods.

Hope this helps, and answers MOST questions!
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      06-29-2007, 08:37 PM   #7
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I would definitely invest in this if phone works 100% and I can also use it as an mp3 player through the arm rest. But I would definitely wait a while for a newer version until they work all the bugs out.
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No GPS
No 3G
No thanks


I remember a day when the Razr was the coolest. Now everyone has one.
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No GPS
No 3G
No thanks
WTF are you talking about it does have all those dude you need to go see the apple ads
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Thanks for the report. I picked up an iPod today too. Great device but like others too bad about no 3G. Oh well, the rest of it is worth it and makes this a must have phone.

I was #16 at my local AT&T store when I showed up around 2:30pm today. So, not too bad of a wait.

Looking forward to trying it out on my new bimmer in ~10 days.
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dude, was it sold out at the location you got your iphone?
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its been sold out everywhere. My friend is a store manager for at&t. They had to hire security to only allow a few people in at a time..the line was around the block!!

They were trying to reserve 4 for the employees at the end of the shift, but when they found out from the regional managers how much they are making over the cost of the phones, they said to hell with it and sold em all....LOL
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dude, was it sold out at the location you got your iphone?
Yes it was. About ~40 people at my local AT&T shop were able to get phones.
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FWIW, I have an older Blackberry from work that I use as my phone, and it integrates with the E90 just exactly the same as your iPhone. Zero problems for a year now. I thought they all did that, as long as they are Bluetooth enabled. What was your old phone that had the above problems?
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I bet you'll drop the phone in a couple of days..
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WTF are you talking about it does have all those dude you need to go see the apple ads
Negative. Iphone uses EDGE which is 2.5. AT&T's 3G offering is called UMTS and frankly it is still slower than the fastest versions of EVDO. It also does not have GPS.
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FYI, the Apple store on 5th ave in NYC still has 4gb and 8gb models in stock.
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if any of you guys in orange county, the apple store in mission viejo still has it.
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I remember a day when the Razr was the coolest. Now everyone has one.
I remember when I paid $499 to get the Razr new. My how technology has changed.
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i stood in line for 2 hrs (friend wanted to buy one).... there were almost 400 ppl ahead of us.... some of them even bought 2... there were plenty more when i left... dont think it was sold out
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i stood in line for 2 hrs (friend wanted to buy one).... there were almost 400 ppl ahead of us.... some of them even bought 2... there were plenty more when i left... dont think it was sold out
I would hope that in the bay area stores, especially so close to Cupertino where you are, that they'd bump the stock up to especially high levels.. don't want to short the locals after all!
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