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Posted by Richard Cohen on June 23, 2004, 6:16 am
I have been trying to decipher the  manual on use of a Bluetooth phone in
the 2004 Prius.  This section appears to have been translated from Japanese
to Romulan then to something faintly resembling English.  My dealer can't
figure out the manual, and Toyota USA says to ignore the manual; that you
can make one touch calls and receive calls when the vehicle's moving.  Could
any Prius owners with a Bluetooth phone please let me know if I should spend
the money for a Bluetooth phone, and how does it work?  Thanks.

Posted by David Durkee on June 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
My dealer gave me a sheet with tis web address on it:


The site provided instructions customized for many supported Bluetooth
phones. The instructions for my Sony-Ericsson T616 were wrong in a few
places, but close enough that I was able to get it working fairly
quickly. You can indeed make one touch calls and receive calls while
the vehicle is moving. While the vehicle is stopped you can access an
entire phone list for making outgoing calls, provided you copied that
phone list from your phone earlier. The one drawback was that the
Prius phone list is the kind that pairs one name to one phone number,
while my phone recognizes that people have multiple, different kinds
of phone. So when I copied the phoen list, only one number per person
was copied. I don't make a lot of outgoing calls fromt he car so I
haven't gone to the trouble of figuring out how to fix this.

When a call is in effect, the Prius acts as a speakerphone for your
Bluetooth phone and automatically pauses or mutes the audio system. It
works pretty well. I'm not to have to dig the phone out of my front
pocket while driving anymore!


Posted by Fruit Pie the Magician on June 24, 2004, 2:59 am
  ddurkee@mac.com (David Durkee) wrote:

Here's my opinion as a professional geek. If you TALK in the car often,
then yes, you will love this feature. Full stop.

Posted by BU Empress on June 26, 2004, 12:20 am
I heard a lot about this Bluetooth thing though. How much more
handsfree can you get?! That's great even if you don't talk in your
car a lot. If you own a cell phone it's great.

Posted by kari on June 26, 2004, 5:09 am
 I bought the Ericsson T616. With the Prius manual and the Ericsson manual
and a bit of reading between the lines, I was able to get it working. I
don't use the phone a lot while I'm driving for outgoing calls, but the
hands off is great for answering incoming. You can set up three pages of one
touch numbers which can be called while the car is moving (6 per page, I
think). The feature is worth it for sure if you use your cellphone a lot. I
bought the phone from Cingular for $50 and got a $00 rebate by turning in
my old two year old $0 phone, plus a $0 Gift card. Since I had recently
moved and my Sprint service was poor-to-none at my new home, it was pretty
much a win-win situation for me to switch providers and get the Bluetooth
phone (especially since Sprint did not support any Bluetooth phones at the



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