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  • BlackBerry Storm Tip: No Bluetooth Needed When Driving

    Posted on December 31st, 2008 Shawn No comments

    BlackBerry StormHere’s what I think is a huge handsfree feature of the Storm, especially for those using their Storm while in the car. Of course, many places have outlawed using any mobile device (phone, texting, etc) while driving, plus it’s not very safe to be fiddling with your phone while trying to focus on the road. So, many of us have turned to using Bluetooth devices while driving. For the majority, it’s a single-ear Bluetooth headset, for a few it’s the two-ear Stereo Bluetooth headset, for even fewer there is the Bluetooth speaker/handsfree device, and for those with newer (fancy schmancy cars) there is Bluetooth built into the car audio system.

    This post focuses on us without those new-fang dangled cars with built in Bluetooth, and it also focuses on people who don’t want to use up precious Storm battery life with the draining Bluetooth radio.

    The Storm comes with a standard 3.5mm headset jack, which is the key to this tip. That standard jack can be used for wired headsets, headphones, or any wired audio output. As long as your car stereo has either an axillary (AUX) in, or a cassette deck (I know a couple of you still have these) then this tip will work for you.
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    1a) If you have an AUX jack on your car stereo, get a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm Stereo audio cable from your local store (Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Target, etc).
    1b) If you have a cassette deck on your car stereo, get a cassette adapter from your local store (same stores as above).
    2) Plug the 3.5mm cable into your Storm headset jack, and either put the cassette adapter into your cassette deck or the other 3.5mm cable into your AUX jack.
    3) Make sure your car stereo is on to the correct output (i.e. cassette or AUX). You are almost done.

    Now, you have your Storm ready to send all audio (phone and music) to your car stereo. What’s even better (and the big part of this tip) is the Storm microphone is enhanced when using the headset jack to answer calls.

    4) When call comes in (or you place a call out) answer the phone with the green phone button (as you normally would). You may need to press the soft-button for “Headset” which will send the phone call to your car speakers instead of the Storm handset (or speakerphone). The microphone will pick up your voice even if you leave the phone in a cradle or cup holder. It will also filter out most of the engine noise.

    I have been doing this for over a month, and callers say my voice is clear and loud. No longer do I need to use a Bluetooth headset when in the car.

    To make it one step better, start using your Storm as your music player while driving. play your music with the BlackBerry Music player plugged into your stereo with the above setting. When a call comes in, your music will pause and your call will come through. Once the call is ended, the music will resume. Works like a charm.

    Try it, let me know what you think.

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