Belkin TuneBase FM for iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by dinosaur1, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. dinosaur1 macrumors regular

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    I was thinking about using this for my iPhone in my car, I noticed in alot of forums that it is very reliable but it might interfere with the phone calls which for me isn't a big deal because I would generally avoid talking on the phone while driving, what do you guys think?
     
  2. spoonyfork macrumors newbie

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    works reasonably well with iPhone - ymmv

    I wrote a review posted in the Apple store forum for this product at the URL below. I've included my text below as well.

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP...pod/ipod_accessories/car_audio&revw=TQ056LL/A

    I was never able to find any FM transmitter device that stated it would work with the iPhone. Everything I read online said they work but with terrible interference. I decided to try out the Belkin TuneBase FM with ClearScan to see if it would work with my iPhone.

    Out of the box it fit snugly into the cigarette lighter of my 2002 Ford Escape. I used the iPod Touch sleeve and the older iPod backing (square symbol) to create a snug fit for the iPhone. When inserted, the iPhone prompts with a warning that the device isn't designed to work with it and asks to go into "airplane mode", I clicked “no”. I hit the ClearScan button and navigated my stereo to the displayed frequency. I started playing music from the iPhone and it came out loud and clear from the stereo. Success! A short while later I did hear the interference when the iPhone periodically made network connections but it only lasted for a second or two and it was something I could easily ignore. I only remember it occurring perhaps once every 15 minutes or so. I'd rather leave the iPhone set to get texts, phone calls, and use Google Maps while driving then to have it off and not get the interference. I tried the ClearScan a bunch of times because as I drove around the metro Detroit area I would start to hear static. ClearScan wasn't 100% accurate but I eventually got to some clear space. I assumed it would take some time to dial into a sweet spot anyway. There are memory buttons on the TuneBase in case I need more than one sweet spot. Even when the static was at its worse it wasn't that bad. I would prefer no static at all but an AUX jack isn't an easy option for my vehicle and all FM transmitters are bound to run into static in urban areas.

    The TuneBase seems solid enough. It didn't rattle or move around. I could adjust it to a pleasing position on the stalk. Inserting and removing the iPhone isn't difficult. I didn't analyze charging time but it seemed to be working. All in all I'd say it works decently with an iPhone in transmit mode and reasonably accomplishes its task of broadcasting music through the vehicle stereo, but it isn't perfect. I wasn't able to find the perfect device anyway... so this is good enough.
     
  3. vagabondma macrumors newbie

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    I've been using the Tunebase for almost 6 months now and have had good success with it and my ipod nano. But I just upgraded to an iphone and of course i don't have the rest of the brackets anymore. Does anyone have any idea where to obtain new ones from? I don't want to have to but a whole new unit just for the bracket. I've tried calling Belkin but they were not helpful.
     
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  5. tyasa macrumors newbie

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    Belkin Tunecast - can't hear caller

    Hi wondering if anyone can help. I have recently bought this adapter. Music plays with no problem through the radio, when a call comes in the music is interrputed but I cannot hear callers. (They can hear me). Any suggestions very welcome.

    Thanks
     

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