Built-in car USB with NO bluetooth... does speakerphone work?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by nagromme, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. nagromme macrumors G5

    nagromme

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    I'm considering buying one of several recent cars that has built-in USB to connect an iPod/iPhone, and control the music from the steering wheel buttons.

    But some of them lack bluetooth... so what about phone calls?

    Will an iPhone connected to USB in a car typically play your calls through the speakers? (My current car's iTrip FM solution does not! It works with Siri but not calls.)

    Mic is not a problem: I already have a dash-mount that puts the iPhone right next to the steering wheel, and people/Siri seem to hear me just fine. Likewise, having a button to answer/hang-up is no biggie: the screen is close to hand. All I need is to be able to hear the call without disconnecting the Lightning-to-USB cord (which of course would enable the iPhone's internal speaker--but that's too quiet for driving anyway).

    I'm hoping the car's stock USB audio is sufficient and I don't need bluetooth. (AND don't need some third-party accessory.)

    TIA!
     
  2. theautopilot macrumors 6502a

    theautopilot

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    All the USB connections I have used in cars, including the current one, play everything except calls (and apple maps navigation for some reason).
     
  3. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5

    nagromme

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    Interesting. My Griffin iTrip plays Apple maps navigation/Siri, and all kinds of music/apps, but doesn't play calls.
     

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