Does your FM transmitter put calls through your speakers?

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  1. lindsayanng macrumors 68000

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    I was told by the guys at jwin that unless you're fm transmitter plugs into your headphone jack (which most do not) then you will NOT be able to hear calls come through your speakers via FM transmitter. Is this true?

    Does anyone have an fm transmitter that will allow you to listen to calls through your speakers as well? Kind of like when you are listening to your music through earphones?
     
  2. applehappy macrumors regular

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    TuneCast® Auto with ClearScan for iPhone and iPod, http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=404646
    I have this and it works great. It puts the ringtone over the speakers, but NOT the call.
     
  3. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ok.. Thats NOT what i want. Having the ringtone go through teh speakers is hardly my issue. I REALLY need to be able to hear my calls. I have a slightly loud car, and since the bluetooth thing just DOES NOT work, then there is no other option than to have the calls go through the speakers, or use a headset. I HATE HEADSETS
     
  4. applehappy macrumors regular

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    I remember seeing a few posts that people could bluetooth successfully with OEM systems on BMW's or something, but other than that, you are stuck with plugging in your earbuds. I agree, it would be great to integrate easily with a car stereo. Not sure why there are some products out there for this.
     
  5. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

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    You can get transmitters that work over the headphone port. This will let you hear calls, but you will still need to hold the phone to your mouth for the mic to pick up your voice.
     
  6. aveda6 macrumors newbie

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    FM transmitter

    To the original poster, I had a similar issue as I was trying to find an FM Transmitter that worked through my speakers. After much effort I found the motorokr T-505 to be (part) of my solution. The T-505 will handle the calls through the speakers and it has a mic on the unit that allows for other people to hear you. The unit is rechargeable and sits on your visor. What this unit won't do is play music straight from your iphone (due to the way the iphone handles mp3s). To fix this issue (as I really wanted both the wireless phone and the music) I purchased a sony ipod bluetooth transmitter that connects to the bottom dock of the iphone. The motorokr can accept multiple bluetooth signals so it is able to play the music and then when a call comes in, the music pauses until the call ends. I really like how it works but it may be a bit more expensive an option as it was ~$120 for the rockr and ~$55 for the bluetooth.

    There was also a bluetooth adapter that was rechargeable and plugged directly into the headphone jack. The benefit would have been that I could charge the iphone while driving, but then I would have to remember to charge the bluetooth device. In the current setup i leave the rockr plugged in and only have to charge the phone.
     
  7. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.daydeal.com/product.php?productid=20669

    That might work? I don't know exactly how bad the bluetooth is on the iPhone thought so it might not. Research it more.

    Haha sorry I was away and left the reply window open, it's the same thing as the above poster reccomended.
     
  8. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That wont work as it supports A2DP and the iphone does not. So that is not a possibility. I guess iw as under the impression that all FM transmitters put ALL sound that comes from your iphone through you speakers. I guess i was wrong.

    I will have to do more research on headphone jack fm transmitters. Obviously music comes out of the headphone jack.. so if there was a charger/holder that had an fm transmitter that you attach to the headphone jack, i would be golden.

    Also, there is no real need to hold the phone up to your mouth, i found that people could hear me just fine without having to hold it close.
     
  9. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    Did you even read the post above mine? The guy posted that it works for him?
     
  10. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You want to tell me where? because one guy was talking about OEM BMW cars systems. The other guy was talking about some system that he integrated. I have a simple question, and so far, i have heard that you CAN do it if there is an fm transmitter that goes out of your headphone jack, but i would like to know if anyone actually has one, where i can get one, and how well does it work..
     
  11. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    This stereo is only $300 and it rocks, go get it INSTALLED TODAY!!!!

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Products/CarAudioVideo/Source/CD-Players/Premier/DEH-P700BT

    I have it in my car, and it's awesome. The Bluetooth sounds great, and when you are listening to music, it automatically pauses when the phone rings. You simply press the volume button to answer the call and it plays through your car speakers.

    The only quirk I have seen is if you're using Pandora, Last.FM, or any other 3rd party app and you get a call, you'll have to re-launch it again afterwards, but if you're using the ipod, it works great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My favorite function is the shuffle music button, you just press it, and it shuffles all the music on the ipod of your phone, a quick easy way to start shuffling all your tracks!!!!!!!!
     
  12. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    Does this also charge the iPhone 3G? The description says it comes with a USB cable for the iPod.
     
  13. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    I have a fm transmitter which plugs into the lighter socket and I use a cable which plugs into the headphone socket. It definetly put the call and ring tone throgh the speakers and the
    iPhone was on the centre console and the caller could hear me just fine. Honestly it was brilliant .

    I love my iPhone
     
  14. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can you please share with us what [product this was and where you got it? Its great that it worked fro you, but i havent been able to find one like that/

    As for getting a car stereo, thanks for the helpful hint, i never thought of that. Ok, enough with the sarcasm on my end. I'm NOT going to spend $300 on a stereo for a car that i will be selling in a month.
     
  15. chadamorrill macrumors 6502

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    FM Direct Adapter

    You need something like this:

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    You have to solder it into your car stereo's power cable, then plug the antenna from the stereo to the IN jack, then complete the connection OUT to the actual antenna. Then tie a 3.5mm jack from RCA outs on the unit into your iPhone. Voila. I don't have that EXACT model, but one using the same concept, and I must say, it's pretty good. And it's cheaper than buying a new stereo with an audio input jack (although I may go there eventually).
     
  16. Bodah macrumors regular

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    This is my current setup, but it will probably change.

    http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PartDetail.aspx?q=p:10504024
    I bought it for my nano over a year ago. The dock connector does not work at all with the iphone 3g.

    I use a 3.5mm male to male cable to connect the phone to the transmitter
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=10218&cs_id=1021802&p_id=644&seq=1&format=2

    It puts the calls through the stereo, but there is no microphone, so you still have to hold the phone up a little bit so people on the other end can hear.


    I will probably eventually move to this so I can charge the phone too.
    http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PartDetail.aspx?q=p:10506758
     
  17. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ok. again, i am selling this car in a month, and dont want to do anything as far as adding a new stereo or soldering new components into it. It will probably hurt the value of the car.

    As for that set up, i had NO IDEA that some FM transmitters actually have a 35mm input! I will have to see what i can find with that.. unfortunately, the one you linked to will not physically fit into the space where the outlet it. It is actually about 2 inches to right of my ignition key hole, anything with a gooseneck will hit the windsheild wiper lever, and anything like they one you linked to will make it impossible to get the key in and out.

    The perfect setup would be one that would connect to the outlet via a cord and suction to the window or attach to the vent.
     
  18. chadamorrill macrumors 6502

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    What's to hurt? When you go to sell it, then undo the solder, and electrical tape the crap out of the cable. But if you only need the setup for a month, why don't you just suck it up and use a headset? It's not that bad. Patience, grasshopper. ;)
     
  19. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    because it seems silly to spend money on a bluetooth headset, when it SHOULD be about the same price as an fm transmitter, or even CHEAPER. I just think its silly to waste money on something i dont NEED or want. I just wanted a cheap fm trasmitter that would put calls through the speakers. they are likely to be half the price of a bluetooth set. I mean, the guy above posted he had one.. wondering if he was going to come back and tell us WHICH one and where he got it.
     
  20. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    Just FYI, the most recent update to Pandora fixes this problem. When the call is complete, the music should restart automatically.
     
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  22. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    um.. what am i supposed to do with that? where would i put that into? I dont have an aux. plug on my car stereo.
     
  23. chadamorrill macrumors 6502

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    Seriously, if I were you, I'd drop the attitude. We're just trying to help. If you're going to be cranky, just use the stupid headset that came with your phone and SHUT UP.
     
  24. lindsayanng thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ok. first off, the first quote that you quoted was not any attitude. I was pointing out that i think it would be silly to waste money on something like that when i had a specific need in mind and didnt WANT to spend thatmoney

    Secondly, it was a legitimate question. WHAT am i supposed to do with that. WOULD it work without plugging it into anything? because i did already say that i do not have an aux jack.

    and um.. what headset comes with the phone that can let you take calls. If i were you, i would just stop TRYING to help people if you are going to get all pissy when someone either questions your advice or doesnt take it.
     
  25. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    Those little white headphones that came with the iPhone let you receive calls. They have a microphone and a button built into them. Try it!
     

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