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I was trying to use the Jabra 210 bluetooth adapter so I could use the Prius Bluetooth as a hands-free speakerphone. I found out (thanks to people in the know) that the Prius doesn't support the bluetooth "Headset" profile, but the deprecated "Hands-free" profile. I voiced my dissatifaction to Toyota. Here is the communications so far:

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 Response (James)	05/12/2005 10:03 AM
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 Customer (Gary Gendel)	05/12/2005 09:57 AM
I agree with you that it may be illegal to drive with headsets in some
states. This is why I wanted to used the Prius instead of a headset
(not the other way around as your reply seems to suggest).

I will relay your response to the Prius user groups that I am a member
of. It is just a shame that you decided to support a protocol that is
no longer in the Bluetooth specs in lieu of the one that is.

Gary

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 Response (James)	05/12/2005 09:14 AM
Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

We appreciate your interest in the Prius.

We apologize; Toyota has not announced plans for a headset capability for the Prius's Bluetooth option. The hands-free capability allows telephone conversation without blocking or otherwise impairing the driver's hearing.

Driving a motor vehicle while wearing a headset may be illegal in some states; you may wish to check with your state's motor vehicle department.

Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters under file #200505120308. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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 Customer (Gary Gendel)	05/11/2005 04:05 PM
I just bought a 2005 Prius with Pkg #6 that includes Bluetooth phone support. I'm trying to use a Jabra 210 adapter with my phone, but discovered that the Prius doesn't support "Headset" profile. Instead it has the "Hands-free" profile, which was deprecated a long time ago (v1.1 of the specification) by the Headset profile.

This was the first time that I was surprised by the lack of state-of-the-art capabilities on this car.

Is there any plans to upgrade the bluetooth software to support the most common protocol? Even though it won't have the nice phone support, it will allow many of us to use the Prius's system instead of headphones.

As a member of PriusChat.com and PriusOnline.com, there are a lot of people anxiously awaiting a favorable response.

Thank you.

Gary Gendel
 

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Bluetooth 1.1 is fast enough for GOOD stereo?

I thought Bluetooth 2.0 moved up past 1Mbps, which maybe begins to be good for stereo. 1.1 is apparently OK for voice, though, and I'll find out first-hand after I get home and open up my Cingular Nokia 6230...
 

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DanMan32 said:
I think they missed what you were asking. It seems they think you want to use a headset with the car.
Ya think? Hopefully when it get's bumped up the chain someone will realize what I'm asking. I probably will have a real bluetooth phone when and if they do respond. I figure it's just another one of those things that makes the car more user friendly for the bluetooth impared. :)
 
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