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Old 04-06-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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garmin bluetooth feature (for car, not bike)

I want to get a Garmin for my beautiful, smart, loving wife, whose only flaw is her incredibly, profoundly poor sense of direction.

I've purchased two different standalone bluetooth devices which allow her to use her phone without earpieces-those things that clip to the sunvisor and use their own speaker. Both went back because they were totally useless-inaudible, hissy, clipped, a horror.

Are people happy using their bluetooth Garmin units in this fashion? Can you make or receive a call and converse in an acceptable manner, with adequate noise reduction and reasonably clear reception?
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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What "fashion" do you mean?

I use my Garmin in the car with a wired ear piece because the bluetooth did not sound very good. I don't think that had anything to do with Garmin. The wired thing sounds fine.

My Garmin is connected to the car audio system via an mp3 player jack. I can hear music over the car's sound system, and I can also use the phone this way, like a speaker phone. I can hear other people just fine, but it is noisy when they listen to me. I only use this approach when the wired ear piece is not plugged in.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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I use the Bluetooth phone in my truck with my Zumo 550. Seems to work great. Just use the car mount, no extra pieces.
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:42 PM   #4
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I use my 265 wt Nuvi in this fashion. The speaker is pretty good and as long as the windows aren't down I can carry on a decent conversation.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:53 PM   #5
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I use the bluetooth on my Garmin 550 in the vehicle.... a few people have said it's a little distorted, but if I redial them usually it comes in clearer.
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