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Old 03-23-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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DICE media bridge questions

I'm buying my wife an 04 M3 vert and it doesn't have factory bluetooth or satellite radio. The price from BMW to put them in seems a bit high. Actually ridiculous is more like it. I've been reading a bit about the DICE unit. I've been on their website and maybe I missed it but I've got a few questions about installing the unit. I called them and left a message but wanted to hear what actual users had to say about it. I'm fairly handy so installing it isn't an issue.

One, since it's a convertible are there any antennae issues for the satellite radio?

Two, the website only mentions iphones. Does it work with droid phones?

Three, how do you make an outbound call with it? Does the contact list from the phone show up on the radio display? Or do you dial from the phone and then use the handfree?

Four, how well does it work?

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Old 03-26-2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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1) Can't help with the antenna cos we don't have SDARS in the UK. Just like any antenna, especially satellite, a good view of the sky will be beneficial to reception.
2) Yes, as long as they behave like a USB thumb drive. My ZTE doesn't.
3) You must flip to the CDC audio to hear the phone, incoming or outgoing. No the contacts don't show up on incoming and outgoing calls, although that may change in future software versions. Only the incoming caller number is displayed. Yes you dial from the phone. No you can't use the phone or sneezing man steering wheel buttons to answer and end calls.
4) The BT is pretty good actually. Reliably connects and disconnects with the phone in your pocket. It's no Pentium Corei5 2GHz; you need to accept these things are working on a really old system and dragging in many modern features, so be patient with your button presses and screen refresh expectations.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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I have a Droid phone and the Bluetooth calls and audio streaming work fine. If you want to connect the Droid to the MB using the USB connection, all your music files need to be on the phone's memory and not the SD card, the MB only picks up one mounted volume from the phone, and unfortunately it's not the SD card.

As for the steering wheel controls, hitting track up/down will advance/go back a track on the BT streaming (like from WinAmp or Pandora) or playing music from the USB drive/phone memory

With the phone, hitting up arrow will answer a call, down arrow will hang up (have to hold them down for a second, not just a quick tap)

Scrolling through mp3 files on a mounted volume (phone or USB drive) is painfully slow, the MB doesn't create its own content data base, but instead reads off the USB drive each time. Also, your music is presented based on file directory structure (i.e. can't play music by genre).

Overall, it's not a bad solution, but functionally, I like Parrot's BT/Music solution better, just a shame doesn't integrate with the BMW steering wheel controls or head unit display. If you don't mind another screen and remote control, I'd opt for Parrot over Dice...
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very useful inof zanth119 Thanks!
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