Here’s the challenge I, and I’m sure many other Americans, face. I have a nice new iPhone 4 with Bluetooth. My car has Bluetooth. But my car does not support A2DP, the Bluetooth protocol that allows you to wireless stream audio to your speakers. No, each time I want to play something off my phone, I have to plug it into the “aux” jack in the car, and typically that means leaving an awkward audio cable dangling in the car when not in use.
At least, that was the case, until recently.
Behold the Blackberry Stereo Bluetooth Gateway. No, I don’t have a Blackberry. Despite the branding, this little (and I do mean little) box works magic.
Here’s the idea. Instead of your phone, you plug in the gateway into your car’s aux jack. You then use it’s mini-USB jack to connect it to your car’s power (there are many USB car power adapters available, but you’ll need to get the mini-USB cable separately). You pair your iPhone to the device, and you are playing audio wireless. It reconnects each time I’m back in my car, so I never need to plug anything in.
The best part is that it works side by side with my car’s Bluetooth. I can be listening to music from my iPhone while using the gateway. If a call comes in, the music stops, and it switches to the car Bluetooth. Once I hang up, the gateway takes over again, and the music picks up right where it left off.
Probably the only Blackberry I will ever own, but still fantastic.