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Old 07-22-2007, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Music through BT Headset until 4.2.2 is released

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I wasn't planning on posting this because it would have been useless with the release of 4.2.2 OS for the Pearl and it was looking imminent as discussed in previous threads but because I am sure there are others out there that can benefit from this now I decided to do a quick write-up.

First some disclaimers:

I don't believe this will have any impact on your airtime minutes and minimal impact on your data charges (if you are not on an unlimited plan) but I cannot be responsible if this method causes wierd charges or the disconnect is left open. I am a TMO customer using the Fave5 plan so even if it was racking up minutes I wouldn't notice.

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Now for a few notes:

1. To use this method you will not be able to do other things on your device because it will rely on the device to be in a "transition mode" between connected on a call and disconnected from the call. So it is not perfect but for me when I am doing stuff around the house and want to listen to mp3s (will not work with video I don't think) it is a great solution.

2. I am not sure the quality of sound through this method as I listen to talk podcasts when I am using it and haven't really listened to music, although I have tried to make sure it works but have not listened intently for sound quality.

3. I don't know what this will do on Stereo BT Headphones like the S9 and Spider, etc. I have only tried with basic Motorola BT Headset. Report back if you try it with S9 or others.

Now for the steps:

1. Open Media Player and get it all set up to play the list of songs like you normally would using wired headphones (select the Play All, Play Folder or whatever works best but you will not be able to manually switch songs or even see the song list so make it a good mix for music folder) (Also, you will want to set it up to shuffle, repeat, etc as well at this point). The one thing you can do after you get it all set up is Pause the music because you will be able to switch between pause and play once connected to Bluetooth. Don't hit Stop though, just pause or use the Mute button to pause the music.

2. Turn on your Bluetooth device (if it is not already) and make sure it is connected to the device for making and receiving phone calls. You should see the Bluetooth symbol at the top of the screen with a couple arrows next to it to indicate it is connected. Also, make sure you don't have wired headphones or headsets attached to the device as this will override the Bluetooth functionality.

3. Open your browser and find a website with phone numbers to call on it. If you are in the US you can use the TMobile customer Care number by going to a web page I set up at the following location:

BlackBerry BT MP3 Call Number

4. The phone number should be selectable in your browser. Scroll to the phone number and select click your trackball and you will get a message "Call [Number]", Select Call with the Trackball not the green call button and after it is starting to call the number hit the red "End Call" button. You will be left at a screen that says "Do you want to return to the Browser Session".

4. If you elected to pause the music before perfoming steps 3 and 4 you can press your Mute button to resume play and throughout the connection you can use Mute to toggle between "Play" and Pause". At this point you are what I have dubbed the "transition" state and the phone is still transmitting all sound to the Bluetooth device but you are not actually on a call. As soon as you get a call or select "Yes" or "No" or press just about any other key (except Mute) the sound will revert to your speaker.

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I wish I could find the thread that this was mentioned in passing but I could not so if you posted this trick in that thread please identify yourself and Thank You from all that benefited from your trick and this post as well.

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Old 07-23-2007, 01:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you use the aftermarket mediaPlayer from Dollars5 it routes sound to a bluetooth headset without any of the above setup. It just works.
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I agree with John. The software from Dollars5 works great and is well worth the money simply for the reason of being able to play music through BT.
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Yes, Dollars5 can send music to your BT but its in mono not stereo.
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well i appreciate your write up! im just going to wait for 4.2.2
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I am well aware of Dollars5 product and have tested it and all and all it is a good product but has poor support for large files (4-5 hour talk shows, etc). They play fine but fast forward, pause, etc are very quirky. Therefore, I am stuck with the native media player and this work around has been great and thought I would share.

My hats are off to Dollars5 as their product is heading in the right direction but for now the only app that works is the Media application.
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I don't think the Dollars5 media player can transmit to bluetooth before 4.2.2
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Quote:
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I don't think the Dollars5 media player can transmit to bluetooth before 4.2.2
Mine does and my OS is 4.2.164.
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I don't think the Dollars5 media player can transmit to bluetooth before 4.2.2
I believe it only requires 4.2.1
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ah, it may be 4.2.1, I just knew it didn't work on mine. I'm still using 4.2.0.64, which is the current official T-Mobile U.S. version apparently =(
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Does anyone know when 4.2.2 is expected?
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nope noting yet
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Default Blackberry 8830 won't play music

I have a BB 8830 running 4.2.2.x and I cannot get media player to play through my mono Bluetooth headset (Motorola H700).

Based on reading the posts here, it looks like people were anticipating that 4.2.2.x of the BB OS would fix this?

Any suggestions for how to make this work?

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I believe it's necessary to use a 3rd party mediaPlayer like the one from Dollars5.

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I have a BB 8830 running 4.2.2.x and I cannot get media player to play through my mono Bluetooth headset (Motorola H700).

Based on reading the posts here, it looks like people were anticipating that 4.2.2.x of the BB OS would fix this?

Any suggestions for how to make this work?

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Only Stereo BT Headsets should resolve this ... even with your current Firmware.
Why would you want to listen to music in just one ear, when you have 2 perfectly working ones? You're not riding a motorocycle are you? If you are then keep safe and stop listening to music while riding, please.
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I want to be able to listen to podcasts while driving. I would like to use the same earpiece I use for phone calls to also listen to the podcasts.

I know the Dollars5 media player can do this, I was just hoping that the built in Media Player could do the same.
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Seems odd that you can't do that. However, that's the way it is for now.
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Wow Kinda cool. I figured there was some way because sometimes in between switching between apps, internet and phone calls etc. I always for a second will hear the music in my BT.
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Did I just read that you think the stereo BT headets should work, John Clark?
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