Et Tu, Bluetooth?

>> Monday, July 26, 2010

As some of you may recall, I have had a bit of history with my car's built-in bluetooth.  If you don't recall, I highly recommend you check out this rant here, because I'm going to presume you already know.  (I mean, I don't want to bore those of you who have read it by recapping; I'd rather tell those of you that haven't read it to just go and get your act together while the rest of us wait.)

Moving on.  I am presuming we are all up to speed now, so if you aren't, then hop to it.

Since I wrote that prior post, I have upgraded my cell phone (but not my car).  Now my cell phone connects automatically to my car, and I actually have to work a little bit to disconnect it.  I am frequently reminded of this fact every time I climb into my car while talking on the phone, and then start the car, at which time whomever I am talking to startles me by talking through my car's speakers.  You would think I'd remember this is going to happen by now, but no.  I seem to be a slow learner.

With the upgraded cell phone and different carrier, I have way fewer dropped calls in the car, and much better call quality.  What hasn't changed, is the ability of my car to understand me when I ask it to "dial a number."  If I say the number, "2-0-2," the car inevitably repeats back, "2-1".   I guess I am not too bothered by this problem, because it has remained unchanged through two phones, and I shouldn't expect much more.

The new phone, however, seems to have been coaxing the car into being somewhat of a comedian, I think.  The car has all the problems in the world hearing which numbers I say from the driver's seat, but it apparently has no issue whatsoever in hearing Toddler in the backseat.  Toddler, in the meantime, has decided that when Mommy or Daddy start talking to the car, he should repeat everything we say.  So, an attempt to dial a call can sound like this:

ME:  Dial by name.
TODDLER:  by name.
CAR:  Dial by name.  Please state the name of the person you wish to dial.
ME:  Aunt Louise.
CAR:  No names match "Aunt Louise Aunt Louise."  Please try again.

or, perhaps, like this:

ME:  Dial by number.
TODDLER:  number!
CAR:  Dial by number.  Please say the number you wish to dial.
ME:  Two, zero, five, six, three
TODDLER:  five, six, three
CAR:  The number you wish to dial is two, six, three, six, three.  Do you wish to add any numbers or go back?
ME:  *sigh* Go back.  Why can you hear him and not me?
CAR:  Pardon?

Somehow, I feel betrayed.


Dazee Dreamer July 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

maybe you should just have toddler do the calling for you :)

Karin Kysilka July 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

I've been trying hard to figure out how to do just that.

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