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After checking out Moto's website, it said that our MPx220 is fully compatible with their new IHF1000 Bluetooth car kit. So I bought one, had it installed, and found that it kind-of worked. It will pair initially, but after the car is turned off, the phone will not re-connect with the car kit. If a call comes in, when the phone is disconnected, it will suddenly go into handsfree mode. I can also force it to connect by trying to make a call. I tried the kit with other non-smartphone Motorola phones, and it works great. Also tried the kit with 3 different MPx220's using both 1.43 and 1.30 ROM - no difference -same problems. Basically Moto was no help, so which kits have others tried that actually work as they are supposed to? I have it working in our OEM Lexus and Audi cars, but need to install a kit in another vehicle.

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After checking out Moto's website, it said that our MPx220 is fully compatible with their new IHF1000 Bluetooth car kit.  So I bought one, had it installed, and found that it kind-of worked.  It will pair initially, but after the car is turned off, the phone will not re-connect with the car kit.  If a call comes in, when the phone is disconnected, it will suddenly go into handsfree mode.  I can also force it to connect by trying to make a call.  I tried the kit with other non-smartphone Motorola phones, and it works great.  Also tried the kit with 3 different MPx220's using both 1.43 and 1.30 ROM - no difference -same problems.  Basically Moto was no help, so which kits have others tried that actually work as they are supposed to?  I have it working in our OEM Lexus and Audi cars, but need to install a kit in another vehicle.

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i have a parrot ck3100 and it works perfekt.

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I've bought HF850 kit today. I will install it tomorrow and let you know if there are any problems. :)

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After checking out Moto's website, it said that our MPx220 is fully compatible with their new IHF1000 Bluetooth car kit.  So I bought one, had it installed, and found that it kind-of worked.  It will pair initially, but after the car is turned off, the phone will not re-connect with the car kit.  If a call comes in, when the phone is disconnected, it will suddenly go into handsfree mode.  I can also force it to connect by trying to make a call.  I tried the kit with other non-smartphone Motorola phones, and it works great.  Also tried the kit with 3 different MPx220's using both 1.43 and 1.30 ROM - no difference -same problems.  Basically Moto was no help, so which kits have others tried that actually work as they are supposed to?  I have it working in our OEM Lexus and Audi cars, but need to install a kit in another vehicle.

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I use a Nokia CK-1W with my MPx 220 and have also tried a CK-7W with no problems

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I just installed a Motorola IHF1000, and I can only connect for 70 sec to 85 sec, before the kit ends the call mid-sentence on my MPx220. No problems with my Nokia 6230.

pedah3, were you able to make calls longer than 90 seconds?

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After checking out Moto's website, it said that our MPx220 is fully compatible with their new IHF1000 Bluetooth car kit.  So I bought one, had it installed, and found that it kind-of worked.  It will pair initially, but after the car is turned off, the phone will not re-connect with the car kit.  If a call comes in, when the phone is disconnected, it will suddenly go into handsfree mode.  I can also force it to connect by trying to make a call.  I tried the kit with other non-smartphone Motorola phones, and it works great.  Also tried the kit with 3 different MPx220's using both 1.43 and 1.30 ROM - no difference -same problems.  Basically Moto was no help, so which kits have others tried that actually work as they are supposed to?  I have it working in our OEM Lexus and Audi cars, but need to install a kit in another vehicle.

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My main problems with the ihf1000 car kit:

1) People I call occasionally complain of the low volume of my voice.

Talking louder doesn't seem to help, but changing the orientation of

where I set the phone might... almost like it is still partially using

the Mic on the mpx220.

2) People I call occasionally cannot hear some words. The entire word

gets cut out.. for example. "How --- are you doing?" -- No static,

nothing.. just dead blank spot. Mic is located drivers side, near the

windshield/drivers window on the side-wall, almost to the ceiling. Have

it oriented per instructions to face me from the front-side. I think

the word thing has something to do with the noise cancellation routine

on the device, but still very odd. Talking louder does not seem to help

at all and the same words get cut out each time you repeat! Very

frustrating. LOL

3) Does not seem to automatically connect with my mpx220 Smartphone.

(Have to manually tell it to connect to make calls) When a call is

received, it seems to automatically connect and route the call properly, however. Ironically, when receiving the first call, it announces through the speaker "Call Disconnected", then allows me to talk with the person after a short (5 second) delay.

4) After the connection is established (I answer or they answer), nobody can hear me for about 5-7 seconds. This causes them to think that it is a dead line because of the long delay.

5) Sometimes have prolems hanging up the phone and the Call and blue button do not function at all while in calls. This means that you cannot mute or pause the current call to make another for a teleconference.

6) Problems switching the volume from between the phone and the car kit and back. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

7) The voice dialing is horrible. If there is a decent amount of road noise, it doesn't understand any commands. Also, the voice dialing with the phones phonebook does not function at all with Smartphones. The device only stores 20 numbers, of which have to be programmed in manually so they can be recalled by name.

Is anyone else having these experiences? Any thoughts, recommendations?

Anything?

Thanks!

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My main problems with the ihf1000 car kit:

1) People I call occasionally complain of the low volume of my voice.

Talking louder doesn't seem to help, but changing the orientation of

where I set the phone might... almost like it is still partially using

the Mic on the mpx220.

2) People I call occasionally cannot hear some words. The entire word

gets cut out.. for example. "How --- are you doing?" -- No static,

nothing.. just dead blank spot. Mic is located drivers side, near the

windshield/drivers window on the side-wall, almost to the ceiling. Have

it oriented per instructions to face me from the front-side. I think

the word thing has something to do with the noise cancellation routine

on the device, but still very odd. Talking louder does not seem to help

at all and the same words get cut out each time you repeat! Very

frustrating. LOL

3) Does not seem to automatically connect with my mpx220 Smartphone.

(Have to manually tell it to connect to make calls) When a call is

received, it seems to automatically connect and route the call properly, however. Ironically, when receiving the first call, it announces through the speaker "Call Disconnected", then allows me to talk with the person after a short (5 second) delay.

4) After the connection is established (I answer or they answer), nobody can hear me for about 5-7 seconds. This causes them to think that it is a dead line because of the long delay.

5) Sometimes have prolems hanging up the phone and the Call and blue button do not function at all while in calls. This means that you cannot mute or pause the current call to make another for a teleconference.

6) Problems switching the volume from between the phone and the car kit and back. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

7) The voice dialing is horrible. If there is a decent amount of road noise, it doesn't understand any commands. Also, the voice dialing with the phones phonebook does not function at all with Smartphones. The device only stores 20 numbers, of which have to be programmed in manually so they can be recalled by name.

Is anyone else having these experiences? Any thoughts, recommendations?

Anything?

Thanks!

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Woops. Following a review of the IHF1000 kit in Autoexpress magazine who raved about it I have suggested it to a colleague who is now using an MPX220 :oops:

When the kit got ordered an HF800 kit turned up so it was sent back.

When it turns up I will try it out "boxed" and not installed to see what happens with the weird problems being reported.

I personally use a CK-1W kit and have used the CK-7W in a colleagues car and they both work find albeit for some echo the other person you are speaking to receives

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After much resetting & testing (both the MPx220 & the IHF1000), the Motorola IHF1000 is working better with my MPx220. It still works much better with other phones.

If you dial contacts which you've stored on the IHF1000, or if you dial the phone numbers by voice ("Dial 123-456-7890"), everything works fine. However, if you tell the IHF1000 to use one of your MPx220 speed dial numbers ("Speed dial 7"), it hangs up after 75 seconds or so, and it'll stop working. To get it to work again, go to Task Manager, and kill the Bluetooth Pairing task. BTW, it also mixes up speed dial numbers on my Nokia 6230, but otherwise it's fine with the Nokia.

frogger90:

1) The placement of the mic makes a big difference. Mine is on the headliner by the windshield like yours, and no one's complained about the volume. Just make sure it's not too close to the phone or to the speaker, otherwise you may get feedback.

2) You've probably already checked, but make sure your mic wiring is secure at both ends. If you can't hear your callers, then maybe you're in a dead spot for your operator.

3) Auto connect also doesn't work for my MPx220, and I get the "Call Disconnected" message as well sometimes when I answer the phone. When I start my car, I turn Bluetooth on (doesn't have to be discoverable), then I set the IHF1000 device to be handsfree, and it connects. My Nokia connects automatically . . .

4) Fortunately, I haven't encountered this problem -- people hear me right away.

5) Using the phone to disconnect works much better. The blue button doesn't work well for me either. Sometimes, I have to push the red hangup button for a few seconds for it to hangup, but if I push it too long, it unpairs my phone.

6) I gave up between switching from phone to kit . . .

7) Voice dialing by saying the numbers one at a time seems to work better when I'm driving, then using a contacts name or command. Of course, that defeats the phonebook feature . . .

3 other problems:

8) The kit's amp isn't strong enough to drive my car's phone speakers, so I have to use the kit's external speaker.

9) Although it mutes my radio just fine, it takes an extra 3-5 seconds before it releases control back to the radio.

10) And my favorite feature -- by the time it finishes announcing who the caller is, the caller's already in voice mail!

If I had to do it again, I would buy a Parrot kit, or use a different phone.

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Seascape: I never noticed the only 75 sec call then disconnect problem you describe, but then again, I never got the kit working enough to really ever use it. Because I was not able to get the kit to auto-connect, I took the kit out and returned to the shop for a refund. I have a BT kit in my Lexus OEM and it works great with the Mpx220. Every time I start the car the phone/car connect and I am good to go. I am going to try a Parrot kit next. Parrot also has a MUCH better support network. I could actually call and speak to a person who knew what was going on. My calls to Motorola all ended up in "please take the kit to an authorized dealer." Never mind that my authorized dealer was calling and getting the same answer. Again the ihf1000 worked perfectly with what seemed like all other moto phones, just not the mpx.

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After much resetting & testing (both the MPx220 & the IHF1000), the Motorola IHF1000 is working better with my MPx220. It still works much better with other phones.

If you dial contacts which you've stored on the IHF1000, or if you dial the phone numbers by voice ("Dial 123-456-7890"), everything works fine. However, if you tell the IHF1000 to use one of your MPx220 speed dial numbers ("Speed dial 7"), it hangs up after 75 seconds or so, and it'll stop working. To get it to work again, go to Task Manager, and kill the Bluetooth Pairing task. BTW, it also mixes up speed dial numbers on my Nokia 6230, but otherwise it's fine with the Nokia.

frogger90:

1) The placement of the mic makes a big difference. Mine is on the headliner by the windshield like yours, and no one's complained about the volume. Just make sure it's not too close to the phone or to the speaker, otherwise you may get feedback.

2) You've probably already checked, but make sure your mic wiring is secure at both ends. If you can't hear your callers, then maybe you're in a dead spot for your operator.

3) Auto connect also doesn't work for my MPx220, and I get the "Call Disconnected" message as well sometimes when I answer the phone. When I start my car, I turn Bluetooth on (doesn't have to be discoverable), then I set the IHF1000 device to be handsfree, and it connects. My Nokia connects automatically . . .

4) Fortunately, I haven't encountered this problem -- people hear me right away.

5) Using the phone to disconnect works much better. The blue button doesn't work well for me either. Sometimes, I have to push the red hangup button for a few seconds for it to hangup, but if I push it too long, it unpairs my phone.

6) I gave up between switching from phone to kit . . .

7) Voice dialing by saying the numbers one at a time seems to work better when I'm driving, then using a contacts name or command. Of course, that defeats the phonebook feature . . .

3 other problems:

8) The kit's amp isn't strong enough to drive my car's phone speakers, so I have to use the kit's external speaker.

9) Although it mutes my radio just fine, it takes an extra 3-5 seconds before it releases control back to the radio.

10) And my favorite feature -- by the time it finishes announcing who the caller is, the caller's already in voice mail!

If I had to do it again, I would buy a Parrot kit, or use a different phone.

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I found this on Mototola's website IFH1000 FAQs

I'm suprised anything works. Basically if you do not have a Handsfree profile it will not work correctly. Most phones have a headset profile and this will not work properly

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