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  1. #1
    me@privacy.net
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    I'm in market for new cell phone..... a smart phone I'm
    sure

    Is it possible to get XM radio thru it?

    And listen to it using a blue tooth headset while phone
    slays in car next to me?



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  2. #2
    AZ Nomad
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    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    On Tue, 06 Jun 2006 08:43:29 -0500, me@privacy.net <me@privacy.net> wrote:


    >I'm in market for new cell phone..... a smart phone I'm
    >sure


    >Is it possible to get XM radio thru it?


    >And listen to it using a blue tooth headset while phone
    >slays in car next to me?


    What you need is a combination cellphone xm radio. Here's how to get one:
    go to an electronics store. Buy a portable XM radio.
    Then duct tape it to your phone.




  3. #3
    me@privacy.net
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    AZ Nomad <aznomad@PmunOgeBOX.com> wrote:

    >What you need is a combination cellphone xm radio. Here's how to get one:
    >go to an electronics store. Buy a portable XM radio.
    >Then duct tape it to your phone.


    So getting sat radio via the cell phone is not optimal
    in your opinion?



  4. #4
    Isaiah Beard
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    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > AZ Nomad <aznomad@PmunOgeBOX.com> wrote:
    >
    >> What you need is a combination cellphone xm radio. Here's how to get one:
    >> go to an electronics store. Buy a portable XM radio.
    >> Then duct tape it to your phone.

    >
    > So getting sat radio via the cell phone is not optimal
    > in your opinion?


    It's not just opinion. XM is not being offered by any wireless carrier
    at the moment. Sprint is currently offering a limited selection of
    Sirius content.

    Even so, I still don't get why people think that turning their cell
    phone into an iPod is such a great idea, or a mini satellite radio
    receiver for that matter. I've tried the converged-device thing
    multiple times already, and I've always ended up coming away from it
    with the same conclusion: you can kludge two devices together into one,
    and that converged device will do all those things VERY poorly. The
    device typically also ends up being rather bulky, awkard, and does it's
    mst important job (being a phone) very awkwardly. Or, you can get the
    discreet devices and have each device do what they do exceptionally well.

    The one thing a cell phone can do really well is something that the
    wireless carriers have up until recently been reluctant to allow it to
    do: interface with other devices and act as a modem. Thankfully Sprint
    has finally figured this out.

    If you want XM radio on the go, get a Pioneer Inno. It's portable, very
    compact, and aside from being able to dock to your car and/or home
    stereo, it gives you the added option to record content and play it back
    later, just like a Tivo. I bought one, and love it.

    If the sticker price ($399) is a little high for you, there are much
    cheaper XM portables out there that do similar things and are simply
    less-flashy. Or you could go on eBay and buy a used MyFi on the cheap.

    --
    E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
    Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.



  5. #5
    Tinman
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    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > I'm in market for new cell phone..... a smart phone I'm
    > sure
    >
    > Is it possible to get XM radio thru it?
    >
    > And listen to it using a blue tooth headset while phone
    > slays in car next to me?


    Not sure about XM channels (doubt it), but I stream music/talk streams
    to my Treo 650 all of the time (Pocket Tunes Deluxe). The Treo 700p, if
    in an EV-DO area, can stream at higher bitrates.

    As far as a stereo Bluetooth headset is concerned, none of the Sprint
    Treos support the profile needed for it out-of-box (the 700p has BT 1.2,
    but no A2DP profile). That said, both the 650 and 700p can somewhat
    support it via a third-party app.

    Keep in mind that A2DP doesn't just reroute sound: it actually
    compresses it in order to get around BT's limited bandwidth. This
    process, on the PDA phone itself, can be CPU intensive--especially if
    the app creating the sound is already CPU intensive. The headset itself
    has a CPU, and decodes the compressed stream before playing it.

    Here is an example of a BT stereo headset solution for the Treo
    650/700p:
    http://www.softick.com/bluetooth-audio/
    (Software to handle A2DP)
    http://mytreo.net/store/product.php?xProd=738
    (BT Headset compatible with the Softick software.)

    The 700w, not (yet?) available from Sprint, been "hacked" to be able to
    utilize A2DP, but I'm not sure it works all that well (yet?). The
    PPC-6700 has been hacked too, which seems to work better than the 700w.
    These hacks do not require third-party software.

    Alternately, there are BT audio dongles that plug into any stereo
    headset jack. The dongle/adapter handles the encoding of sound as well
    as the BT radio transmission, which makes it less of a burden on the PDA
    phone's CPU and battery. Whether or not carrying around a dongle is
    better than just carrying a wired headset is a personal choice:
    "http://mytreo.net/archives/2006/04/stereo-bluetooth-headset-comparison-review-for-treo-650.php"

    Finally, if you don't need a PDA phone Sprint's Fusic (LG LX550) can
    handle music, and includes BT (*with* the A2DP profile enabled right out
    of the box).


    --
    Mike





  6. #6
    me@privacy.net
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    Isaiah Beard <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote:

    >If you want XM radio on the go, get a Pioneer Inno. It's portable, very
    >compact, and aside from being able to dock to your car and/or home
    >stereo, it gives you the added option to record content and play it back
    >later, just like a Tivo. I bought one, and love it.


    Well that would be the device if I do go XM radio

    But I'm getting ready to buy a new smart phone as
    well... Treo 700w

    You still feel the 700w wont make a good device for sat
    radio?



  7. #7
    me@privacy.net
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    "Tinman" <mlynch@REMOVEMEcitlink.net> wrote:

    >Not sure about XM channels (doubt it), but I stream music/talk streams
    >to my Treo 650 all of the time (Pocket Tunes Deluxe). The Treo 700p, if
    >in an EV-DO area, can stream at higher bitrates.


    So you stream them from the Net to your Treo and
    listen?



  8. #8
    me@privacy.net
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    "Tinman" <mlynch@REMOVEMEcitlink.net> wrote:

    >As far as a stereo Bluetooth headset is concerned, none of the Sprint
    >Treos support the profile needed for it out-of-box (the 700p has BT 1.2,
    >but no A2DP profile). That said, both the 650 and 700p can somewhat
    >support it via a third-party app.


    So BT in the Treos is a kludge?

    If yes.... what abt the windows mobile version of smart
    phones such as PPC-6700?

    is that phone a better option for BT use?



  9. #9
    Tinman
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    Isaiah Beard wrote:
    > me@privacy.net wrote:
    >> AZ Nomad <aznomad@PmunOgeBOX.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> What you need is a combination cellphone xm radio. Here's how to
    >>> get one: go to an electronics store. Buy a portable XM radio.
    >>> Then duct tape it to your phone.

    >>
    >> So getting sat radio via the cell phone is not optimal
    >> in your opinion?

    >
    > It's not just opinion. XM is not being offered by any wireless
    > carrier at the moment. Sprint is currently offering a limited
    > selection of
    > Sirius content.
    >
    > Even so, I still don't get why people think that turning their cell
    > phone into an iPod is such a great idea, or a mini satellite radio
    > receiver for that matter.


    You don't have to "get it." The convergent design works just fine for
    the hundreds of thousands--if not millions by now--of Treo owners, not
    to mention the myriad of other smart/PDA phone owners.

    And it's not about turning a cellphone into an iPod. It's about carrying
    one device that can do MANY different things, not just music. Some
    people never use their PDA phone for music. Others do, like myself. And
    I have no problem with using it as such (and much, much, more).

    And, for the record, I have no problem using my Treo as a modem. It does
    the job just as well as my cellphones did. It's also fine as a phone.
    OTOH, none of my cellphones came close to the PDA functionality I have
    with my Treo (that's not even taking multimedia into account).

    Finally, I do stream audio content with my Treo. It might not be sat
    radio, but I have literally hundreds of streams to choose from--and I
    don't have to pay an additional monthly bill to receive them (nor do I
    need a clear view of the sky). That doesn't mean I've turned my Treo
    into a "mini satellite radio receiver." It just means I've chosen to use
    it for this particular functionality, nothing more.


    --
    Mike





  10. #10
    Tinman
    Guest

    Re: Can I get XM radio via my cell phone?

    me@privacy.net wrote:
    > "Tinman" <mlynch@REMOVEMEcitlink.net> wrote:
    >
    >> Not sure about XM channels (doubt it), but I stream music/talk
    >> streams to my Treo 650 all of the time (Pocket Tunes Deluxe). The
    >> Treo 700p, if in an EV-DO area, can stream at higher bitrates.

    >
    > So you stream them from the Net to your Treo and
    > listen?


    Yes, I most certainly do; via Pocket Tunes Deluxe. And this is with a
    Treo 650, which is of course limited to CDMA 1x speeds. While not hi-fi,
    the streams sound fine to me. If I had a 700p (still on the fence about
    it), and in an EV-DO coverage area, I would have an even larger stream
    selection to choose from, as I would be able to select higher bitrate
    feeds.


    --
    Mike





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