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    Default Does Siri work with built in car hands free-how?

    I love Siri. Unlike other folks, it has worked perfectly for me. It is so much easier to type emails, reminders, etc as well as search. So my question is, Can Siri work with a car's built-in Bluetooth hands free command kit thru the car's speakers? If so, how? (I realize for making hands free calls siri is not necessary since the car's command computer does this anyway).
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    Good question. I am right there with you though. Siri is amazing. I have been using it non stop. It really does make life easier, especially for those that use their iPhone for everything like me. It's my life line. Thank you Apple. Siri is genius and I cant wait to see future updates.

    I wish that Siri would read off my texts automatically, thats what I would like to see in an update.
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    Default It seems to access phone book and make hands free calls

    By just playing with Siri in the car, I discovered that if the bluetooth is activated, for Siri will work but you have to hold down the home button. It will not work by placing the phone up to your ear.

    In addition, it only seems to be able to make calls. e.g. "call John Smith." However, the nice thing is that it works with your entire contacts list on the phone. I did not have to download my phone book to the car's nav system ( I do not like this option because others who get access to your car might be able to use your phone book) nor was it limited just to the names I programmed into the car's nav system. I was able to call people who are not stored in the car's nav system.
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    For me it seemed to be working with Bluetooth but sort of hard to tell since the phone also has a microphone. I was able to hold down the home button and the bluetooth interface for the car ('08 Camry) popped up and said "Talking" but it didn't dial anything and then I used Siri to send a text message. Siri's voice was coming from the car's speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    For me it seemed to be working with Bluetooth but sort of hard to tell since the phone also has a microphone. I was able to hold down the home button and the bluetooth interface for the car ('08 Camry) popped up and said "Talking" but it didn't dial anything and then I used Siri to send a text message. Siri's voice was coming from the car's speakers.
    Yes, Siri's voice was delivered thru my car's speakers too but it wouldn't send a text message. Only calls.
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    mine will do all of it in the car.... (2011 Grand Cherokee)

    I have to tap the Siri button on the phone, but otherwise it still does everything and reads it back through the speakers. Too bad it cant tap into the nav, or get activated by the Car (instead of pressing the home button)
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    I have a 2008 range rover sport and mine works fine for calls and texts. Also dictates me really well and doesn't miss any words! I do have to hold down the home button though but that's not bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Static_FX View Post
    mine will do all of it in the car.... (2011 Grand Cherokee)

    I have to tap the Siri button on the phone, but otherwise it still does everything and reads it back through the speakers. Too bad it cant tap into the nav, or get activated by the Car (instead of pressing the home button)
    i figured out it will only make calls with phone held up to ear but when you press the button, it does everything.
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    Works fine with my 09 Cobalt just hit the button say Bluetooth voice and it pops right up!
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    Works great on my 2012 Audi Q5. On a side note streaming Pandora and other apps now works with ios5. 4 did not stream.
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    Great question...I have to give it a try next time I'm in my car 2010 Acura
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    The newer chevys (as previously mentioned) work just fine by using the "bluetooth>voice" command.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Static_FX View Post
    mine will do all of it in the car.... (2011 Grand Cherokee)

    I have to tap the Siri button on the phone, but otherwise it still does everything and reads it back through the speakers. Too bad it cant tap into the nav, or get activated by the Car (instead of pressing the home button)
    My BMW is the same. I have to activate Siri on the phone. I wish there were a way to activate Siri by pressing the voice/phone button on the steering wheel. Instead this activates the car voice control which is awkward and not much help.
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    Default Has anybody tried holding down the call button

    I've been wondering if this would work over a car's bluetooth as well. Unfortunately I am still waiting to get my 4S but I was researching this on other websites. Apple's website states that you can activate Siri over bluetooth by holding down the call button but I don't know if that includes a car kit.

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    How do I ask Siri something?
    To talk to Siri, hold down the Home button on your iPhone 4S. You’ll hear two quick beeps and see “What can I help you with?” on the screen. Just begin speaking. The microphone icon lights up to let you know that Siri hears you talking. Once you’ve started a dialogue with Siri, tap the microphone icon to talk to it again.

    There’s more than one way to talk to Siri. When the screen is on, simply bring iPhone 4S up to your ear. You’ll hear two quick beeps to indicate that Siri is listening to you.

    Siri also works with headphones and Bluetooth headsets. When you’re using headphones with a remote and microphone, you can press and hold the center button to talk to Siri. With a Bluetooth headset, press and hold the call button to bring up Siri.
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    I have a Jabra Freeway in my car and I found that if I hold down the call button on the Bluetooth unit for a second, Siri will fire up without me having to touch the phone! totally awesome!
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    As indicated by the replies above -- depends on the car. Not all BT systems are the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djg21 View Post
    My BMW is the same. I have to activate Siri on the phone. I wish there were a way to activate Siri by pressing the voice/phone button on the steering wheel. Instead this activates the car voice control which is awkward and not much help.
    Im waiting to se when I get the iphone. My droid voice comand only activate threw bluetooth ear peice. the BMW bluetooth olny dail contacts and other BMW commands that have to do with the car.
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    Not a built-in but a no go on activating Siri over a Parrot MKI9100 unit.
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    Works somewhat okay with 2011 Chevy Cruze by pressing the talk button on steering wheel, then using the Bluetooth/voice commands.
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    Siri works fine with a Motorola T505
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    Honda Accord 2008....

    Bluetooth works fine for calls, but Siri does not come from car bluetooth and actually freezes because it seems it tried to connect to bluetooth first...so kinda sucks! Try to use Siri in the car since i'm driving and theres always a start delay of a good 30 to 40 secs from the freezing...
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    Works very well in my car (07 BMW 530xi). The only delay is that after Siri initializes on the phone, the car handles the request as a Bluetooth call, and there is a 2 second lag time. Other than that, if there isn't a ton of background noise, it works.
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    Works fully in my '11 Infinity.
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    Default Re: Does Siri work with built in car hands free-how?

    I'm just getting used to my Jabra, but it looks like you can use "VoiceOver" feature to read texts and emails. I've linked the 'Triple Click' home button to turn "VoiceOver" feature on/off. Then go to txt/email and click on paragraph/words - you may need to hold and scroll ... so that's a bit of a pain..
    (Done in Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility shortcut (at bottom of list) > VoiceOver)

    Also, figured out you can easily send Hands Free text msg by enabling Siri by holding home button, tell Siri to "send message to Jack mobile", dictate msg and command to send

    You may or may not first need to enable phone commands on your Jabra. I did it first time by pushing "Voice" button on Jabra and saying "Phone commands" now it instantly enables Siri voice input.... seems pretty cool so far, I think I'll keep it.

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