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Anyone using HTC Hero with Bluetooth?

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Audio and Electronics' started by jayvee, Oct 30, 2009.

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  1. jayvee

    jayvee Member

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    Just wondering if anyone is using the HTC Hero Android phone (Sprint) with their 2010 w/NAV?

    I need to upgrade my phone and the HTC Hero looks like a better choice than the iPhone with its poor AT&T coverage and support, and better than the Palm Pre.

    If you have the Hero, any bluetooth pairing, phone contacts, bluetooth audio, etc. issues?
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    swich2mac Go Hard or Go Home!

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    I am but there is one MAJOR issue with it and that is that it WILL NOT transfer contacts to the car! :(
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    Thanks for the reply!

    The contacts thing is not so big a deal for me - I don't have hundreds of contacts on my phone, so it's not a big deal to do a one-time manual entry.

    My existing Samsung has the same problem, but I was still able to transfer them one at a time.

    Again, thanks!
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    I did end up getting the HTC Hero. It works great, except for the contacts transfer, as you indicated. Maybe they'll fix that in the next firmware. Android 2.0 is due out very soon, and the Hero is supposed to get it.
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    I have a G1 and have transferred contacts. You have to export your contacts to a VCF file then transfer the file to the car via the Bluetooth File Transfer app. Works like a charm
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    What vcf and transfer apps are you using?

    I have tried this, but I can't get it to work.
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    I created vcf from gmail on the computer and them moved the file to the phone and used the Bluetooth file transfer app on the phone
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    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, Bluetooth File Transfer will not work on the (Sprint) HTC Hero. Tried every way I could think of - that app just won't run on that phone.
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    Does it not run at all or are you having trouble getting it to transfer. It is not very intutive, took me a minute to realize how to use it.
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  11. jayvee

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    Thanks - that link got me started. I was finally able to do it - but it's not real simple.

    Here's the method I used (I see no reason this wouldn't work with other phones as well):

    1. Pair the phone with the NAV, as normal.

    2. Pair the Laptop with the NAV as another "Hands-Free Unit" (by by adding it as another "phone", in the NAV's settings). I used the normal Windows "My Bluetooth Places" to do this.

    3. Once you have paired the laptop, you need to change its Bluetooth configuration in Windows to enable the "OBEX Object Push" service. Once you do this, you will see two entries for "Car Multimedia" in the "My Bluetooth Places" screen: One for "Hands-Free Unit", and one for "OBEX Object Push".

    4. Create a .vcf file containing all of your contacts. You can do this a number of ways. I did this on the phone, using an Android app called VCardIO from the Android Market - but you can create one from Outlook or other apps as well. You then need to have this vcf file on your laptop (I transferred mine from the phone's SD card, through USB.)

    5. Re-connect your phone (NOT the laptop) to the NAV unit. You need to do this, because the NAV unit's contact lists are phone-specific. Even though you'll be using the laptop for the transfer, you have to start out with the phone connected.

    6. Select the "Contacts" button on the NAV - it will ask you if you want to transfer contacts. Select yes. At this point your phone will disconnect. That's OK - don't worry. It needs to disconnect the phone to switch to the "OBEX Push" function to accept the contacts.

    7. On your laptop, right click the little bluetooth icon on the bottom right of the task bar. Select "Quick Connect" > "Send Business Card".

    8. In the window that comes up, select "Show All Devices" from the drop-down menu. "Car Multimedia" should be displayed. Select it and click "Next".
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    9. Your laptop will pair with the phone - you may need to select the "OBEX Object Push" service.

    You will now select the .vcf file you created and want to send, using the "browse" button. Select the file, and then start the transfer.


    Hope this helps people with the Hero and other Android phones. Lots of them coming out now.

    Update: The Android 2.1 update for the Sprint Hero solves this issue - Contacts can now be transferred as a group without the laptop process.
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    I'm having problems with my Hero connecting via Bluetooth. It connects successfully most of the time, but sometimes when I start the car it just doesn't connect. But if I turn the bluetooth on my Hero off and then on it will connect successfully, but it's very annoying. Anybody else have the same problem?
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    I guess with the recent Android 2.1 update to the Sprint HTC Hero, this thread needs to be bumped so here you go.

    I have a 2005 Navigation system, and although the Sprint HTC Hero connects and all handsfree features seem to work, but the contact sync doesn't work. When I send the contact to the Prius, I get the contacts name in the list, but the phone number appears as '|||||||||'. I even tried the Bluetooth File Transfer app in the market, but it didn't even attempt to connect at all.

    Also, one time even though the new 2.1 Hero was connected handsfree, I wasn't getting any audio coming through the Prius speaker. I toggled Bluetooth off/on on the Hero and it was fine again, so it seems to be a bit glitchy too.
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    This was great info!! Thanks.
    The only thing I would add to simplify would be to right click on the file you would like to transfer and use the send to bluetooth option.
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    Well, finally found the trick to the 2.1 Sprint HTC Hero and the 2005 Prius. I had to have the contact's phone number properly formated to transfer it. I had them formated like (xxx) xxx-xxxx, but when I changed the phone number format to just xxxxxxxxxx the Prius displayed the number for the contact. I could only send one number at a time, but it's something.
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    Thanks for your posts, but they really belong in the Gen II forums. The 2.1 update for the Sprint Hero now properly can transfer all contacts, for the Gen III.
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    OMG, I figured out how to transfer all my contacts via Android to the 2005 Prius!!! It's Too bad the old Prius app doesn't read Google exported .csv files now because that would have been nice since the Prius only input the last phone number for any contact with multiple numbers. Anyway, I either have to find another automated way to create a .vcf file in the format that the Prius uses, or I'll just have to manually edit Gmail's .vcf exported file to make it the way the Prius likes it by spitting contacts with multiple numbers into different contacts for each number. I also noticed that using GMail Contacts on the web I can export any group of contacts to a vcf file. So, I created a group called 'Prius Contacts' which I placed only the contacts I want to transfer to the Prius.

    Here are the steps I took;







    So now I just have to get an automated way to re-format Google's vcf file format to what the Prius likes when contacts have multiple numbers. I guess I could just create multiple contacts for each contact and link the contacts together since HTC's People app allows me to do that. But, it's going to be a pain either way. I'm also thinking maybe a vbScript could do it.
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    Glad you had success - but again, you may want to post this in the Gen II forum, not the Gen III (2010) forum.....
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    I tried this method for my Hero with Android 2.1 on my Gen III with no success. My phone contacts would not transfer. Has anyone been successful? If so, did you alter the instructions in anyway?
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    If you're referring to the "laptop" method, that shouldn't be necessary with Android 2.1 on the Sprint Hero - at least it wasn't on mine. When I paired my updated phone, I was able to transfer all contacts immediately from the phone. I wonder if it has something to do with the type ("Group") of contacts you have (Google vs Exchange vs "Phone", etc.). You might try changing a few to a different Group (by editing the contacts on your Hero) and try again. If you've just upgraded to 2.1, you also may want to delete and re-pair your phone. It may "remember" that your old Android OS (1.5) did not have file transfer capability.

    And you do know that transferring contacts is a separate process after pairing, correct? It doesn't do it automatically when you pair a phone. See the NAV manual for the specific procedure.