Motorola V.60 Phone
UPDATE 10/10/2003: Apparently, newer
versions of the V.60 finally provide full-duplex operation!
See this link: http://commerce.motorola.com/consumer/QWhtml/proinstall_compat.html
I've not yet tried it myself so I can't
say for sure if or how well it works. I think my phone may have a little
"accident" soon, and then I should know better.
UPDATE 4/20/2003: I've given up
on an update to fix the full-duplex operation for the V.60. Still no
joy and I'm tired of bothering with it. Great little phone, but not
in the car. Get a headset - works better anyway. ; )
UPDATE 4/25/2002: The latest upgrade
to the firmware still doesn't work well full duplex. Doesn't matter
how you hook it up or what version you have. I finally got a fairly
senior guy at Verizon to check on this for me directly with Motorola.
He reports that they acknowledge the problem and have no scheduled date
for any fix. Nice phone, but the
hands-free without full duplex operation kinda stinks.
Installed a new Motorola V.60. It's a great
little phone. Nice and small. Weighs about
4 ounces. Great voice and audio quality. Has voice dialing, integrated
PIM/calendar, 400-entry phone book, voice/call recorder, web-capable
on CDMA and GSM networks, etc., etc. Plus, the brushed aluminum case
and carbon fiber insert look great. ; )
Click on these links to play with a simulator
(unfortunately in Spanish only) or to take a look at the manual.
I located the phone forward and close to the wheel where it's easy
to access without reaching and where it minimizes looks away from the
road. It's very easy to flip open/closed
and to operate all functions in this location. Voice dial works great
- hit one button, speak, and away it goes.
It's mounted just left enough of the tape panel so that the flip-up
door can open properly, and close to the dash so that access to the
wiper stalk isn't blocked. It's still a little closer than I'd like
to the stalk, but really not in the way. I'll probably make another
bracket that raises it up and back closer to the center vents.
It's semi-integrated with the phone functions
of the car. Stereo mute works, it displays "Phone" on the
MID when in use; however, I've not (yet) been able to get the audio
working properly through the speakers. When the phone mutes the audio,
it mutes all sound from the speakers, including the sound from the phone.
For the time being, I'm using the Motorola speaker hidden under the
dash to the left side of the passenger's foot well. I think the 97s
with DSP must be wired a little differently than the instructions that
I used. You can find several sets of instructions for basic phone wiring
[Update: For correct muting operation, the DSP phone present
line is Pin 11 on the center console 18-pin connector. It needs to be
jumped to +12 v.]
I used the Motorola professional install
kit (Motorola part number S9610A). Note that early models of this kit
(S9610) appear to have a lot of problems and have been recalled by Motorola.
Apparently, there is a new kit that supposedly provides better full-duplex
speakerphone functions, but it requires an update to the phone firmware
which is not yet avaliable as of last check. The latest version of the
kit is S9563. It and other accessories for the V.60 are available here.
I fashioned a custom bracket along the
lines of the Pro-Fit
brackets by bending a thin steel plate in a stair-step pattern to
fit a mounting point behind the wood trim. The standard Pro-Fit mount
uses a similar location on the other side of the MID requiring a much
longer reach. It's also a little larger than necessary for this phone.
I need to re-bend the bracket so that the trim better aligns. As shown
in the picture, it's up and out a few millimeters higher on the right
side now than it should be. [Update: I've seen another install
that improves the same mounting by removing the swivel - seen in the
picture below where the small nut is located - and mounting the cradle
directly to the bracket. This puts the cradle much closer to the dash
and more out of the way and provides for a more secure mount.)
The control box for the hands-free kit
is mounted in the center console just above plastic tubing for the rear
vent. The box is relatively large and it's a "squish fit,"
but there is enough room. The tube is flexible enough that it will reassemble
properly with the rear vent. This location provides easy access to the
car phone wiring in the console and to the connectors and fuses for
the phone itself. Unless you really tuck the wiring up and away, it
will block proper functioning of the rear cupholders (like they're working
anyway). I've replaced mine with the small storage compartment.
Since I had the appropriate connectors
and tools on hand, I used the RJ-45 connector located in the console.
A male DB25 connector is used to jump the connections at the rear for
the RJ-45. For the correct pinouts, see http://www.bmwtips.org/tipsntricks/cellphonepinout/cell%20rj45pinout.htm.
Note that one of the assignments in the instructions appears to be incorrect.
I believe that the last pinout which is marked from pin 14 to pin 23
(Mic+), actually should be pin 15 to pin 23 (Mic -). Also note that
there are separate instructions and connections if you use the AMP connector
in the console rather than the RJ-45.