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Old 03-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2012 Sonata. I have been trying to find a compatible Bluetooth phone to pair with my new purchase. Since I already have a cell phone that is NOT compatible or Bluetooth capable, I want a Pre-paid or pay as you go plan and phone.
This is where the trouble begins. I cannot find a compatible and affordable cell phone and plan that works with my Sonata. I DO NOT want to pay an additional $70 or $80 a month just to have a phone for my car. This is not an option! I also do not want to use the standard Bluetooth earpiece set up.
What good is this feature if you can't get a reasonable phone to use with the vehicle?? Though I love the vehicle, I am extremely disappointed about this phone debacle. It was one of the selling points when I bought the vehicle and now I can't seem to make use of the features built in to the car.

I have been to the following 2 sites looking for phones that might work. So far, I have had no luck.
Hyundai Bluetooth Compatibility
http://www.hyundaiusa.com/pdf/List%2....4%20Final.pdf

Is there anyone out there who has any suggestions or positive results with phones that are not on the "approved" list???
Specifically, I am interested in phones and plans that are of the "Pre-paid" or "Pay as you go" type.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading this and trying to help.
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I just bought a 2012 Sonata. I have been trying to find a compatible Bluetooth phone to pair with my new purchase. Since I already have a cell phone that is NOT compatible or Bluetooth capable, I want a Pre-paid or pay as you go plan and phone.
This is where the trouble begins. I cannot find a compatible and affordable cell phone and plan that works with my Sonata. I DO NOT want to pay an additional $70 or $80 a month just to have a phone for my car. This is not an option! I also do not want to use the standard Bluetooth earpiece set up.
What good is this feature if you can't get a reasonable phone to use with the vehicle?? Though I love the vehicle, I am extremely disappointed about this phone debacle. It was one of the selling points when I bought the vehicle and now I can't seem to make use of the features built in to the car.

I have been to the following 2 sites looking for phones that might work. So far, I have had no luck.
Hyundai Bluetooth Compatibility
http://www.hyundaiusa.com/pdf/List%2....4%20Final.pdf

Is there anyone out there who has any suggestions or positive results with phones that are not on the "approved" list???
Specifically, I am interested in phones and plans that are of the "Pre-paid" or "Pay as you go" type.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading this and trying to help.
I have a SamsungGalaxy and it works perfectly!
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That list is WAY behind the times.

We have an iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy II S and an HTC Inspire 4G that all work no problem!
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Who do you use as a wireless carrier? Also, are any of these phones available on a pre-paid or pay as you go plan?
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Sprint Moto-Photon works flawlessly with Bluetooth. Don't trust "the list". Hyundai websites and information are notoriously behind the times. And don't even dream of asking about Blue Link "functionality". It simply doesn't.
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That list is WAY behind the times.

We have an iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy II S and an HTC Inspire 4G that all work no problem!
Those are premium handsets that in order to get at a subsidized price, you have to enter a contract.

The OP wants a prepaid phone.


This is a case of you get what you pay for. Frankly most prepaid phones are basic, off brand junk.



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I use an LG Optimus-M on MetroPCS. It's a mid-level Android phone and doesn't have the horsepower of the higher-end ones, but I've had it almost a year and a half and it's been solid. Bluetooth works great in my '11 for calls, voice dialing, streaming, and GPS.
Plan costs $50/month all-inclusive for unlimited everything, pay-as-you-go with no contract.
This particular phone isn't available from them any more, but they have others.

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Thank you all. This is good information. Don't stop providing ideas. I love it!!!

I understand that pre-paid or pay as you go phones are often not the highest quality phones. However, I really don't need it to do anything more than provide Bluetooth for pairing with my vehicle. (and of course decent call quality along with a minimal amount of dropped calls)

When it comes to cell phone knowledge, I am a newbie at best. The whole cell phone plan system seems to fall beyond my understanding. Voice, Text, Data and a host of other things that I don't even think I really need. They also seem to have charges and fees hidden all over the place. When you talk to a sales person they seem to try to rush you into a plan with a 2 year commitment and hidden expenses.

Anyway, in my simplistic world, I want to pay a single low price or pay for minutes when needed. That way, I do not have to worry about getting a freakishly high bill along the way!! I have been surviving just fine with very basic phones on pay as you go systems (TracFone and Virgin Mobile which are not listed on the Hyundai web site). I know.... I'm cheap, but I already pay for a Comcast home phone and a simple cell phone. Now, with the new vehicle, I would like to use the option of a hands free, voice operated phone for safe driving.

I will definitely look into the Sprint and MetroPCS options mentioned above.

Thanks again!!
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BlueTooth does nor depend on the carrier or anything else. Cheap or not all BlueTooth phones will work.

If you can not connect ask someone to help you, if all else fails buy yourself a large USB stick, like this one

Newegg.com - Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB

You can find it for even less. Upload all your music there, just plug it in and play.
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Comcast for the home line? And you said you don't like hidden excessive fees?! LOL

I'd drop them like a hot rock, get an awesome Android platform mobile, and don't worry about the whole contract issue over much. It really isn't that bad. I believe Sprint still offers unlimited data and possibly minutes as well - and I have to imagine you wouldn't be much different cost-wise from your current Comcast butt ra.....I mean 'plan'.

You can do a lot with a great phone while on the move these days. I know you've been happy with the basic for a while now, but once you get some ideas of what a modern phone can do, I think you might just get hooked! Wireless hands free calling is just the first aspect. Cloud streaming of your digital music collection, navigation, voice memos on the fly, all sorts of stuff is possible, and most of it requires little to no manual input once you're initially set and moving.

Just a thought.
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