You might have noticed that the Mountek team likes getting to know our customers. We’re always asking for photos from your road trips—seriously, send us a postcard! -- comments in our blog section, or emails when you have questions about how to best use your nGroove Snap, nGroove Grip or nGroove 6000g.
There’s a reason for that. First, we like figuring out ways to serve you better. And second, Mountek customers tend to be pretty likeable people. We’ve noticed that Mountek fans have some common characteristics—our customers tend to be ahead of the game when it comes to integrating technology with their daily lives, they value safety on the road, and they also have strong opinions about what makes a beautiful, functional product.
You’re also busy, which is why you need your smartphone, GPS unit or other digital device within arm’s reach of your car’s steering wheel. That’s why we designed our car mounts to safely protect and display your device investments when you’re on-the-go. We realize that while you’re driving, you’re also taking phone calls, using GPS to navigate to a new destination, or streaming music to mentally refuel.
If you’re someone who regularly employs Bluetooth technology to stay connected on the road, using the nGroove Snap, nGroove Grip or nGroove 6000g should not interfere with that important connectivity.
Bluetooth technology helps wirelessly link your device with other devices. In your car, Bluetooth helps connect your smartphone, tablet or other electronic device to your car stereo speakers. That way, you can take calls, stream music or connect wirelessly for other reasons while still keeping your hands free for driving. Mountek products are designed to safely display your devices without disrupting Bluetooth connectivity.
However, you might experience Bluetooth disruptions or complications for other reasons. Differences in data transfer speed between your device and your car system can create glitches; while the technology for your phone might have been designed within the last year, it’s possible that your car’s technology is already three or four years old, according to Edmunds.com. Your phone’s software can be routinely updated, but in many cases, the software in your car cannot.
Some auto manufacturers design vehicle Bluetooth systems to accommodate both hands-free phone calls and audio streaming. However, this might require two different digital Bluetooth pairings, not just the single PIN-facilitated pairing that you hoped would do the trick. If you haven’t read your thick-as-a-phone-book car manual, you might never know to digitally search within both your car system and device to create a second pairing for audio. Some newer cars might have systems that take care of this task for you, however.
Additionally, some auto manufacturers intentionally limit Bluetooth capabilities within a car system to facilitate hands-free phone calls only, without the option for audio streaming. Their rationale is that doing so helps reduce distractions while driving. Some car manufacturers and models are known for having glitchier Bluetooth systems than others, unfortunately. We’ve done our own R+D, but we’re not here to name drop. Sorry!
If you’re having consistent problems with Bluetooth connectivity in the car, call your cell phone provider or local car stereo business and explain your situation. Keeping a log of problems when they occur—for example, dropped calls, inferior sound or other annoyances—can help you describe the situation accurately and with detail so that an expert can live-troubleshoot with you. We’re also always happy to help.
OK, you busy bee. We know you’ve got things to do. Ride on—but feel free to post a comment below if you have any Bluetooth tips or experiences to share with the team.