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TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:15 pm

So finally took the plunge and bought an overpriced gps, a TomTom rider 550. And it never really dawned on me that to use gps and phone features, at the same time, I'd need a dual channel bluetooth headset. I thought the tomtom did something smart with the phone but it doesn't.
Having just a conventional single channel bluetooth headset, I can set up the pairing to either have gps directions but not take calls, or take calls but not Get directions. Be warned.
Does anyone have a dual channel bluetooth headset they would recommend?
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by JRH » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:13 pm

I have a Scala Rider Q1. That pairs to both phone and Garmin SatNav.
The Garmin can also handle phone calls but I haven’t set that up.
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Stu » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:57 am

Pair the phone to the GPS and then headset to the tomtom

Calls are then routed through the tomtom!

Just remember most set ups don't allow calls and GPS directions at the same time! One will always have priority
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:16 am

If you ride a motorcycle whilst simultaneously listening to sat nav directions and holding a phone conversation you're a better man than I am.
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by raesewell » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:31 am

What Stu said. However if you want to listen to music then you will need a dual bluetooth headset. I have the Sens 20S Evo and I am very happy with it's performance. Although I very rarely listen to music whilst riding.
You will have probably already found out that you need the Tomtom MyDrive App for the phone to use the phones data.

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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Stu » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:53 am

raesewell wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:31 am
What Stu said. However if you want to listen to music then you will need a dual bluetooth headset. I have the Sens 20S Evo and I am very happy with it's performance. Although I very rarely listen to music whilst riding.
You will have probably already found out that you need the Tomtom MyDrive App for the phone to use the phones data.
Does TomTom not allow music through the unit? either from the phone or its internal memory?
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by raesewell » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:13 am

Tomtom doesn't have a music player.

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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:11 pm

I don't think you are right @Stu

http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answer ... a_id/25647

" your headset only has one Bluetooth® channel you can pair it with either your RIDER or a Smartphone."

"Pair your Rider. With this configuration it’s not possible to answer incoming calls using your headset.:"

Or

"Pair your Smartphone. With this configuration it’s not possible to hear turn-by-turn instructions through your headset."
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:16 pm

By the way, I can confirm the tomtom instructions are accurate
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Stu » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:17 pm

Beans wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:11 pm
I don't think you are right @Stu

http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answer ... a_id/25647

" your headset only has one Bluetooth® channel you can pair it with either your RIDER or a Smartphone."

"Pair your Rider. With this configuration it’s not possible to answer incoming calls using your headset.:"

Or

"Pair your Smartphone. With this configuration it’s not possible to hear turn-by-turn instructions through your headset."
Well that's shit!

So 2-0 to garmin there!

With the garmin zumo you can pair the zumo to the headset then the phone to the zumo and receive and make calls

Plus music!
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:19 pm

More money for a bluetooth headset with 2 channels that I never knew I needed. Because neither of the options for single channel are really viable.
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by raesewell » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:58 pm

It is only problematic if you want to listen to music, you can get GPS instructions and phone calls on a single channel bluetooth unit.

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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:14 pm

raesewell wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:58 pm
It is only problematic if you want to listen to music, you can get GPS instructions and phone calls on a single channel bluetooth unit.
No you can't', @raesewell, not on the tomtom rider 550. You can get gps instructions in your ear as the GPS is paired to the headset. The phone is paired to the GPS and it doesn't pass calls through to the headset. It tells you on the GPS screen that someone is calling but you cannot take the call on the headset.

I've linked to tomtom telling you(and me) just this and I can confirm it through testing
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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by raesewell » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:17 pm

Have you tried putting your phone on auto answer while on bluetoooth? Some older headsets might not be completely compatible with the 550.
BTW I have a 550 too.

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Re: TomTom needs dual channel bluetooth headset

Post by Beans » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:22 pm

raesewell wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:17 pm
Have you tried putting your phone on auto answer while on bluetoooth? Some older headsets might not be completely compatible with the 550.
BTW I have a 550 too.
I have a Nolan B1.4 headset, this is quite old, single channel but fits my Nolan helmet. I can only suspect that you have a dual channel bluetooth headset as both TomTom and me agree that single channel headsets can be paired up in one of two configurations, neither of which allows full functionality
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