You don’t want to have to fiddle with too many buttons when you’re driving so thankfully BlackBerry has kept the controls to a minimum. In fact, there are just three buttons on the device. The front face of the VM-605 pretty much acts as one large button, used to take or reject calls. On the right-hand side you’ll find the volume rocker switch, while the left-hand side is home to the FM button – but more on this later. There’s also a row of four backlit icons across the front of the device to show you call status, pairing status, battery level and whether the FM function is active. Thankfully, unlike those on some other speakerphones, they don’t flash and so won’t district you while driving.
The scarcity of buttons means the speakerphone is very straightforward to use, however you still have to take a peak at the manual to get a grasp of the multifunction nature of the buttons. Despite this, pairing is very easy to set up. With the speakerphone turned off you simply press and hold the main button until the VM-605 announces ‘pairing’ through its speaker. You then do a search for the VM-605 on your phone and enter the usual Bluetooth passcode of 0000. The speakerphone then announces ‘connected’ to let you know that every thing is A-OK.
After that when your phone and speakerphone become disconnected (for example when you take the phone out of your car for a while) and you want to reconnect them again you simply tap the main button on the speakerphone and then select ‘Yes’ on your BlackBerry to have them re-establish the link. It’s quick and easy.
To make calls you have to rely on your phone’s voice dialling feature. With the Curve 9800 this was pretty straightforward. Just press and hold the front button on the speakerphone until a beep sounds. Then simply call out the name or say the number that you want to call and the phone will respond.
With an incoming call the speakerphone announces ‘call from’ and then proceeds to enunciate the full telephone number – sadly it can’t call out the actual names of contacts stored in your phone. To pick up the call, just tap the main button or just press and hold the button for one second to reject it. Similarly, to mute a call press and hold the volume down button for one second. It’s all pretty simple and easy to remember after several run-throughs.
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