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Old 12-04-2008, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 740Li Car Phone

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I recently purchased a 1997 740 that has a "Cellular" phone built in. Is there any retrofit/converter technology available to make the phone usable?

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It may need a custom refit. The cell networks now are the later version of CDMA (code division multi access) or GSM (global system for mobile, at&t only in the US so far).
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you can swap it out for a bluetooth unit like I'm doing!
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Why doesnt the phone work, the BMW phone is GSM.
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^ arn't the old phones analog and the new ones digital?
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^ Mines a stock BM phone 1997 and is gsm with a sim card in.
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Way back when my mom had a 2001 740iL there was a cord but no phone for the handset. This was is 2003 (I think) and they said there was no way to retrofit the system to allow for a newer cell phone. The really bad part was that it cost around $400 to get it removed!
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I have an E36 sedan with a factory cellular phone, what have people done with theirs as it is useless?
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