I just installed my new Belkin handsfree kit for my iPhone. It's the accessory I have been waiting for! (Got it at the Apple store for $99)
First the motivation and requirements
I use my iPhone a lot and love it. When driving I use the iPod function to listen to music or podcasts through the sound system. When the phone rings the music fades out and I want to be able to talk without holding the phone up to my head.
I have been looking for a handsfree kit since I got my first iPhone a couple years ago but it had to meet these requirements:
Solution: Belkin TuneBase DIrect
I decided to install a cigarette lighter (12V accessory power plug for the politically correct) in the little cubby between the steering column and radio so that the iPhone would sit above the dashboard behind the steering wheel.
For this I needed to install a lighter plug somehow and run power to it. Using the existing 12V plug was silly. The phone hung down around the floor and the speakers interfered with the phone causing feedback.
Tools: Torx bits (T-20, T-25, T-27); soldering gun, 10" or longer extension for Torx bits and handle; drill and 1" bit (or dremel tool)
Parts: Belkin iPhone kit; 16 guage wire; electrical tape; 12V cigarette lighter receptacle
Other: Courage to dismantle my dash; some mechanical and electrical aptitude
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