How to use Voice Control in your car “Hands Free”

I just remembered this cool trick to be a little safer on the road!

Well… maybe you already know this dear gentle readers, but I think it’s too cool, and until now I’ve taken it for granted and forgotten to share! Bad dog Dave…

Anyway, if you have a recent vehicle with a built-in phone directory, and Bluetooth, you will quite likely be able to take advantage of this trick. We all know we can press the key on our BB10 phones to access Voice Control, but did you know that your car can do that for you via dash or steering wheel controls? Did you ever want to send an email, or a text, or schedule a calendar task whilst driving?

Here’s how…

Your BlackBerry handset understands a particular phone number, and understands that it means to turn on Voice Control. That number is 999 555-1234. All you need to do is access your cars’ telephone number directory, put that number in, and give it a name. Cool! On my 2011 Toyota Venza I named mine “BlackBerry Voice” and all I have to do is press one button on my steering wheel. When the car asks me what I want to do I say “Call BlackBerry Voice”. The car immediately connects me to the BB10 Voice Control and I hear the familiar voice ask me what I’d like to do! Well as you can see, I scheduled an appointment.

VoiceCntrl

Easy Peasy! I’ve also used it to send emails and texts on the go, and in this hectic world of driving with mobile devices we can use all the safety tips we can get! So… if you have a bunch of numbers in the car directory but not this nice 999 555-1234 trick, get out there right now and try it out!

Enjoy, and let us know in the forums if your car can do this…

Canuckvoip

Dave Matthews here. I'm a phone guy by trade supplying VOIP systems for business and industry. BlackBerry devices, playing PRS guitars in my band, golf, and RC flight are my current passions.

  • ray689

    Wow actually did not know that. Great tip.

  • Red Squircle Samurai

    Didn’t know about the phone number. Cool beans locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30 locco_smiley_30

  • MePiikan LzBolaz

    I’ve used this before in previous releases (leaks) and even though it had a couple of bugs, it was really cool. I’m looking forward to testing it fully with the latest “official” OS.

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