Mazda’s Hands-Free Bluetooth and a Tracfone
I recently bought a used 2013 Mazda with a middle-of-the-road trim package that includes Bluetooth and a hands-free phone system to be paired with one’s cell phone. There’s a list of compatible carriers and phones on the Mazda website, and it did not include Tracfone or my specific phone, an LG 306G, which is not a smartphone.
Because someone, somewhere, in a forum, had simply stated that they’d paired their Tracfone successfully to a Mazda, I decided to give it a try. I followed the instructions in the owner’s manual, and tinkered with the phone’s Bluetooth settings. It paired readily and works great with the Mazda system and its voice commands. Very nice.
Before pairing the phone, set your own PIN into the Mazda system using the voice commands. It can be anything you want. Default is 0000. Then turn on phone’s Bluetooth and select “search new device.” When the Mazda is found, the phone will ask for the PIN. Enter the default if you’ve not already programmed a personal PIN in the car.
No reason not to give any Bluetooth equipped phone a try with the Mazda hands-free system.
I don’t normally post this kind of stuff on my blog, but thought it might be helpful information for others hoping to pair a not-mainstream carrier and phone with a Mazda.