Review/Video: BlackBerry Music Gateway with NFC – Installed in a 2011 Ford Escape


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Well it has been just about a week since we received our BlackBerry Music Gateway and we must say we love it!!! Since getting the device, playing music on my home theater has never been easier. Just walking up to the device and tapping my NFC enabled BlackBerry Bold 9900 to let the music start to streaming via Bluetooth right to all of my speakers is great! The BlackBerry Music Gateway is just a tad bit smaller the my Bold 9900 screen so portability of this device is perfect.

The above video shows how the device functions “on the go” meaning that I have set up the device in my 2011 Ford Escape. Now my SUV does have Sync, but my Bold 9900 is not connected to it via Bluetooth through the vehicles Sync system. The Music Gateway comes with a few different ways to connect it to your home theater or vehicle. One way is to use the 3.5mm AUX in the back of the Music Gateway to the 3.5mm jack on your home theater or your vehicles radio. Most newer vehicles come with the 3.5mm AUX jack built in. The other option is to use the RCA to 3.5mm AUX jack. Both of these options are included with the BlackBerry Music Gateway.

Now the only thing you are left with is getting the unit power in your car. Of course if you are at home and hooking it up to your home theater you can just plug the power pack into the wall socket. In this case my Escape has a built in USB port for powering or streaming devices. I also used an old iPhone charger that had a built in USB port to power the BlackBerry Music Gateway both methods worked great!

As you can see in the video I paired my BlackBerry Bold 9900 to the BlackBerry Music Gateway using NFC and Bluetooth to connect, I was able to manually pair my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S2 to the Gateway using Bluetooth without NFC. The Music Gateway works the exact same way in my home theater as it did in the video above. This device gives you so many options from streaming music from Slacker, Pandora, BBM Music to your own playlists on your device. All in all the $49.99 cost of the BlackBerry Music Gateway is right on target. Trust us when we say it is money well spent on a device you will use everyday.

Main features of the BlackBerry Music Gateway include:

  • Simple Connectivity – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway, or connect via standard Bluetooth pairing.
  • Universal Compatibility – Play music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
  • Wireless Freedom: Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume from up to 30 feet.
  • Multitasking: Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended.

Getting music on your BlackBerry has never been easier. Users can sync their personal music library, purchase albums and songs from the BlackBerry Music Store or stream music from the numerous BlackBerry App World™ music apps such as BBM™ Music, Pandora or Slacker, for a rich multimedia experience.

Stock Description:

Experience your music, your way.

Wirelessly play the music on your BlackBerry® smartphone, BlackBerry® Playbook™ tablet, or computer through your home stereo or car stereo using the BlackBerry® Music Gateway. Just plug the BlackBerry Music Gateway into your stereo system, and pair it with your BlackBerry device using Bluetooth connectivity or NFC technology, then fill any room with your music(1,2). It’s really that simple. You’ve got full control over playback, change tracks, volume, and play or pause because your BlackBerry device is your remote control.

1 Smartphone, tablet or device must support A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles
2 Smartphone must support Near Field Communication (NFC) for tap to connect feature.

The BlackBerry Music Gateway is available at for US $49.99.