That's a reference to the semi-compatibility of the Bluetooth connection between my phone, a Treo 650, and my new Prius. It took a workaround simply to get the car and phone to recognize each other at all.
Naturally, neither PalmOne nor Toyota has thought to prominently tell customers about this on the part of their websites they produce themselves. No print publication would dream of looking at something so obscure, of course. The companies are letting the customers do their own reporting.
I'm hoping to find help for my next problem -- getting the now-paired phone and car to truly communicate as they should. I've been unable to upload my phone's address book into the Prius computer -- well, it uploads but most of the numbers don't display properly on the car's screen. Apparently if there's a dash (-) or parenthesis in the number that chokes the Prius database software. Idiotic. Other phones seem to work.
Yes, this stuff is still fairly new. But PalmOne's adherence to Bluetooth standards that other phone makers seem to understand well enough is leaving something to be desired.
The car, meanwhile, is quirky. I manually punched in some "one-button" phone numbers -- the car won't let you dial entire phone numbers via the built-in screen while it's moving -- but when the car is moving it also hides the numbers in the one-touch screen. You have to memorize what the one-touch numbers are (which isn't that hard for a couple but gets difficult for lots of them). I've found nothing online about this problem.
Once, we rode around in buggies. Now, what we ride around in is buggy.