Interphone F5 - rider to rider Comms

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  1. DakarMoto

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    Hi has anyone had any experience with the Interphone F5 my intended use is offload rider to rider, my mate and I are entered into a rally it would be useful also for training and trail rides. attend use is less the 1km distance and up to 3-4 riders ? or is there other products that I should be looking at.

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  2. Simplyred

    Simplyred Been here awhile

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    Yes. I would wait just a little and look at the Scala G9 comming out soon. It has tons of rider-to-rider / rider-to-group features that might be interesting for you, and it won't have the deficiencies that the G4 had (small buttons etc etc).
    With regards to the Interphone product: it also offers FM/RDS just as Scala. I wonder if it also sucks that much as the FM/RDS from Scala does. Which makes me believe a lot of this is marketing and will probably disappoint you in some level in daily use. Just as the other brands show.
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  3. Acampao

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    Take a look at the BlueAnt. I'm quite happy with mine, and there is a new stereo model now.
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  4. JetSpeed

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    I've owned the original BlueAnt Interphone and I currently use the BlueAnt Interphone F4, both of the devices have worked as advertised with the primary benefit of upgrading to the F4 being that it supports A2DP stereo so I can listen to music.

    The Interphone F5 is the next generation BlueAnt Interphone device, BlueAnt recently sold it's motorcycle Interphone division to Cellularline in Italy. From what I see the big benefits of the F5 (over the F4) is that it supports Bluetooth 3.0 has the ability accept a 3.5mm plug and has a built-in FM tuner.

    This unit has recently been announced but not yet hit the market (spring release), if you have an F4 and like it but could use any of the additional features then this would probably make a nice upgrade. I'll be getting one.
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  5. ktmrider01

    ktmrider01 l33t rider

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    For US guys: Revzilla has the Interphone F5 listed, but no pricing information. I gave them a ring and they said it has not been released in the US yet, but that they should have finalized pricing soon and expect to see the product arrive by March

    I would also look at the SENA SMH10 units, a lot of folks have had good experience with it
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  6. Iball

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    Can the boom mike be disconnected from the main unit?
    I'd like to be able to listen to music and the GPS however I do not use a phone when I ride or drive, period.
    I like the 3.5mm jack though...been looking for something like this for a while. Currently I use a Chatterbox with the CB bluetooth module hooked up to an iPod Nano. That combo is good for about 10 hours of riding with the only issue being occasional BT re-connectivity after a gas stop.

    Now, about the cell phone thing...
    A key difference in mindsets I saw when I lived in Germany from '95 to '07 between Germans and Americans when it comes to mobile phones is that Americans get a cell phone and think "Wow, I can call all sorts of people now" whereas the Germans think "wow, now all sorts of people can call me."
    Remember that the next time you see an American walk out of their house or apartment and as they're getting into their car they whip out a cell phone and immediately start blabbering and trying to drive at the same time. Why they didn't call that person prior to leaving their abode and concentrating more on driving is beyond me.

    I prefer the German mindset myself.

    I think I'll "upgrade" to one of these F5s when they're released.
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  7. eflyersteve

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    Does the spec sheet pictured above show the intercom distance as 500"? As in 500 inches? Maybe I'm just reading it wrong though, but looks a lot less than 1km.
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  8. Simplyred

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    There are reasons for that though.
    As you probably know, there is no generic maximum speed on German highways, which means that if you are driving (for instance) in the neighborhood of M√ľnchen/Munich you can get passed by by a Porsche driving 260 km/hour. Which is not going to happen on American Highways (as a normal experience that is). So the generic American seems to be quite bored when travelling by car, and he seeks tasks to make his time in the car more "efficient" for instance by blabbering to friends or who knows who. The Germans however must be focussed since traffic can be instantly killing there if you decide to do something else on the Autobahn. Believe me, if Germans would have had "American Style Highways" they would have done the very same and make their time more worthwhile. It is a matter of circumstances more then a matter of nationality I guess.
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  9. Simplyred

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    There is the matter of what manufacturers SAY that the reach of their products is... and then there is daily use reality, which seems to be quite something else. Where Cardo says that it's G4 can reach 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers, daily use reality says something else. You are normally not riding in a labaratory environment, or in the midst of the Sahara Desert I assume.
    So you would be better off taking those figures with sufficient salt....

    Although it must be said that a range of MAXIMUM 1.6 kilometers will probably give you more then a range of MAXIMUM 500 meters.....
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  10. DakarMoto

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    Thanks for your comments helpful.


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  11. DakarMoto

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    Thanks for the update I have used the F4 and it was around 400-500m under off road riding conditions so I guess it's metres


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  12. DakarMoto

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    yes reality very rarely meets marketing hype. Interestingly, I have found out you can add a interphone tribe for up-to 5-7km to the F5 [​IMG]
    http://www.interphoneuk.co.uk/products/interphone-tribe

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  13. DelHess

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    does anyone know if the f5 is compatible with the f4? i see the f4 is selling cheap on fleabay now, and i see an opportunity to snag one. i know guys i ride with are looking at preordering the f5 as a group buy, so i would want it to be compatible.
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  14. Dave.0

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    i've got the F4 and as far as distance, I find they work well as long as you can see the other person - as in if it is flat and wide open they work for a long distance, but get in some windy mountain roads and that distance is much shorter - not sure if that applies to the f5 but it probably does
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  15. cyclebot

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    The F5 does work with the F4 to answer your question, you will get slightly better range due to the increased range the F5 provides.
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  16. Suter

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    Has anyone be able to compare F5 with Sena SMH10 in real life? They both look similar on paper (Sena with v4.0 software) but I'd like to know how it's in real life usage. I'm not sure if Sena v4.0 was released yet, though.

    Sena can be have for a little over half the price of the F5 now, but the main unit seems to be more bulky.

    Also, is there any wind buffeting and wind noise coming from those units?

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  17. Avocet

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    I just got notification that Revzilla has shipped the F5 I pre-ordered a couple of weeks ago. It should arrive on Monday. I'll post my impression as soon as I get a chance to use it a bit. I went with the F5 as opposed to the Sena unit because I had good experience with the original Interphone (I forget what it was called). Also, I like how the Interphones have the microphone boom connected to the left speaker, as opposed to mounted on the bottom of the radio clamped on the side of the helmet. I think this makes it less likely that the microphone boom will get damaged when handling the helmet. It also avoids the needs for contacts between the radio unit and the helmet mount, which seem like a possible reliability issue. Lastly, my Son still has an old Interphone, and I'm thinking the new F5 will be less likely to have problems pairing with it than another manufacturers radio might have.
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  18. owrstrich

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    interphone = full duplex rider passanger intercom...



    just saying...




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  19. greybeard146

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    Loved the F4 - that is, when it worked. Over a period of a few days, one of two units failed to operate: unit 1 could only receive but not send, whilst unit 2 could only send but not receive. It was returned for a full refund. FWIW: I thought the connecting wires were ultra thin, and the mic boom must have been made of something tasty as I reckon my mate must have chewed on it - despite his protests to the contrary.

    Anyway, when it worked, it was brilliant - and not just for the inter-bike natter; as an advisory to upcoming traffic / road problems, it proved a boon...and on one occasion in particular - it probably averted what would have been a terrible t-bone incident by an out of control (intoxicated?) cager - and the twat never even stopped to apologize. :huh

    I've looked at the wires on the F5 and they seem more substantial. I plan to get hooked up for my next trip. DV
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  20. MOBiWan

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    Now even though both the interphone and the Sena systems are blutooth, they cannot connect to each other is that correct.

    So if I have an Interphone setup, and my buddy is running a Sena setup, we will not be able to connect to one another..

    Thanks
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