stumbledotcom wrote:The snap-in adaptors are out-dated technology at this point. They were an attempt to standardize the phone/car interface. The notion was that a new phone would only require a new snap-in adaptor. But time has proven that bluetooth and/or a standard USB port that works with your phone's included cable makes more sense.
Well here in europe we now have universal snap in adapters (http://www.baum-bmwshop24.de/BMW-Snap-i ... ersal.html
You can get one with a microUSB or lightning connector. Though the MicroUSB one will work fine with iOS devices using the MicroUSB to lightning adapter that Apple also only sells in europe (http://www.apple.com/ie/shop/product/MD ... sb-adapter
The antenna coupling using the external antenna on the car is the main advantage of the snap-in. I use a universal snap in adapter with a Category 4 LTE hotspot (which is faster than BMW's Category 3 that they charge €1,000 for) and thanks to the external antenna it keeps a solid 150mbit LTE connection on the motorway serving all the devices in the car.