Tuesday: 17.January.2006

Bluetooth Wireless Headset for Motorola RAZR Cell Phone

Bought a Bluetooth wireless earpiece for the new cell phone yesterday. Actually, they call it a headset, cuz you can also talk thru it, but it simply clips on your ear.

What's so surprising is that people claim they can hear me good, even tho the speaker sits nowhere near my mouth. The piece is feather-light and comfortable. I hardly notice it there.

Took me a while to configure the earpiece to communicate with the phone. Almost took it back to the sales-guy: "This piece-of-krap you sold me doesn't work."

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But first I broke out the owner's manual (God forbid), and learned everything depends on how long you press the tiny, little button.

In order to place the headset in sync-mode, you have to press the button for a long time .. until the blue light comes on solid. But first the headset must be turned off. Then you have to tell the phone to look for it.

But when it works, it's pretty cool. I was finding it difficult to drive (a standard-shift) and talk on the phone .. especially in town, where much shifting is required (but can be done).

Anyway, I've always fancied hi-tech stuff .. popularized by childhood heroes such as Batman & Dick Tracy (remember his phone wristwatch?)

On the bummer-side, I don't think you can use the actual phone when it's configured to use the Bluetooth headset, even tho the guy at the store said you could. I think you first have to disable the Bluetooth feature in the phone. (Bluetooth is simply a wireless communication protocol.)

So you have to wear the headset all the time (even while not driving). Walking around town with the earpiece is a little much, even for geeks like me. If the phone rings, you have to pull the earpiece out of your pocket to answer .. (or configure the phone to disable Bluetooth). The ability to use either/or would be preferable.

I returned my old RAZR (Cingular, long story) and ended up going with Verizon. They're the "Can you hear me now?" people, and have excellent support. Got the new RAZR, version V3c. The only color they had was gunmetal-gray .. which is cool (dark-gray).

These cell-phone sales people lie about the other companies. They all claim the other providers charge long-distance and roaming charges. The only thing Verizon doesn't have is rollover minutes.

I hear Motorola will soon be coming out with a new phone, called the SLVR (Sliver), which is supposed to be even thinner than the RAZR. Perhaps I should conclude today's entry with a link to Cell Phone Etiquette.

For more info along these lines here's a Google search pre-configured for the query-string: bluetooth wireless headset earpiece motorola razr cell phone





Posted by Rad at January 17, 2006 12:45 PM

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