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A Bluetooth headset that runs on a PC and a Blackberry?

I got this note in from a reader by the name of Richard and wondered if you’ve got some perspective. It’s been a long time since I played around with Bluetooth headsets — the last time I did, every time I switched on the device I felt terrible.

So I’ve stayed away from them and thus, there’s a bit of a blind spot.

Have you got some suggestions:

Hi Ewan, Can you recommed a bluetooth head set that can be used on pc and for my blackberry. also with the feature it can run both systems at the same time. let me know your thoughts. Thanks

Any ideas?

By Ewan

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12 replies on “A Bluetooth headset that runs on a PC and a Blackberry?”

I use the Jabra BT3030. It's an excellent device (although not without a few minor flaws).

It will pair with two devices. So, you can listen to music from your N95 and when a call comes in on your Blackberry, the N95 is paused and you can take the call. When you hang up, the N95 unpauses and you can continue with your music. Pretty smart.

I've used it with my laptop & Blackberry and it does work – make sure your 'berry and Bluetooth are are upgraded to the latest firmware. I've found the BT3030 to be a little temperamental, but then so are all Bluetooth implementations.

Good points:
Has a 3.5mm jack, so you can plug in your own headphones if you want (although the supplied ones are just fine)
Standard USB mini jack for charging. I only use devices which charge via USB – means only carrying one cable.
Cheap – I found mine for about £35.

Bad:
The control buttons on it are a bit unresponsive. But you're not using them to DJ.
The audio occasionally dropped out on my N95 8GB but no other phone – I put this down to Nokia, TBH.

There are a bunch of reviews on Amazon which sum the product up.

Ewan,

Essentially, you want to be looking out for Bluetooth Headsets that feature multipoint, will allow you to pair the headset with two devices at the same time. More details here: http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/2008/08/what-is….

We have a selection here:
http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/cat/Multipoint-Bluet… and TerenceEden's recommendation is on there too.

Then next “feature” I would recommend looking out for is a USB charging cable in box, so keeping the headset charged up would be easy next to the PC/Laptop. Even better would be a headset that charges using the same socket as your BlackBerry. Most are MiniUSB, however the newer BlackBerrys (8900 curve and Storm) are MicroUSB.

If you have a newer BlackBerry, then this Jabra BT530 fits the bill: (Multi-Point and MicroUSB)

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/jabra-bt530-bluetoot… and this features noise reduction technology.

I hope this helps Richard.

Ewan,

Essentially, you want to be looking out for Bluetooth Headsets that feature multipoint, will allow you to pair the headset with two devices at the same time. More details here: http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/2008/08/what-is….

We have a selection here:
http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/cat/Multipoint-Bluet… and TerenceEden's recommendation is on there too.

Then next “feature” I would recommend looking out for is a USB charging cable in box, so keeping the headset charged up would be easy next to the PC/Laptop. Even better would be a headset that charges using the same socket as your BlackBerry. Most are MiniUSB, however the newer BlackBerrys (8900 curve and Storm) are MicroUSB.

If you have a newer BlackBerry, then this Jabra BT530 fits the bill: (Multi-Point and MicroUSB)

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/jabra-bt530-bluetoot… and this features noise reduction technology.

I hope this helps Richard.

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