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10 Things You Need to Know before Buying Bluetooth Headsets

When you have successfully chosen a good mobile phone from the seemingly endless supply of cell phones, picking a headset can just be as overwhelming. To narrow your choices down, a Bluetooth headset may just be the perfect choice for anyone looking for a hands-free solution. Why, you may ask? Bluetooth headsets offer a convenient wireless connection between the headset and your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. But before grabbing the first Bluetooth headset you see in stores, there are a few things you need to know about the integration of Bluetooth technology in modern mobile headsets.

1. Bluetooth is considered the most misunderstood technology in the wireless age because many people are not familiar of how it works. However, technology experts estimate that more than 50 million Bluetooth devices will launch at the end of 2007.

2. Bluetooth technology works in a simple way. It allows two devices (i.e., your headset and your mobile phone) to communicate with each other by sending data over a low-cost, short-range radio waves.

3. With Bluetooth technology, both devices do not need any wires and cables; they also do not need to be within line of sight. The only requirement for this technology to work is that both your cell phone and headset should be Bluetooth-compatible.

4. Bluetooth technology does not cost a cent, aside from your initial investment with your mobile phone and headset.

5. Bluetooth has a range of 10 meters and up to seven connections with a speed of 1 Mbps is possible at one time.

6. Bluetooth comes in several versions, so you need to consider your mobile phone’s technology when picking out a headset. Make sure your two devices will work with each other smoothly. Most devices in the market work around Bluetooth 1.1, but Bluetooth 2.0 is available with enhancements to the technology, enabling higher connection speeds and higher number of devices.

7. Bluetooth headsets come in two styles – models with a boom and without a boom. This “boom” is an extended microphone, designed to arch towards your mouth. Be aware that Bluetooth headsets with a boom tend to be bulkier than models without booms. However, they are designed to rest behind your ears, giving you a more comfortable experience.

8. Today, Bluetooth headsets without a boom have become more popular because they are compact and offer more design choices. Some headset models are designed to fit directly into your ear, instead of just resting against the ear. To ensure you are comfortable with a particular model, check several styles to find the right fit.

9. Some Bluetooth headsets available in the market have various features, such as caller ID display. While your mobile phone has caller ID, this feature is a great help when your phone is out of reach. Simply glance over the LCD display of your headset and you’ll know who’s on the line.


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