Driving a truck on long hauls is a dangerous job. You need to keep your focus and pay attention to the road. You also need to communicate and take phone calls. Better to have a good headset to do it. Here is a list of some good headsets that will keep your focus on the road.
The Jabra Evolve 40 is not the nicest headset or anything fancy. It has a nice noise canceling microphone and will plug in via 3.5mm jack. This headset will help block the cabin noise for the person you’re on the phone with but will not block background noise for the user. This is a basic headset to get keep your hands free. On a side note, this headset can also be used with a computer and will connect via USB. It will be handy for use with a computer. Comes with a two year manufacturer’s warranty and tech support click here to buy now
The Plantronics Blackwire 5210 is a nice headset that goes over the head and covers one ear. It has a nice noise canceling microphone and is comfortable. This headset will help block out road noise for the person on the other side of the phone, but will not block out noise for the user. Again it’s nothing fancy but it will keep your hands free. You can also connect this headset to a computer via USB, and it is Microsoft Skype for business certified just in case you want to make some video calls when you are on a long road trip. Comes with a two year manufacturer’s warranty and tech support, click here to buy now
The Jabra EVOLVE 65 UC Mono is another fantastic Bluetooth wireless headset option for the hands free lifestyle. Boasting up to 10 hours of talk time, soft leatherette ear cushions, and an excellent noise cancelling microphone it’s sure to perform well for any application. You will get about 30 ft of wireless range and up to 300 ft wireless range from a PC/Mac with the included usb dongle. This headset is light weight to improve comfort and extend wearing times. Comes with a 1 year warranty and free tech support when purchased from HeadsetPlus.com Click here to buy
The BlueParrott B450-XT has the best advanced noise canceling microphone money can buy, it will block 96% of noise. It has voice control features built in so you can just talk to answer or deny phone calls. It has a programmable button so you can program it to do what you want. It has high def voice quality, and class 1 Bluetooth which is up to 300 feet! Just make sure you’re connecting it to another class 1 Bluetooth device. If you’re connecting it to your cellphone, you are probably going to get around 30 feet of wireless range. It has NFC pairing and 24 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby time. Comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty and tech support click here to buy now
The BlueParrott B550-XT has an extreme rugged noise canceling microphone. It literally is the best you can buy. It will block out 96% of all background noise. From what I hear, truck cabins are pretty loud. This headset has IP54 rating for water and dust protection. It has NFC pairing which makes pairing super duper easy. It has class one Bluetooth, which we learned has 300 feet of wireless range. You must connect it to another device that is class 1. If you connect to a cell phone you’ll probably get a 30 foot wireless range. You get 24 hours of talk time and a big 400 hours of standby time. Comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty and tech support click here to buy now
The BlueParrott C400-XT has the single most advanced noise canceling microphone on the market. You can not buy a headset with a better noise canceling microphone. Go ahead and try, you can not. This microphone will block out 96% of all background noise. The BlueParrott C400-XT has leather or foam ear cushions for your comfort. This headset is IP54 rated which means it is water and dust resistant. Don’t go and throw your headset into a pool or anything. It won’t survive that. This headset has 24 hours of talk time and a big 500 hours of standby time. It has class 1 Bluetooth which is 300 feet of wireless range. Connect this headset to another class 1 Bluetooth enabled device for the full 300 feet of wireless range. If you connect it to a cell phone, you will most likely have 30 feet of wireless range. I’m pretty sure that all cellphones in the good ole United States are class 3 Bluetooth which is only around 30 feet of wireless range. This headset comes with two different wearing styles. You can wear it over your head with a head band or you can wear it behind your neck with a neck band. The choice is yours, and yours alone. Comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty and tech support click here to buy now
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This headset by Jabra is a great headset if you’re on a budget. It is a decent headset to travel with because you don’t have to worry about charging it. It will connect to either a USB device or a cellphone (via 3.5mm). It’s pretty light and comfortable but doesn’t offer much else other that a nice noise canceling microphone. It doesn’t have any noise canceling in the ears but the dual earphones will help block some background noise. It has Hi-Fi wideband sound. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
The Blackwire 5220 is a another good travel headset that you don’t have to worry about charging while traveling. It goes over your head with a headband and covers both of your ears. You can use this headset with 2 devices, a USB and a device with a 3.5mm jack. It has a nice noise canceling microphone, HD audio quality, and volume controls built into the wire. It is certified for Microsoft Skype and hearing aid (telecoil) compatible. Comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
The Blackwire 7225 headset is a more advanced version of the Blackwire 5225. You’ll have Hi-fi stereo when listening to music, and a dynamic equalizer that automatically adjusts equalizer settings between calls and music. The best part of this headset is that it has active noise canceling in the earphones and excellent noise canceling mic. This is a pretty unique headset, almost all headsets that have active noise canceling are wireless. If you’re in a louder environment or don’t like noise when traveling get this headset. Click here to buy now.
The Evolve 65 Stereo is a good Bluetooth headset. You can connect it to two devices. It will connect to a USB device and pair with a cell phone or tablet. It has good HD audio and a nice noise canceling microphone. It is very comfortable and covers both ears. You get about 10 hours of talk time and 100 ft wireless range from USB dongle. If you’re looking to buy this headset, I’d recommend spending a little more and getting the Evolve 75 Stereo for the active noise canceling. Very simple to setup and use, comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
Jabra EVOLVE 75 UC Stereo Bluetooth USB Headset => Staff Favorite
I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the Jabra Engage 75 Stereo. It will connect to one USB device and a Bluetooth device simultaneously. It has great sound quality when listening to music or when you’re on a phone call. It has Active noise canceling in the ear phones that can be toggled on and off, and a fantastic noise canceling microphone. Considering all the great features it has, it’s still very comfortable to wear. It’s very easy to setup and configure. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
This headset is a one of the newer Bluetooth headsets on the market. It’s comparable to the Evolve 65 Stereo but much newer. It is certified for Microsoft Skype and has Amazon Alexa built-in. You have good audio quality and a nice noise canceling microphone for when you’re on a call. You will have great call quality and about 12 hours talk time. The only thing lacking about this headset is that it doesn’t have active noise canceling in the earphones. If it’s in the budget try to go for the Voyager Focus with the active noise canceling. It Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty Click here to buy now.
The Plantronics Voyager Focus is the direct competitor of the Evolve 75 Stereo. This is another very nice headset. You have Hi-Fi stereo sound and HD voice. It goes over the head and covers both ears. It has active noise canceling in the earphones and great noise canceling microphone. You get around 12 hours talk time and 150ft wireless range from Bluetooth dongle. If you travel a lot and just want to block out the world, this headset will do the job. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty, Click here to buy now.
All of the headsets mentioned in this article can be used for a variety of situations. Their prices vary based on what your specific needs may be. There are also a ton of smaller features these headsets include, you can click their links and read more about them in detail. I would recommend all of these headsets for specific needs. They are all great products. If you’re looking to buy one of these headsets, you can send me an email or give me a call.
As you are aware, the venerable 3.5 mm headphone jack so commonly found on cell phones, tablets and laptops is getting axed in a slow but steady pace. This transition started with the iPhone killing the 3.5 mm for the Lightening , HTC with their newest phones, Google with its Pixel2 and 2XL , among others in order to have a more compact and slim design.
The 3.5 mm transfers stereo analog audio out of the socket, which means that all the “magic” of nice sound will be credited to the same phone, on the other hand USB-C transmits the digital audio data over the same headsets instead.
With this being said, here are the best USB-C headphones you can get on the market today:
The Engage 50 Stereo headphone is one of my favorites thanks to its 3 microphone noise canceling, Intelligent Volume Control, slim design and built in busy lights. So easy to adjust over the head, and Skype for Business Certified make this one of the easiest headsets to use on the market. Click HERE to know more about it.
The Jabra Engage 50 Mono, is as good as the big brother the Engage 50 Stereo, mainly for not so noisy working environment, built in busy light, adjustable boom arm with the nice 3 microphone noise canceling system making it one of the best, easy to use and adjustable with an extraordinary lightweight of 61g. You can learn more of the Jabra Engage 50 Mono HERE.
Plantronics enters the USB-C Market with the Blackwire 5220 USB-C, a nice stereo headset with USB-C plug in, plus the 3.5 mm jack, meaning you can use it on almost any device that you can imagine. Leatherette, fold able ear cushions add a really nice value to he 5220 USB-C when you need to take it with you. Superb voice alerts that can be personally customized by user. Order yours HERE.
The Blackwire 5210 USB-C Mono comes with the USB-C and the 3.5mm that allows you to work on any variety of mobile phones. One-touch call answer/end, volume +/- and mute adds a nice touch to the amazing sound quality of this headset. The Plantronics Dynamic Mute Alert is an amazing feature that warns you in case you try to talk on the microphone but you are muted. More information in HERE.
The latest addition to the USB-C corded headsets is the Plantronics Blackwire 7225 USB-C , this is the first USB-C corded headset with Active Noise Canceling, which I recommend specially in really loud environment and if you want to keep focus without distractions. This headset has not 1 but 4 built-in microphones into the ear cups, which makes it a perfect companion for your smart phone or tablet on the go. Has a built-in busy light into the USB-C port that allows you to show when are you in a call or available, the volume control, mute, play and stop controls are located in the right side of the headset. If you need to make more settings and take your headset to the max, use the Plantronics HUB suite and unleash the maximum potential of this unit.
The latest addition from Plantronics on the USB-C wireless headsets, The Plantronics Voyager 8200 USB-C comes with a nice well design for travelers, with Active Noise Canceling, boom less microphone, audio controls built in to the ear cups, nice leatherette earcushions that cover the ears , adjustable headband for comfort while traveling and a nice range thanks to the USB-C dongle that comes with it, making it the best headset for travelers who want the best performance. You can order yours HERE.
With this Plantronics USB-A to USB-C adapter you can use any Plantronics regular USB-A headset into a USB-C in your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop. This adapter works with wired and wireless headsets. Get yours HERE today.
This year Apple launched 3 new iPhones , and if you are as excited as I am about this. Your next question on mind is “Which headset should I get for my brand new iPhone that would allow me to make it more productive?” For this answer I took the liberty of analyzing a couple of headsets that can help on getting the more of your new iPhone. Main brands will be analyzing will be Plantronics and Jabra, two well know names in the industry and dedicated on bringing the best active and passive noise canceling on productivity headsets.
Jabra have done their homework with the EVOLVE 75, this handset has Active Noise canceling speakers, which eliminate the background noise for listening. microphone boom arm that can be clipped on the headband when you use it for music only. It has 100 ft. range using the USB Bluetooth dongle that comes with, amazingly it gives you up to 15 hours of battery life when fully charged after 3 hours. My favorite part of the EVOLVE 75 would be the docking station that comes with, making it easy to set up, plug, charge, and use with a very clean and neat style. Another benefit of the EVOLVE 75 would be the compatibility with most of soft phones and virtually compatible with any desktop, laptop either PC or Mac. You can read more about the Evolve 75 HERE
Plantronics give us the Voyager Focus which is an amazing headset with 15 hours of music streaming, or 12 hours of talking time. Active noise cancelling technology that helps blocking out distracting sounds. The Voyager Focus comes with an amazing feature of answering calls by simply putting the headset, mute a call by just taking it off, same as with pause/resume music. Comes with a nice charging station that paired to the USB Bluetooth dongle that comes with can give you a range up to 150 feet on range. Can be used virtually on any Windows or Mac computer, Plantronics Hub is available for both platforms. More details on the Voyager Focus can be found HERE
Jabra give us this option, for people who wants the best quality, but they don’t like to have something too bulky on their head, or simply want to workout while at work. The EVOLVE 75e is a practical behind the neck option, usual earbuds will give you 3-4 hours top on a single charge. Jabra had surpassed this and they give us 14 hour of music time or 13 hour of talk time with barely a 2 hour charge time. Pretty much the same features of the big brother EVOLVE 75 but in a more compact package, amazing integration of Siri with the microphone makes it seamless and easy to use. Included in the box are three sizes of EarGel ear tips and three ear wing sizes to ensure a snug fit. So you can fit it on the most comfortable way you want them. You can order your Evolve 75e HERE
Plantronics has the Voyager 5200 for the “Road Warriors”, people that are always on the move and they need a reliable and ergonomic headset. The Voyager 5200 has the WindSmart technology, that as its name says, clears the audio in the microphone in windy days. 7 hours of talk time is standard, or can get up to 9 days on standby. Best of this headset is the “whispered alerts” that gives you Caller ID when a call comes in, you can just say “answer” or “ignore” without taking your cell phone out of your pocket. Compatible with any laptop/desktop on Windows/Mac OS. Click HERE for more details on the Voyager 5200.
Voyager Legend comes with a nice P2i technology, which is a nano-coating that protects the headset against sweat and moisture damage for the people that are always moving around. Voyager Legend will give you 7 hours of talk time or 11 days of standby with barely 90 minutes of charging, you can use this headset for your soft phone using the Plantronics Hub software available either for Windows or Mac, a nice feature is the integration of the headset battery meter on your iPhone’s screen. The range will not be as amazing as the previous headsets, but its a quiet significant at 33 feet. This headset is already optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010, so you don’t have to worry about firmware updates for that application. To learn more of the Voyager Legend click HERE
The last but not least on my list, Sennheiser give us the MB 660 UC with and amazing noise canceling microphone, Active Noise Canceling Ear Cups, with a battery time of up to 30 hours with one full charge and 15 days of battery on standby. Coming with it the USB dongle so can be used with your computer for soft phone applications. The comfortable ear cups are easily fold able for traveling and can be stowed away in its hard travel case, one of the only wireless headsets int he market with a 2 year warranty, making it a nice contender in my review, The MB 660 UC comes with a 3.5 mm cable so can be used by virtually any device with a headset jack.
More features and details on the Sennheiser MB 660 UC can be found HERE
Smartphones (iPhone, Androids) have become so ubiquitous in our day to day lives that many business and consumers alike have shunned the need for traditional land lines and have decided to forge through life wirelessly. Smart technology has disrupted so many entrenched industries and improved the way we can communicate but sometimes there is no replacing a simple phone call. For those who make and receive dozens of calls each day, a headset is needed in order to maximize the flexibility the smart phone tech has provided us.
Hands down, the most comfortable headset for smart phones, the Plantronics HW540 has comfort and quality built into its DNA. The HW540 is one of the lighter headsets on the market, and boasts all day comfort. The HW540 has the superior sound quality and noise cancellation that Plantronics is renowned for but offers a unique 3-in-1 headset design that allows you to choose your wearing styles. Don’t like how one fits? Switch it to different one. The HW540 is designed for heavy use and the HW540’s laser welded construction and metal joints work together in providing toughness and durability that cannot be matched. Add the Plantronics 3.5mm Smartphone Cable you can use it for almost any smartphone.
The Jabra Evolve 40 Mono is a great mid level headset for your smartphone. It has a 3.5mm jack on it. It goes over the head and covers one ear. It has a nice noise canceling microphone and good sound quality. Has Digital Signal Processing and is the replacement headset for the Jabra Evolve 40 Mono, it does not come with the controller. It comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
The Jabra Evolve 40 Stereo is another great headset. It’s just about identical to the Jabra Evolve 40 Mono, but it covers both ears. It is again, a great mid level corded headset. It has a great noise canceling microphone and nice Hi-Fi wideband frequency response. This headset is the replacement headset for the Jabra Evolve 40 Stereo so it doesn’t come with a controller. Comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Click here to buy now.
The Blackwire 5210 is next step in evolution in the Plantronics Blackwire series. Ergonomically designed, the 5210 is perfect for all-day usage or long conference calls without discomfort. The headband is cushioned metal that provides durability as well as comfort. Connect to many different devices; with a USB/USB-C and 3.5mm connections, the Blackwire 5210 is one of the more versatile headsets on the market. The 5210’s noise cancelling microphone and passive noise reduction technology ensure private phone conversations. The 5210’s PC wideband audio makes it ideal for multi-media or soft phone applications. The 5210 is perfect for your busy workday.
The 5220 Blackwire headset is the perfect headset for work or play. The leatherette cushions keep your ears cool and are meant for all-day use. Answer or end phone calls or adjust the volume from the 5220’s audio control button. The 5220 has foldable ear cushions and is equipped with a carrying case that makes it easy to take with you on the go. The wideband HD audio and digital signal processing technology create lifelike phone conversations. The 5220 has dynamic EQ which automatically adjust audio settings between phone calls or listening to music while also protecting your ears from unexpected spikes in audio. The 5220 was designed for UC applications and soft phones and will work with Avaya, Microsoft Lync, Skype for Business, Cisco, etc.
We are taking a different route here now, with the Jabra Evolve 65 we have now a Bluetooth connection instead of a corded way, which allows the user to detach from tingling cords with the smart phone. The Evolve 65 UC offers a talk time of up to 10 hours in an over the head wearing style headset. Hi-Fi wideband Frequency Response is available, which means that the headset offers the best sound quality, not just for calls but for music as well. Noise canceling microphone with boom arm that can be integrated to the headband when not on a call. Busy light indicator that allows the user to let know when on a call. One of the best options in an entry level style Bluetooth headset, offering best value without compromising performance or price.
And here it is the best headset for smartphones using Bluetooth. The Voyager 5200 UC is the replacement of the Voyager Legend which was truly the first of its kind, a Smart Bluetooth headset. It combines the power of three microphones – noise and wind cancellation, voice command and Smart Sensor technology. The 5200 UC follows everything as the Legend in functionality like for example, the Voyager 5200 UC understands how and when you want talk. Sensors react when you put on the headset, allowing you answer phone calls without a click. When wearing the headset, it announces who is calling and waits for your commands. Say “answer” to answer, “ignore” to ignore. The Voyager 5200 UC offers snap-fit magnetic charging connection makes charging quick and easy and it works as traveling case as well.
Working in a super noisy environment and you’re looking for a wireless Bluetooth headset with really good noise canceling? VXi just released the Blueparrott S450-XT Bluetooth wireless headset. In addition, the S450-XT provide hi-fi stereo sound for listening to music as well as Qualcomm’s aptX patent technology for super wireless sound, both for listening and for your caller on the other end.
Like all the predecessor the Blueparrott B250-XT, The Blueparrott S450-XT has a 80% noise canceling rating, it’s the best in the industry. Even if you’re in a super noisy environment like in an airport, loud factories, or simply flying on an airplane, the sound will be as crystal clear without much background noise that’s surrounding you.
It’s equipped with class 1 Bluetooth technology that allows you to be far away as 300 feet from your Bluetooth source (assuming the Bluetooth source also is class 1). Once fully charged, you can listen to music over 24 hours without recharging. the S450-XT package also includes a 3.5mm headset cable for any device that does not support Bluetooth. The headset easily folds and comes with a soft shell case for travel or storage.
If you have further questions regarding the Grandstream compatible headsets, call HeadsetPlus.com at 877-999-3838, our headset specialist will answer any questions you may have.
How to pair and use Plantronics W740 with your Bluetooth Cell Phone
Most of our modern day cell phones (smart phones) can be paired to multiple Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth hands-free devices, but it can only be connected to one device at a time. Follow the instructions below to pair your Cell phone to the Plantronics W740.
- First you hold down the Bluetooth pairing button for 4 seconds on the Plantronics Savi 700 base until the indicator light flashes red and blue. The base will stay like this for 10 minutes. If it goes off, you will need to press it again.
Place your Bluetooth compatible cell phone in Bluetooth search mode. Select “Savi 7xx” from the list of found devices.
- When prompted, enter “0000” as the passcode
4. On the W740 base, the Bluetooth indicator LED will turn solid blue when the base has an active connection with the cell phone.
How to Make a Cell Phone Call
1. While wearing the Plantronics W740 wireless headset, press the base mobile button.
2. Make a test call using your newly paired cell phone
3. End the call by pressing the headset call/end button on the W740 headset.
What is Bluetooth Wireless?
Bluetooth is a very simple type of wireless networking that can allow up to eight devices to be connected together in a mini-network.
It is very short range in operation, and so is considered to be for ‘personal’ networking. With a range typically under 30ft, this allows enough distance to perhaps communicate across your office, but not any further. This short range is also its major security feature – anyone wishing to eavesdrop on your Bluetooth communications would not only need special equipment but would also need to be quite close to you.
It is a moderately slow type of networking, but it can transfer data sufficiently fast enough for most typical applications.
Bluetooth is hoped to be a very low cost type of networking, and, as it becomes more widespread, the cost of adding Bluetooth to devices should drop down to perhaps no more than an extra $5-10 on the selling price.
Bluetooth is designed to be compatible across a range of very different operating systems and devices, including things that you would not normally think of as being ‘computer’ type items – for example, some types of headset. Bluetooth networking can enable the headset to connect with other devices such as your phone, your MP3 player, your computer, or you’re PDA.
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A Bluetooth enabled headset would mean that you can leave your cell phone in your pocket or briefcase, but still receive incoming phone calls. If your cell phone supports voice recognition for dialing out, you can even place calls as well as receive them, while never needing to reach for your phone. The safety benefits of this, if you’re driving, are obvious.
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It is probably better from a health point of view to have a very low powered headset close to your head than it is to have a phone that might be generating 100 or even 300 times as much radio energy close to your head.
Bluetooth can also help different devices to communicate with each other. For example, you might have a phone, a PDA, and a computer. If all three devices have Bluetooth capabilities, then (with the appropriate software on each device) you can probably share contact information between all three devices quickly and conveniently. And you can look up a phone number on your PDA (or laptop) and then place a call direct from the laptop or PDA, without needing to touch your cell phone.
Bluetooth is not a magical solution giving universal connectivity between devices. Each device also needs to have the appropriate software as well as the basic Bluetooth communication capability, and so sometimes the promise and theory of what could be possible is not fully matched by the reality.
For best compatibility, devices should support the Bluetooth 1.1 standard. A new standard – 1.2, was formalized in early November 2003 and this will quickly become the dominant standard. Work is currently underway (2005) on a new Bluetooth 2.0 standard, which will allow for three to ten times faster network speeds, and more careful use of battery power.
Bluetooth has been slow to become accepted in the market, but now is starting to become increasingly prevalent. Prices are falling and increasing numbers of devices are offering Bluetooth connectivity. Over one million Bluetooth devices are now being sold every week (although mainly outside the US).
More information on Bluetooth can be found on the official Bluetooth website.
Bluetooth has three different defined ranges, based on their output power ratings.
Class 1 devices are the most powerful. These can have up to 100 mW of power, and a regular antenna will give them a range of about 40 m – 100 m (130 – 330 ft).
Class 2 devices are lower power, with up to 2.5 mW of power. A regular antenna will give them a range of about 15 m – 30 m (50 – 100 ft).
Class 3 devices use even less power, with up to 1 mW of power. A regular antenna will give them a range of about 5 m – 10 m (16 – 33 ft).
Most Bluetooth devices will be Class 2 or Class 3.
Greatest range is not necessary the best. Bluetooth has never been intended for anything other than very short range communication.
With Bluetooth, short range is actually a benefit for two reasons. Firstly, it reduces the chance of interference between your Bluetooth devices and those belonging to other people nearby. This is a very basic type of security measure.
Secondly, lower power means longer battery life. Most Bluetooth applications get their power from a battery, and anything that can be done to lengthen the life of the battery is obviously important.
More powerful Bluetooth devices can run into (and/or cause) problems due to swamping too many other Bluetooth devices with their signals and exceeding the eight device per network limit.
Devices that Use Bluetooth
A limited, but growing number of devices use Bluetooth at present. Devices that are starting to have Bluetooth connectivity built in include:
- Digital cameras and camcorders
- Cell Phones
- Keyboards and Mice
- In-car hands free kits
- GPS navigation receivers
- Home appliances (microwaves, washers, driers, refrigerators)
In addition, add on Bluetooth adapters are available for computers (eg with a USB interface) and for PDAs (eg SD cards).
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Bluetooth and the Internet
Bluetooth can be used to connect between a device that has internet connectivity and another device that does not, for example, you might use Bluetooth to connect from your PDA to your laptop, and then your laptop might use Wi-Fi to connect to a Wi-Fi router and from there you would be connected to the internet.
Sometimes when buying a PDA you may find yourself with an apparent ‘either//or’ choice – either buy a device with Bluetooth; or a device with Wi-Fi capability. In such a case, it would seem at first glance that if you want to connect to the internet – especially while traveling out of your office, Wi-Fi would be a better choice.
However, this is not quite such a clear choice. Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ are few and far between. A much better approach might be to get Bluetooth on your PDA and also on your cellphone and use Bluetooth to connect to your cellphone and then connect through your cellphone and out to the internet from there. I use T-Mobile’s GPRS service – they offer unlimited connect time and unlimited bandwidth usage for only $20/month extra on top of my regular cellphone service (and GPRS connection time does not count against my monthly minutes – it truly is unlimited for only $20/month).
In my opinion, this is the perfect solution. GPRS coverage is much more widespread than Wi-Fi coverage, and while it is not fast, it is adequate for simple mail sending/receiving, instant messaging, and occasional web browsing such as you’re likely to do on a PDA. Although I also have Wi-Fi in my laptop, these days I never use it, and indeed if I’m sitting in a Starbucks with my laptop, I’ll be connecting to the internet not through the Wi-Fi in Starbucks, but via Bluetooth and my cellphone’s GPRS!
Which is better – Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is primarily used as an alternate to traditional cable based networks. It has a longer range than Bluetooth, and supports faster data transfer speeds, and so it might seem better than Bluetooth.
But, in reality, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have different purposes. Bluetooth is intended for limited data transfer between many different types of devices, Wi-Fi is more focussed on faster data transfer between computers on a network.
One of the distinctive elements of Bluetooth is that is uses very much less power than Wi-Fi. Class 3 devices (such as are in PDAs, phones, headsets, etc) transmit a very low power signal (1 mW) and only transmit intermittently when in standby mode, saving even more power. Wi-Fi, on the other hand, consumes a great deal of power, and so for any type of portable battery operated device, Bluetooth will allow for substantially more battery life than would Wi-Fi.
If you’re simply wanting to swap data between different devices in your office and elsewhere on a casual and occasional basis, then – assuming that the software and Bluetooth hardware is available – Bluetooth is probably a better choice for you. If you need more range, and higher bandwidth; perhaps if you want to connect computers into your office LAN, then Wi-Fi is a better choice for you.
Bluejacking is a moderately harmless ‘fun’ type trick that some people have discovered. It involves sending messages from your Bluetooth device to other people close to you with Bluetooth devices, and surprising the recipient in the process.
The easiest way to Bluejack is to create a new phonebook contact, with the message you want to send in the name field. Then, in a busy place with lots of people (so that there is a chance that someone might have a Bluetooth enabled phone or PDA), choose the option to send your new contact via Bluetooth. Your phone or PDA will then search for all Bluetooth devices in range, and present you with a list. Choose whichever device you wish from the list and send it. The recipient will get a message asking if they wish to accept your contact, and showing the text you entered as the contact’s name (eg something like ‘Bad weather today isn’t it’ or whatever else you wish to say). If you’re planning to enjoy Bluejacking (or Toothing, below) you’ll probably want to get your eye in to guessing how far away 10 m/33 ft is so as to know how many people and devices might be within range.
Harmless Bluejacking didn’t take long to evolve into a more goal oriented social activity, now known as ‘toothing’, whereby people communicate to other Bluetooth equipped people around them, trying to arrange casual and immediate trysts.
Bluetooth promises to be a low cost, convenient, and simple way of enabling your various computer devices to talk to each other and to their peripherals. The reality has yet to match the promise, but Bluetooth is becoming more widespread and functional every day. Bluetooth is almost certainly in your future.
Bluetooth is not a competitor to Wi-Fi. It offers different functionality for different purposes.
If you’re having issues with a Plantronics Voyager Legend and Apple iPhone 5/iOS6, upgrade the firmware.
A new firmware for the Plantronics Voyager Legend was released 11/1/12. It fixes most of the issues (call clarity, distortion, etc) with Apple iPhone 5 and iOS6. Follow the detail instructions below:
Plantronics’ MyHeadset Updater allows you to update the firmware (as well as other options) of your Plantronics Bluetooth headset, such as the preferred language for voice prompts and commands, as well as your region.
You must have access to a Windows PC in order to perform the update. If you do not have access to a PC, Plantronics will replace your headset with one that has the latest firmware. Please contact Plantronics 800-544-4660 for more information.
To download and install the software:
- Go to http://www.plantronics.com/myheadset-updater
- Choose Voyager Legend, and then click Get Started.
- Click Start.
- Click Download.
- Follow the on screen prompts for downloading and installing the application.
To update your headset:
- Connect your headset to its USB charging cable or place the headset in the optional desktop charge stand. We do not recommend using the charging case to update your firmware.
- Go tohttp://www.plantronics.com/myheadset-updater
- Choose Voyager Legend, and then click Get Started.
- Click Continue.
- Click Continue again.
- Personalize any of your settings, if desired.
- Click Update Your Headset.
- Click Update.
- When prompted, disconnect your headset from the PC.
Most States Now Have Hands-Free Driving Laws
Most West Coast state legislatures have responded to evidence that accident risk decreases when drivers use a hands-free device, such as a headset, when using cell phones while driving.
Laws Requiring Drivers Use Hands-Free Device While Talking/Listening on Cell Phone
• CA (7/1/08) California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act of 2006
• WA (7/1/08) Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5037
• AZ (12/1/09) The Safer Road Arizona Act – AZ Revised Statute 28-1192
• CT, DC, NY, NJ & IL laws in effect
In California, new wireless law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency 911 calls, a medical provider, the fire department. It only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle. California drivers over 18 are allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their cell phones while driving. The new law does not prohibit you from dialing. You can use a Bluetooth Headset, but you cannot have both ears covered. You can also use a speakerphone as an alternative.
We support safe driving with the use of a Cell Phone Headset. We encourage all drivers to practice common sense for responsible use of headsets for hands-free communication while driving. Headset Plus supports companies who employ a mobile workforce by providing hands-free headset solutions.
- Increase Driver Safety by establishing and enforcing a company policy that provides and requires the use of a hands-free headset with every company-provided cell phone or mobile data device
- Reduce Wasted Time by relying upon Plantronics Sales to help you select 1-3 headsets suited to workforce needs as company standard and reduce unproductive, costly time of employees researching/exchanging products during workday
- Reduce Expenses by purchasing headsets from an existing channel partner like Plantronics instead of reimbursing employees that purchase at retail
RECOMMENDED PLANTRONICS HANDS-FREE HEADSETS (click on the links):
If you have a Bluetooth Compatible Cell phone: Bluetooth Mobile Headsets
If you have a 3.5mm headset jack: 3.5mm cell phone headsets