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WIRELESS: The O2 xda II supports the Bluetooth headset profile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 06.10.03 - 11:15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9845x
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One of the often asked question about the O2 xda II is if its Bluetooth also supports the headset profile which lets you use a Bluetooth wirefree headset to make your voice calls and it supports it!

On Saturday, on the Munich User Group meeting we've tested it and here you see how it will looks like:

After you enabled Bluetooth on the xda II you can search for available Bluetooth devices around you. As you can see below the xda found four devices: Two Nokia phones, one iPAQ Pocket PC and one Ericsson headset:

Now you can select the device you want to bond to and give it a name:

The xda II will recognize the headset as a Bluetooth headset and notifies you that the xda is supporting the Bluetooth headset profile:

Done, you've paired your xda II to the Bluetooth headset.

Using the Headset
Before you can use the Bluetooth headset to make and receive voice calls you have to enable the headset mode which you can enable right from the Today screen:

Now you can dial a number. Notice the headset icon in the taskbar.

After the connection is established the call is transferred to the headset. In case you want to trasfer it back to the xda II you can tap "Transfer call to phone" and you can use the xda II instead of the headset.

Final Conclusion

Bonding and using the headset was easy and not that much different from using a headset with a "regular" cellphone! The Microsoft Bluetooth wizard, as easy designed it is, helps you to do all required steps within seconds. After you've created the pair you can use the headset and I haven't found any limitations. :-)
I think that supporting the Bluetooth profile by default was the right decision as this is one of the most requested feature for Bluetooth enabled phones and this makes the xda II even more convenient to use as you can leave it in the pocket if you receive calls!

Cheers ~ Arne


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