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ACCESSORY: Plantronics announced single headset for use with Apple iPod and Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 11.02.05 - 10:56:30 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8875x
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Plantronics recently announced the availability of the MX100-s, a dual purpose headset/stereo headphone device that can be connected simultaneously to the Apple iPod and a mobile phone, allowing consumers to answer a phone call while listening to their iPod.

"People want to be able to listen to music, but still receive an important phone call," said Dean Hovey, vice president and general manager of mobile and entertainment markets for Plantronics. "Now, someone can listen to their iPod and easily answer an incoming call via a simple switch on the headset cord."

Plantronics expects that the secure fit and versatility offered by the MX100-s will be popular among active consumers, such as those who like to skateboard, exercise or simply walk while listening to music and keeping in touch with friends by phone.

The Plantronics MX100-s has twin connectors: one plugs into the iPod and the other into a mobile phone. One cord then links to a single headset/headphone with stereo earbuds. To switch between music and phone, customers simply flip a switch on the headset cord. One conveniently placed volume control also works for both devices. The MX100-s earbuds have Plantronics' unique Flex Grip design, making it easy to slip them on and off, and ensuring exceptional comfort. In addition to providing outstanding sound quality for music, the MX100-s uses Plantronics' AcuSpeak microphone technology to deliver clear, crisp conversations over the phone.

The MX100-s works with the Apple iPod, other MP3 players and most headset-ready mobile phones, including models from Motorola, LG, Audiovox and Kyocera. Adapters for most popular Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobile phones are available free; see the inside of the MX100-s' package for details. The MX100-s has a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is available at Apple Stores, Apple.com and other retail outlets where iPods are featured.

Well, IMHO that idea is a kind of weird. One headset with two connectors? This means I have to carry my iPod side by side with my Smartphone? Nah, no way! While the idea isn't that bad - I would prefer to have an (iPod) connector and (mobile phone) Bluetooth equipped solution instead of two connectors. This would be handy but not the MX100-s!

Cheers ~ Arne

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