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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 8217x
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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:

Bonding
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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Comments
Posted by zyberlee on 06.10.03 - 12:40:28

i wonder if it supports the Jabra bluetooth headset or not.

Posted by Graffiti on 06.10.03 - 14:24:46

Way cool, Arne! Now only if we knew how much the thing's gonna cost ... cos I ain't too overjoyed when Carlo estimates it to be USD850!

Please tell me that's a typo.

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.10.03 - 15:41:38

Yes, you are right. It was a typo... Carlo means 85 US$... ;-)

No, serious - that's what I've heard too - 850 US$...

Posted by Mlynch01 on 06.10.03 - 15:58:39

Hey Arne, is it possible to listen to music thru the normal Stereo headphones while your paired with the bluetooth headset?

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.10.03 - 23:25:10

@Mlynch01: Unfortunately not. We have tested it also there but no way to use it for anything else then for voice calls. :-( At least not with the included Bluetooth wizard. Maybe a 3rd party will provide a workable solution anytime sooner or later?

Posted by eddie on 07.10.03 - 00:51:46

Will the o2 xdaII be available in the US and who will the carrier be? and how much will it cost and of course when will it be release?.

Thanks.

Posted by Adamz on 07.10.03 - 01:54:35

Wait, Arne... I don't understand.  Where does the normal audio go when the XDA is in headset mode? Or during a phone call?  Is regular audio played through the bluetooth headset, the external speaker, and/or the headphone jack? Or none of the above??

Posted by Mlynch01 on 07.10.03 - 05:43:57

Thanks for the response Arne, but what i was asking was if u are in the bluetooth headset profile and u want to listen to music on windows media player can u still use the stereo headset it comes with or is all the audio directed to the bluetooth headset? Basically is it just the phone audio that is sent to the bluetooth headset or is it all the audio?

Posted by Boom on 07.10.03 - 07:20:06

Arne,

can you do voice dial with the BT headset, SE does this very nicely..

Posted by Sean on 08.10.03 - 03:26:55

Arne,  Is the 02 xda, t mobile  and the att seimens sx56 the same except ones a newer version ( the 02 xda II) if so ... will seimans also upgrade ..i have att in the usa do you know if its comming out soon.

Posted by Fraz on 08.10.03 - 17:47:34

Spoke to an O2 sales rep today, apparently the official realease date for the XDAII is Nov 11. H couldn't be sure if it would be pushed back or not, nor could he confirm price yet as it's not in their system but he reckoned it would be around the £400 mark.

Posted by Joachim on 19.11.03 - 18:57:59

Hi Arne,

I think your "conclusion" is way too enthusiastic!! Have you ever used a SonyEricsson or Siemens S55 phone with a bluetooth headset? The features you want to be supported are:

1. Initiate a call from the headset via Voice command (at least for 10-20 numbers)

2. Accept a call from the headset when the xdaII is in your pocket.

3. Finish a call from the headset when the xdaII is in your pocket.

I received a xdaII yesterday and paired it to my Nextlink Bluespoon headset. The only thing i could do is talk through the headset after the connection is established. If this is the Bluetooth headset support of the xdaII, its ridiculous for a brand new phone!

I did not receive any documentation with the device, so maybe, hopepully there is more than I could find out.

Posted by Arne Hess on 19.11.03 - 19:37:58

@Joachim: Don't know what you mean but:

> 1. Initiate a call from the headset via Voice command

Right - not supported by the PPCPE platform and therefore not the fault of Bluetooth!

2. Accept a call from the headset when the xdaII is in your pocket.

I can do it with both - the SE and Jabra headset!

3. Finish a call from the headset when the xdaII is in your pocket.

Same here - can do it with both - the SE and Jabra headset!

So don't know what you mean. For sure I can be excited about facts I've tested and because both works for me with 2 different headsets I'm excited! :-)

As I said, I can receive and end calls just from my headset without touching the i-Mate Phone Edition!

Posted by Joseph on 02.12.03 - 21:08:25

I wonder if xda can support bluetooth headset with caller ID, like SE HBH-200, or if there is any other.

Posted by warper on 03.12.03 - 08:13:49

I heard it from a store owner that it doesn't.

>I wonder if xda can support bluetooth headset with caller ID, like SE HBH-200, or if there is any other.

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