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  • Which Is Better: Wireless or Bluetooth Headsets?


    With the arrival of numerous smartphones, Bluetooth headsets are becoming much in demand by mobile phone users all around the world. Even in the UK, there are several mobile phone producers who have lined up dozens of smart mobile phone brands. Manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, and Motorola have come up with many Bluetooth-enabled phones that require headsets to have a good run. The Bluetooth headset attached to a mobile phone adds much more mobility to one's communication experience. A headset has a role not only to help you attain mobility but also its benefits are beyond that.


    The wireless Bluetooth headsets, as their name suggests, are wireless equipment that gives you further mobility. Whether you are driving or busy handling work in an office, putting this equipment over your ears gives you access to talk over the mobile phone at any time without holding the phone in your hand. The lightweight headset easily put overhead is a comfortable way of allowing you to have no hassle while talking. With a good number of headsets coming up in the market, it is difficult to decide to buy a good one.


    Plantronics, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic gadgets, has lined up a few good-quality headsets. Plantronics headsets are such a headset that comes with a universal adaptor. The most important characteristic of this headset is its ability to act as a stereo headphone as well as a Bluetooth headset. Moreover, with this headset, you can listen to the stereo for up to 10 hours, and talk time is up to 12 hours. Its design is foldable which adds more comfort, no matter whether you are attending calls or listening to songs. Above all, better sound quality assures you that it deserves each of your penny.


    Today's Cell Phone Accessory market is growing rapidly and has become a multi-billion dollar business. At the top of the accessory, lists are the Bluetooth headsets and the wireless phone headsets. With the recent release of new laws concerning the hands-free use of cell phones while driving, an in-flux of buyers are purchasing massive amounts of Bluetooth headsets, even in this economic slowdown. And the wireless headset manufacturers are answering the call for better engineered and more technologically advanced headsets.


    Many of the headset accessories available today allow the user to adjust the volume, answer calls, swap calls, dial by name, and when paired with a phone that has the capability, make voice-recognized commands and dial by voice. Many of the newer models of wireless headsets include noise-canceling technology to avoid the hollow, echoing sounds and background noise that plagued many of the early wireless headsets and Bluetooth headset products. Some of the most sophisticated headsets can actually adapt the users' voice tone to the outside surroundings to make the volume more comfortable for the listener on the other end.


    In recent years, earbuds have become very popular in the wireless headset market. Many Bluetooth headset users opt for an earbud-style headset versus the traditional over-the-head headset. However, since each person's ears tend to be a different size, some earbuds can become uncomfortable when worn for a long period of time. When choosing an earbud, you should try a few different models to see which one feels best for you. Some Bluetooth headset manufacturers offer earbuds in different sizes to accommodate a wider range of users. Of course, if you can't find an earbud that meets your comfort standards you can still find an over-the-head Bluetooth headset or a behind-the-neck headset that may provide more comfort.


    Headset manufacturers continue to grow their wireless product offerings each year and are making it easier for us to go wireless. Many phone adapters now allow you to take the cable out of the receiver and then use a Bluetooth headset to increase your mobility. Bluetooth is an industry-standard that can allow devices to communicate with each other regardless of their manufacturer. This means that you can purchase a Bluetooth-enabled phone and then find a Bluetooth headset to your liking and use it with that particular phone. Each Bluetooth headset manufacturer has its own pairing code for security and will have to be set up to work with each individual phone.


    Regardless of the headset you choose, there is no doubt that headset manufacturers will continue to improve on quality, components, and features. As new products are released, we will find out more and more about the advancements we are making in the wireless headset market. It is a great time to buy a wireless headset and in some states, it has become the law to wear one when using a cell phone while driving.

    Wireless DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) headsets and Bluetooth headsets have many similarities. Both allow you to move around your office without being tethered to your desk and both talk to base cradles. Most confusing is both wireless and Bluetooth headsets are often referred to as "cordless" or "wireless"!


    Wireless and Bluetooth headsets also have some significant differences. These differences do not make one better than the other but may make one type of headset better for your particular situation or office environment. This article discusses the differences between wireless and Bluetooth headsets to help you decide which one is best for you.


    The Differences


    The first difference to consider is RANGE. A Wireless headset has a range of 100 meters. A Bluetooth headset only has an official range of 10 meters and can be as low as 5 meters in an office environment. So if you expect to be a reasonable distance from your desk whilst talking on your headset then wireless will be the clear winner for you.


    These distances are influenced by your office environment. Your walls (and what they are made out of) may reduce the actual range that you can achieve. If your office is open plan and you have a good line of sight to your desk from a distance then your headset may work from further away than the official figures indicate.


    The next major difference is CONNECTIVITY. In general, a wireless headset can only connect to a single telephone base cradle - although with some models you can have several headsets simultaneously connected to the same base. A Bluetooth headset can connect with up to 7 different devices (including its telephony base cradle).


    Handset Lifters


    You can purchase mechanical handset lifters for all Bluetooth and wireless headsets. Many headset manufacturers even have Electronic Hook Switch (EHS) cables for some phones. Both of these technologies allow you to answer telephone calls while you are away from your desk. Handset lifters are fitted on your telephone underneath the handset and the EHS cables are plugged into your telephone.


    When your phone rings your headset beeps at you. Simply pressing a button on your headset causes the handset lifter to rise which in turn causes the handset to rise and allows you to talk with the caller. You press the button again at the end of the call and the handset lifter lowers the handset back onto the telephone hanging up the call.


    A lifter for a wireless headset will work with the same brand of Bluetooth headset. This means it can be re-used if you happen to change cordless headset types.




    In the "bad old days" there were some problems with both Bluetooth and wireless headsets but these issues have long since been resolved. These days if you choose a quality brand such as Plantronics, Sennheiser, or Jabra you will find that any of their wireless or Bluetooth headsets will be very reliable.


    The most common problem that occurs now with both Bluetooth and wireless headset models is "loss of pairing". This is where the headset top stops communicating with the base unit. In my experience, this issue normally only occurs if the base unit loses power while the headset is not in its cradle which is quite rare. When this does happen you cannot use your headset until the problem is fixed which can be very annoying! The problem can be easily resolved so there's no need to stress. You simply need to make sure that the headset is charged and then re-establish the pairing (connectivity).


    The pairing procedure is different for each headset model. If you can't find the pairing instructions that came with your headset at the time of purchase you should be able to obtain a copy of the document from your headset supplier or from the manufacturer's website. Normally the pairing process involves a few simple steps such as rebooting the base unit and then holding down a button or series of buttons for several seconds until the status lights show the 2 parts are paired ("talking") again. Normally the entire procedure should be completed within one minute and you will be back in action!




    Don't think of wireless and Bluetooth as competing technologies. Just look at your own situation and environment and choose the technology that works best for you. If you will be a long-distance from your workstation whilst talking on your headset then you need a DECT wireless headset. If you will always be within 10 meters of your workstation and you have more than one Bluetooth device that you want to connect your headset to (e.g. laptop or mobile) then choose a Bluetooth headset. I hope this article makes it easier for you to select a suitable headset.

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