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Wireless Headsets for Wireless Phones

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, December 19, 2002

A wireless headset for your wireless phone. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With new laws requiring the hands free only use of cell phones in cars, the market is wide open for all kinds of new devices. The greatest promise is for what is called Bluetooth technology... that can wirelessly connect Bluetooth enabled phones with headsets and eventually cars that will have the technology built in. Jabra makes a cord-free headset for the relatively few Bluetooth phones that are out there... .and has come up with an adaptor that allows it to be used with non-Bluetooth phones as well. Another solution... is a 99 dollar wireless headset... called Air Bud... being sold in Radio Shack stores. Air Bud president Phil Willis... .

"Air Bud is a product that was developed to help simplify the use of cellular phones while driving or for that matter while you're at the office or at home. It's an attempt to try and free the user from any sort of cord when they're using a headset with their cell phone."

Air Bud consists of a rechargeable ear piece and a little 900 MHz transmitter, that plugs into a standard jack on a cell phone. And... I'm speaking through the Air Bud now and the quality is similar to what you'd get with a cordless phone. Right now, the Air Bud works with Verizon and Sprint CDMA phones... There is the issue of comfort. The Air Bud headset is fine for short conversations... but leaving it on during a long commute is not very comfortable. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin