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Big Year Ahead for Bluetooth

Boot Camp feature for Monday, January 10, 2005

A big year ahead for Bluetooth. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It has been around for years. Bluetooth is a wireless standard that can connect PDAs with PCs and printers…and headsets with Bluetooth enabled cell phones. One of the big problems has been…until now…there were almost no Bluetooth cell phones available that operate on CDMA networks…those are the ones used by Sprint and Verizon Wireless. That is finally changing. More and more CDMA Bluetooth phones are arriving….and that will mean more Bluetooth headset sales. Jabra makes some of the most popular models. A company called Aliph…has what it calls the Jawbone on the market. It all but eliminates background sound even in the noisiest environments. If you're looking for something lightweight that can be worn all day…Global Blue Communications….formerly Blue Technologies of Denmark…has developed an in ear device called the Flamingo. CEO Rod Chambers…

"It weighs less than a third of an ounce, it's very comfortable for use all day and it's easily used. It's got two buttons that perform five different functions. And it's at a very attractive price point for not only businesses, but the mass consumer market as well."

The Flamingo will sell for about 129 dollars when it arrives during the first quarter of this year. It is designed to fit over the ear canal….allowing you to hear other sounds as well. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin