The Bluetooth headset has been around for almost a decade now. And thanks to its breakthrough technology, people are now able to talk on their cell phones in a whole different way. This technology, named after a mighty Viking, is now common place in offices and the ears of people on the go in the streets, public transport or even those who drive. It's an invaluable tool for improving your efficiency and productivity. With a wireless headset in your ear, it is easy to do tasks that require two hands like typing office documents or carrying your briefcase while lining up at the train station.
Using it is quite easy really. First you have to make sure your phone recognizes your headset. It's usually intuitive from there.
With your phone:
- Make the necessary settings to link the Bluetooth headset to your cell phone. You can usually find an option to "find new devices" on your phone, and when you see the name of your headset, select it and key in the security number written on the headset itself or in the user's manual. By doing this, your mobile device will be able to recognize your new Bluetooth headphone or headset. Once it is attached and readily recognized by your phone, you can make and receive calls. Your Bluetooth headset usually has volume keys and even a one-touch voice-activation key. If your phone has voice-dialing, you can use this to dial contacts even without touching the phone's keypad. Usually, a long press on the voice recognition key will activate this.
- Keep the system charged. Wireless headsets usually have a battery life of one to four hours of talk time or about two days of standby time. Since you will be using the Bluetooth headset throughout the course of a day, be sure to plug it in at night, so you won't have to worry about running low while you're on the go.
For your PC:
- You would usually need a special adapter called a Bluetooth dongle for you to be able to connect your headset to your PC. This device usually goes to a spare USB port. Most modern laptops and netbooks have a built-in Bluetooth radio, though. Having this device allows you to use your Bluetooth headset as the speaker and microphone recognized by the operating system. This can help lessen the clutter while you work, especially if you need a headset to talk on the computer through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
- Pairing is done similar to how you would search for new devices on your mobile phone. With the Bluetooth interface on your computer, first search for new devices, and then when you see the name of your Bluetooth headset, select it and key in the passcode. If your computer does not recognize your Bluetooth headset right away, you will probably have to install some drivers, which should be included in the headset's retail package. If you've already installed drivers, but your software — such as Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and the like — cannot recognize it, you can try accessing the Audio settings for those applications and select your Bluetooth device as the output and input sources.
Using Bluetooth technology is actually very straightforward. It usually involves a process of turning on a discovery option and pairing with your mobile phone or computer.