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Five years of Bluetooth on BlackBerry: Current and Future Implementations

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Back in ’94, Bluetooth was invented and standardized to be a wireless cable replacement technology. After a long battle with adoption and interoperability, Bluetooth is now standard issue in most smartphones, road-ready laptops, and a slew of other devices that connect to them wirelessly. Originally created to replace RS-232 serial cable, Bluetooth is now built into all manners of electronics, over 10,000 product lines in total.

The mobile phone, automotive, computing, and consumer electronic industries have come together to make technology easier and better for everyone. When it was first being pitched, marketers spoke of dreams of the Personal Area Network or PAN. The promises of the PAN was more than a little science-fictiony, with fantasies of doors opening like Star Trek and house keys being obsolete.

The first Bluetooth-enabled phone launched a decade ago. RIM’s first Bluetooth-enabled device was the now-famous BlackBerry 7290, which curiously enough came in blue.

This is how the Personal Area Network is shaping up for BlackBerry users five years after RIM started supporting Bluetooth.
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RIM launches BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-500

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RIM has launched it’s new Bluetooth Headset for BlackBerry. Dubbed the HS-500, this first-party accessory is engineered to work seamlessly with your BlackBerry smartphone and costs US $79.99.

“Get the freedom of hands-free calling with the easy-to-use BlackBerry® Wireless Headset HS-500. With the simple touch of a button, you can answer, end, and mute calls, or activate voice dialing, even while you’re juggling your keys and coffee in the morning. Plus, the volume automatically adjusts and background noise is reduced, so your calls and turn-by-turn directions can be heard loud and clear in noisy environments. With the quality and performance you expect from a BlackBerry® product, the BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-500 fits your life so you can hit the road with confidence.”

Features include:

  • Call control button: control calling features like, answer, end, mute and voice activated dialing with the press of a button
  • Automatic volume control and noise cancelation: hear and be heard loud and clear in noisy environments
  • Works with selected third-party GPS mapping applications: listen to turn-by-turn directions

Check out the new BlackBerry HS-500 Bluetooth headset

Browse our selection of third-party Bluetooth Headsets at the BlackBerry Cool Store.

NUForce NE-7M headset for the BlackBerry Storm

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I was in the market for a wired in-ear headset. I tried a couple off the shelf of a local wireless store, but none them lived up to my standard for listening to music. I ordered the NU Force NE-7M wired headset, based on a suggestion from a colleague. So far, these are great little mid priced ear buds. Call quality isn’t too shabby either.

I’ve got the Blackberry Storm, which came with the generic headset. The ear buds on those never fit in my ears and on long train rides they tend to fall out or don’t block out enough noise. The NE-7M’s do a great job of staying in my ears and blocking out the background noise at even low levels, when you pause the music you can hold a conversation. The mic has a pause button, which comes in handy when people walk up and want to talk to you. There are no buttons on the headset to skip music; I use my side buttons for that.
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Top 5 BlackBerry Bold Accessories

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It’s Wednesday, November 5th, which means by now Americans have finished waiting in two lines: one to vote and one to pick up their AT&T BlackBerry Bold. For our friends down south waking up to a new President and a new BlackBerry, we’ve compiled a list of 5 accessories you need to help maximize your Bold to the extreme!

MicroSD Card
Trust us, with all great multimedia features on the BlackBerry Bold, 1GB of internal memory isn’t going to cut it. We recommend the SanDisk 8GB MicroSDHC card (with a MobileMate Micro Reader) for all your image, movie and music storage needs. If the $60 8GB model is too much, there’s also a $50 4GB model available.

SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Card with MobileMate Micro Reader
SanDisk 4GB microSDHC Card

Bluetooth Headset
Even though the BlackBerry Bold has great call quality, most power users will still need a Bluetooth headset. Most people are vary particular about their Bluetooth headset, so instead of trying to find one to satisfy all your needs, we’ll just point you to the most popular line of headsets in the BlackBerry Cool Store: The Jabra Bluetooth headset line. Below you find links to the $70 BT8040 model and the $20 BT2040 model.

Jabra BT8040 Bluetooth Headset
Jabra BT2040 Bluetooth Headset

Top 5 BlackBerry Bold Accessories

New BlackBerry Accessories coming this summer!

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BlackBerry Stereo HeadsetsWith every company in the BlackBerry ecosystem recovering from an epic post-WES hangover (including us), you can expect breaking news and announcements to start slowing to a trickle during the dog days of summer. That’s why it was so great to receive these images in our inbox today: new BlackBerry accessories for summertime fun!

It looks like with the nascent BlackBerry Bold and RIM’s increasing consumer focus, we’ll finally be getting decent headsets to use for media playback. BBCool HQ is hoping that the stereo headsets with inline media controls will come standard with every BlackBerry, but the ‘Premium’ in their name makes it seem unlikely.

What else? A new charging pod for the BlackBerry Curve (available May 30th, and similar to the one already available for the BlackBerry Pearl) and more shots of RIM’s highly anticipated Bluetooth Stereo Gateway, this time for your car! Post a comment and tell us what you think.

(Thanks to Ted for the tip!)

see more screenshots after the jump!

Memory cards to outsell headsets

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Memory cardsABI Research just published a paper today that forecasts memory cards to have sold $7 billion this year, while headsets take second place in the mobile accessory market at $5 billion. The prime reason for this is that headsets are becoming more frequently bundled with devices, while memory cards still need to be bought separately. This shift isn’t a huge surprise, since mobile multimedia is gaining popularity and needs to address hardware bottlenecks. With high capacity SD cards becoming more widespread and the new UFS card gaining support, the memory market is looking pretty sweet.