I’m a big fan of public transit but not necessarily the inane chatter of my fellow passengers. Earlier this spring I purchased an enormous pair of DJ-style Bluetooth cans from Nokia; they sound fantastic, but now that the weather’s getting warmer I find them a bit cumbersome and uncomfortable for my sweaty noggin.
Based on a recommendation from The Symbian Guru I snatched a Jabra BT3030 (pictured above) from an eBay auction. Though it seems odd to have a wireless controller that you plug wired headphones into, in practice it makes a lot of sense, as you can keep your iPod stereo Bluetooth device in your pocket where it’s safe and sound.
But there are two big problems with this Jabra device:
- Near as I can tell the bundled stereo earbuds don’t have a microphone. See comments below for updated info. I’m an idiot.
- For some bewildering reason Jabra seems to have decided that it would be a good idea to have this thing beep three times every ten seconds when there’s no available network for your phone. This means that if you travel by subway — on the TTC, in Tokyo or any other rail system that doesn’t have access to carrier signals while underground — this product will be of absolutely no use to you.
I’m surprised that nobody else on the web has picked up on that second issue — it’s certainly a deal-breaker for me!