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The Nuts and Bolts of Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth technology is being hailed as the wireless wonder as it effectively facilitates connections and communication between wireless devices such as mobile phones, PDA's (personal digital assistants), handheld computers, as well as wireless enabled laptops or desktop computers. A Bluetooth-enabled wireless device is ideal for short-range wireless communication, being capable of making phone calls, synchronizing data with desktop computers, sending and receiving faxes and even printing documents. But the core use of Bluetooth technology in today's market is focused on cell phones primarily because Bluetooth allows for communication with a hands-free headset, minus any wires that would get in the way.
What Exactly is Bluetooth?In early 1998, a group of computer and telecommunications industry leaders, including Ericsson, Intel, IBM, Nokia and Toshiba began developing a means for connecting a wide range of mobile devices quickly and easily, without cables. Forming a special interest group they announced that they would design a royalty-free, open specification technology, which they called "Bluetooth." Quickly joined by other leaders such as 3COM/Palm, Axis Communication, Compaq, Dell, Lucent, Motorola, Qualcomm and Xirco, the companies began offering products that would take advantage of the standardized wireless means of connection.
Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time Without Recharging!Today, more than 1300 manufacturers from various businesses all over the world have joined the Bluetooth family. The reason? Bluetooth has proven to effectively send data via a secure, low-cost, short-range radio frequency. What's more, by simply using a cordless headset, Bluetooth is fast becoming one of the more popular applications for cellular phones, allowing users to leave a phone in their pockets or handbag while still being able to make and receive calls. Different headsets are compatible with varied Bluetooth enabled phones and users can expect up to eight hours of talk time without a recharge.
Bluetooth and the Automotive Industry!One of the most favorable uses of Bluetooth technology is its introduction in the automotive industry, as it offers a safer way to communicate on the phone without needing the use of hands. In fact, many of the newer cars already offer Bluetooth technology as a factory installed feature, making it possible to utilize a personal cell phone through an in-car system. Automakers offering Bluetooth capabilities include Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler 300C, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Saab 9-3, Toyota Prius, Bentley, Cadillac, Dodge, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar Land Rover, Lexus Maybach, Mitsubishi and Nissan.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Bluetooth!Bluetooth's appeal stems from its relatively low price, along with its ease of use. The only additional charge is for a slightly more expensive headset, which ranges in price from about $40.00 to $120.00, depending upon the features included. But the most important advantage of Bluetooth technology is the fact that it rids electronic devices of cables and the inconvenience usually associated with cables. With nothing to learn, no buttons to push along with its high level of compatibility with other devices, Bluetooth will in all likelihood continue to grow in popularity. The only downside to Bluetooth is the data rate and security. Infrared can have data rates up to 4MBps while Bluetooth only offers 1 MBps. And the greater range and radio frequency of Bluetooth make it more open to interception and attack.
Some things to consider when shopping for a new cell phone is that the Bluetooth technology is already built into the price for most devices and the majority of new cell phones are Bluetooth enabled. Although the headset must be paired with the phone prior to its first use, the process is simple and takes less than a minute to activate.
One thing is a certainty. Bluetooth is definitely becoming the wave of the future.