Monthly Archives: March 2006

This just heard from the folks at Skype…

Plantronics today announced its Internet-optimized Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset solution featuring a plug-and-play USB Bluetooth voice adapter. “Skype for Business coupled with our new Bluetooth headset is the ultimate tool for small businesses,” commented Philip Vanhoutte, EMEA Managing Director, Plantronics. “You no longer need to carry a multitude of devices. Our Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset solution is multipoint, allowing customers to switch seamlessly between mobile phone and Internet calls.”

I checked the Plantronics website and didn’t see anything about this Internet-Optimized headset, although I did find this:

“Plantronics today announced two new Bluetooth® headsets, the Plantronics Discovery™ 645 and Voyager 510 with WindSmart®, that incorporate new technologies for excellent audio clarity during conversations. The Voyager 510 is the first Bluetooth headset on the market to include both a noise-canceling microphone and wind-reduction technology for brilliant sound in windy environments. The Discovery 645 includes a digital signal processing (DSP) chip to actively reduce background noise when talking.”

Very interesting. Two companies, talking about the same product, but in different ways.

I’ll await clarification from Plantronics on these products. No information is available on their website as of yet.

For information on the Plantronics Voyager 510, you can always visit the Telephone Magic website.

GN Netcom makes a similar product – the GN 6210 wireless headset. It too features the ability to go between your mobile headset and your desk phone.

Gotta love all this convergence…

A Military Misconception Cleared Up

A buddy of mine who works with the military told me that no wireless telecom devices are allowed to be used by military personnel.

I found this a little hard to believe, so when Yves Dupuis from GN Netcom dropped in for a chat, I asked him about this. He said they sell lots of GN 9120 wireless headsets to the military.

He also mentioned that government workers (and others interested in privacy) usually opt for the GN 9120 because the 2.4 GHz frequency that the GN 9120 operates is inherently more secure than the 900 MHz frequency range. The GN 9120 also uses digital encryption to further protect the transmission between the base and headset.

I got to put the 9120 through its paces today. Installation was a snap – even without Yves helping. If you have installation problems, you can also call the 1-888-GNN-9120 support line for live assistance – quite handy.

Range was pretty good – I walked to the corner store which is about 200 feet from our office. It was a little windy and I had the SoundTube model, so the noise from the wind was picked up, but I’m sure that wouldn’t have happened with the noise-canceling microphone model.

Sound quality on the receiving end was good, according to my office-mate who was helping me test the unit.

All things considered, the GN 9120 is a pretty slick little unit. No headset wires, cool looking base unit, built-in headset-in-use indicator on the base AND headset. Nice.

I guess another bonus – they’re a little less expensive than the CS50 as well.

GN Netcom’s also got some really cool stuff on the horizon, so you’ll be hearing more about it soon.