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1. Using Your BlackBerry > 16. Turn Your Computer into a Speakerphone

Turn Your Computer into a Speakerphone

If you have a BlackBerry that supports Bluetooth, use your computer as a poor-man’s headset.

Up until fairly recently, RIM didn’t make a BlackBerry device that supported Bluetooth, even as it is becoming a standard feature of other smart phones. That all changed when RIM released the 7290. The BlackBerry 7290 as well as the 7100 series devices have built-in Bluetooth, and you can expect future devices to include support for the protocol as well.

Given all the data synchronization capabilities of the BlackBerry, you’d expect to be able to do lots of things with the Bluetooth adapter on the devices—but as of now, the capabilities are rather limited. You can’t tether a laptop to share its data connection using Bluetooth—you have to cradle the device for that [Hack #9] . However, you can use a Bluetooth headset so you don’t have to deal with the cord on your earpiece—or worse, hold that oddly shaped 7290 to your ear to talk on the phone. The fancy Bluetooth headsets are plentiful but still somewhat costly. If you’ve purchased a computer recently, there’s a decent chance it already has Bluetooth built in. If not, you can purchase a Bluetooth adapter for a reasonable price that allows you to do a whole host of things with computer peripherals, including acting as a headset for your BlackBerry!


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