Bluetooth Headset Profiles

Bluetooth Profiles

Well, here we are twelve years into the twenty-first century and what changes we’ve seen in the mobile telecommunication industry.  Remember the old mobile phones?  Bulky walkie-talkie type monstrosities that felt like you had a brick on your hip when carrying it on your belt.  Today’s models are small sleek units that fit in the palm of your hand.  And efficient…why it’s like carrying a small computer in your pocket.  Add satellites in space, microwave towers and other means to stay connected and you can talk effortlessly to anyone anywhere in the world.  Of course, the means for communicating with your mobile device have gone through some changes as well.  From those large corded headsets that always caught on everything, you now have small discreet wireless models that are barely visible (mark my words… someday they’ll have headset implants that they insert in your cheek so you can really talk in your sleep).  Many of today’s headsets use Bluetooth wireless profiles to “speak” to each other.

However, there are those of us around (deridingly known as technophobes) that are dragging our feet in embracing all this newfangled technology or are having difficulty wrapping our brains around its terminology.  To help ease the transition, this blog will cover a few of those Bluetooth profiles that Plantronics headsets currently use.  First, let me say a few words about profiles.  In the wireless world, Bluetooth technology uses specifications called profiles to connect two devices. The profiles specify how a device will work and what it will do. They define the device’s features or services. There are a number of different Bluetooth profiles, and manufacturers may include one or more of these profiles in their devices.  Plantronics uses profiles for transmitting and receiving audio for all of their Bluetooth headsets, and includes these profiles for streaming music and video audio in a select few.

Now for the Bluetooth profiles that Plantronics uses with their headsets:

1)      HSP (Headset Profile): Provides the headset with the ability to ring, answer and end calls, and adjust the volume.

2)      HFP (Hands Free Profile): Enables you to make outgoing calls from the headset, including performing a last number redial and activating voice dialing on your phone.

3)      A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Enables you to stream music from your phone or other device to your headset.

4)      AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Enables you to play, pause, and stop music, as well as track forward and backward.

5)      SSP (Secure Simple Pairing Profile): A simple way to connect your headset to your phone.  Hopefully this helps a little in understanding how some wireless headsets communicate with mobile devices.

6)      When you’re ready to order, why not give the folks at Headsets Direct a call at 800-914-7996.  They’ll be happy to help with all your headset needs.

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