Bluetooth is a wireless networking technology designed primarily to replace cables for communication between personal computing and communication devices. It is intended to be used for both voice and data communications.Back to top
The Bluetooth name refers to King Harald "Bluetooth" Blaatand, a famous Danish king of the 10th century, who unified Denmark and Norway. In the beginning of the Bluetooth wireless technology era, Bluetooth was aimed at unifying the telecom and computing industries.Back to top
Bluetooth was initiated by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba in early 1998. These companies later formed a special interest group known as the Bluetooth SIG. The Bluetooth 1.0 specifications were released on July 26, 1999, but the technology has only recently become inexpensive enough for widespread use.Back to top
The 802.11b (WiFi) standard is commonly used for wireless networking. Bluetooth is not a competitor with 802.11b, but rather a complement to it. While 802.11b is generally a replacement for wired local area networking, Bluetooth is more commonly used as a replacement for cables between individual devices. Bluetooth is designed to link devices within a very short range (up to 33 feet for Verizon Wireless devices). Bluetooth is part of the 802.15 standard.Back to top
Depending on the Bluetooth profiles included on the device, Bluetooth technology has the capability to wirelessly synchronize and transfer data among devices. The Bluetooth audio capabilities can be used for headset and hands free applications. The exact functionality provided by a Bluetooth enabled device depends on the Bluetooth profiles included. Verizon Wireless products do not include all Bluetooth profiles (Please see the Bluetooth profile section below for more details about the Bluetooth profiles included on Verizon Wireless products).Back to top
Bluetooth is not generally built in to most laptops sold in the US today. However, a Bluetooth adapter can be added to a laptop either as a PCMCIA card or a USB dongle (which looks like a memory stick). If a Bluetooth adapter is added to a laptop or computer, Bluetooth client software must be installed on the computer to be able to use Bluetooth.Back to top
Yes, we currently offer the following Bluetooth accessories.Back to top
A profile is a description of how to use a specification to implement a particular function. The International Standards Organization (ISO) first came up with the idea of profiles. In Bluetooth, there are several profiles available and they are arranged in a hierarchical fashion. For example, in order to use the headset profile, a device must also include the lower level profiles such as the serial port and general access profiles. Bluetooth has many profiles, but they are not all included in Verizon Wireless devices.Back to top
For Verizon Wireless handsets, all Bluetooth accessories must go through a pairing process with the handset before they can be used. Pairing is a special process used when two devices connect for the first time. The pairing process is used to generate a link key that is used for authentication purposes during subsequent Bluetooth connections between the two devices.Back to top
What are the steps in the Bluetooth® pairing (sometimes referred to as bonding) process?
To pair with a Bluetooth device:
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Once a Bluetooth accessory has been paired with the device, it can be used with the device, without the need for re-pairing, assuming the appropriate profile exists for the required service.
The Bluetooth headset profile allows the use of a Bluetooth headset with a Bluetooth-capable Verizon Wireless device. The Bluetooth headsets sold by Verizon Wireless have a range of 10 m (33 feet) from the handset.Back to top
The Bluetooth hands-free profile allows the use of hands-free accessories, such as car kits and portable speaker devices. Verizon Wireless recommends that the customer check the car kit interoperability chart prior to purchasing a Bluetooth capable device. Interoperability with car kits varies and not all Bluetooth features are supported in every car kit.Back to top
The Bluetooth dial-up networking profile allows the use of the Bluetooth handset as a modem (please consult the Bluetooth functionality charts to see if a specific Verizon Wireless device supports Bluetooth DUN). In this configuration, Bluetooth acts as a replacement for the cable that is used to connect the computer to the handset in tethered mode. The user has several steps to take before Bluetooth dial-up networking can occur:
How do I set up a Bluetooth® headset?
Follow these steps:
For additional Bluetooth support related to headsets, please contact the device manufacturer or contact the accessory manufacturer:
For help setting up Bluetooth accessories carried by Verizon Wireless, please contact our technical support line at (800) 922-0204. For additional Bluetooth support related to Verizon Wireless devices, please contact the device manufacturer.Back to top
Bluetooth has the capability to enable both voice and data (depending on the specific Bluetooth profiles included on the device). The voice channels typically operate at 64 kbit/s. The Bluetooth 1.0 data rates include an asymmetric data rate (one way) of 721 kbit/s (while permitting 57.6 kbit/s in the return direction); and a symmetric data rate of 432.6 kbit/s.Back to top
There are three classes of Bluetooth devices: Class 1, 2, and 3. The class specifies the transmit power of the device which affects the range (higher transmit power typically allows greater range). Verizon Wireless Bluetooth capable devices are all Bluetooth Class 2 devices. They can be used with Bluetooth Class 1, 2, or 3 accessories up to a maximum range of 33 feet (10 meters).Back to top