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Fafnir Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
I use a bluetooth headset quite frequently for my skype calls on my iphone and ipod touch. I was planning on doing the same thing with my ipad but for some reason it doesn't even see my headset when I try and pair it.

Ipad 16 GB, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • 1. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    Jbickers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    make sure its not just the funny bluetooth pairing problem
    (how the device is only discoverable for a short time after being turned on)

    go to settings, general, bluetooth, and THEN turn your headset on, watch for it to appear. if it isn't but other devices do, you got a busted headset or the batterys are dead and you didnt notice.
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    Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
    I think the original poster is talking about a traditional cell phone headset, which I can't seem to get to work either.
  • 3. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    Fafnir Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
    That is correct, I am using a regular motorola bluetooth headset that works fine with my macbook, netbook and iphone, but not my iPad.
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    Dave Lucente Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My son had a pair of cell phone head phones that came with an adapter so he could use them with his iPod. The iPad is not a phone, so it should not be a surprise that cell phone head sets will not work with it.
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    Fafnir Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
    It is a HUGE surprise, cellphone bluetooth headphones work perfectly fine with computers, why wouldn't work with this? I have found my answer here though, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3647
    it doesn't work because apple doesn't want it to work.
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    Humidhaney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't understand why they would not want me to use my Bluetooth headset. What might the argument be?
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    mikeny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Apple should allow the use of a Bluetooth headset. It would be very useful for making Skype calls, etc.
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    jack464airobk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can confirm that neither a Jawbone 2 or a Plantronics Voyager 510 will pair with my iPad. I guess they only want us to use AD2P for listening not for talking. Kinda lame imho, but Apple will do as it can while we suffer what we must.
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    houstonarcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ABSOLUTELY agree. This is more than a surprise for me. This device was advertised as running iPhone OS. That OS supports bluetooth for headsets. I purchased a headset for use with my iPad only to find out it does not work. I beyond annoyed, I am severely p*ssed off. Outside of an iPod, this is the first Apple product I have ever purchased that comes close to a personal computer. I am absolutely disgusted. They just lost me as a customer. Out of here!! What a rip off.
  • 10. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    houstonarcher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok. I have been to the Apple store twice in the past two days. Here is what I have discovered. No support for BT mono headsets used for cell phones and such. You can't pair them to the iPad AND it just so happens that you can't pair these types of devices to the iPod Touch either. So basically, the iPad is just a large iPod Touch (not a large iPhone).

    Now, I did discover that if you use the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic ($29) and plug it into the iPad, you can make Skype calls with no problems.

    Does anyone else see the bizarre aspect in this? There is a wired solution but no wireless solution. And I though Apple was all about ease and simplicity of use. They dropped the ball on this one.

    I am using a Sprint 3G/4G Hot Spot with my iPad and so far have had great success here in Houston. I have tested the speed of the device and routinely exceed 1Mbps and if I have full signal, I exceed 2Mbps. And the cost is only $72 per month including taxes and all of those "extra" hidden charges. Beautiful. I did try using the Verizon MiFi device last month with my netbook and although it is suppose to be 3G, I never exceeded 750kbps with the device here in Houston. I ended up returning that device within the 30-day trial period.

    I'll be extremely pleased when they release v4 of the OS and I can run apps simultaneously. Hopefully they will add the capability to use mono headsets too. That would be very nice.
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    BruinToo Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
    I thought you can pair stereo headsets with mic such as those built by Sony Ericsson, if I'm not mistaken.
  • 12. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    Digitaldisruption Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dear Apple
    Why in the **** won't you allow me to connect my Bluetooth headset.
  • 13. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    alonz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the jaybird sportbrand bluetooth headset and it connected but I can not control the tracks the ipad is bluetooth a2dp that is another fix.
  • 14. Re: Bluetooth Headset with iPad
    TRNunes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can confirm the Apple support information is correct, at least in my case. I own a Motorola stereo bluetooth headset that works fine w/my Palm-based PDA phone, both for calls as well as music, movies, etc. And my initial experience with the iPad was equally as trouble-free... UNTIL SKYPE. Not only does Skype not work, after just TRYING to use it with my Motorola stereo headset, the headset stopped working, bluetooth on the iPad appeared to 'lock up' (e.g. I was unable to effectively disable/enable bluetooth, remove the headset and re-add it, etc). The problem created was so bad I had to RESET THE IPAD! (Actually, I had to reset the iPad TWICE as, being stubborn, I decided to confirm the symptom actually was Skype related). I've since decided to acquire a hardwired headset for use with the iPad, as I only want to use one headset and, per Apple, they don't support bluetooth heads for making/receiving calls on the iPad (e.g. for that specific 'Bluetooth profile').

    On the plus side, a wired headset will be much lighter and more compact anyway. Plus, if I get a white, Apple headset, I can dance around and pretend I'm in an original iPod commercial.
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