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Bluetooth Buyers Guide

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Get yourself connected with our Bluetooth buyer's guide.

Bluetooth Buyer's Guide

As car technology specialists, Halfords can show you everything you need to know to get a Bluetooth setup going!

Why Halfords?

At Halfords, our staff are trained to know the ins-and-outs of Bluetooth and are more than happy to explain (or demonstrate) anything you may not understand. Whether you purchased your product from us 2 days ago or 5 years ago, we'll always be here to help. Plus you can always come back to us if you need refreshing on anything you feel confused about!

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Bluetooth Basics

Bluetooth allows the transfer of data without having to use physical cables. 'Bluetooth devices' use electromagnetic waves to communicate with each other - they include mobile phones, hands-free kits, printers, keyboards and more.

Within cars Bluetooth is mainly used for hands-free calling. Besides making calls without handling your phone, Bluetooth is also useful for streaming music, pictures etc. to other phones and computers.

Synchronising data between your phone and computer makes it easy to keep up-to-date across all devices. You can even connect to the internet with your laptop using your phone's signal!

Once Bluetooth is 'enabled' on a device, it can then be paired up. When two devices are paired, they can exchange data with one another. Depending on the device, the Bluetooth radius will range from a few metres to 100 or more.

How do I get it to work?

After you've turned Bluetooth on (in your phone's settings), you can scan for other Bluetooth devices. Find the name of the device you want to connect to - this is either the product's item code, or a name you may have given it. You'll have to enter an identical pass code on both devices - once this is done, you're good to go!

What should I choose?

One thing to bear in mind when choosing Bluetooth headsets/speakers is that they are independent devices, so you have to have a separate phone in order for them to work.

  • Headset - Headsets (earpieces) are small and convenient. They come in a load of different shapes and sizes.
  • Visor Mount/Plug-in Speaker - A visor mount sits on your sun visor, whereas a plug-in slots into your cigarette lighter. Certain models can connect to up to five different phones!
  • Fitted Hands Free Kits - Hands-free kits merge your speakers/mic with your car stereo. Some units let you browse phonebooks, photos and even listen to music.

As well as dedicated hands-free kits, we also stock sat navs and head units with Bluetooth functions. These allow you to make calls or stream music by connecting your phone to them. You can also stream music from your phone to your car stereo or wireless headphones!

Fitting

If you're struggling to fit your Bluetooth kit, worry not! We can fit it for you for only £49.99 (€59.99). Take a look at our guide for more information.


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