iPhone 4 issues with stereo Bluetooth headsets?

A reader wrote in to report about issues he's having with connecting stereo Bluetooth headsets with the iPhone 4. We try it out with a few of our stereo Bluetooth headsets and report our findings.

Have you had stereo Bluetooth problems with your iPhone 4?
Have you had stereo Bluetooth problems with your iPhone 4? Josh P. Miller/CNET

It seems that antenna issues are not the only problems surfacing with the new iPhone 4, or at least that's what one of our readers has experienced. Al, a Buzz Out Loud listener, wrote in to report that his Jabra Stone and Kensington A2DP headset would not connect to his new iPhone 4, whereas his wife's Motorola mono Bluetooth headset worked with it fine. We were intrigued by this development, and decided to test it with the headsets we had in the office.

iPhone 4, A2DP headset trouble?

Have you experienced problems with A2DP headset connectivity on your iPhone 4?

The two A2DP headsets we tested with the iPhone 4 were the BlueAnt T1 and the Nokia BH-905. The BlueAnt T1, though a mono headset, has A2DP streaming capabilities--this is similar to the Jabra Stone headset that Al has. We managed to pair and connect the BlueAnt T1 to our iPhone 4 very quickly, without any problems. We also successfully streamed music to the headset.

With the Nokia headphones, however, we had a few more issues. It took several attempts before we managed to successfully pair the BH-905 with the iPhone, and even then we couldn't get the music to play--the music played only through the internal speaker and the Bluetooth symbol was grayed out on the iPod music playback screen. However, after another round of disconnecting and connecting, we discovered that if we pressed play on the headphones, the iPhone would finally stream music. For comparison's sake, we also paired the Nokia BH-905 with an iPod Touch running iOS 4, which needed no such trickery to start playing music.

Screenshots that show the BlueAnt T1 and Nokia BH-905 both working with the iPhone 4.
Screenshots show the BlueAnt T1 and Nokia BH-905 both working with the iPhone 4. Screenshot by CNET

We would obviously need a larger sample size to really figure out for sure if there is an issue here, but we think this proves that the iPhone 4 is indeed compatible with A2DP stereo headsets. However, your setup may vary and it seems that some headsets may prove to be more troublesome than others.

We're curious to know if this has affected anyone else, and we would love to know if any new iPhone 4 owners have run into similar issues with A2DP connectivity. If so, please let us know in the poll, and also voice your experiences in the comments below. If you've had problems, definitely let us know what model headset you were using.

 

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