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Sony Ericsson HBV-100 review: Sony Ericsson HBV-100

A good way to add Bluetooth wireless chat to your mobile and your VoIP calls in one hit.

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Alex Kidman

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Design / Features
The HBV-100 VoIP kit is an interesting beast -- we're normally led to believe that mobile phone companies aren't all that keen on VoIP, given that their bread and butter lies traditionally with telcos and fixed cost mobile calls.

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Sony Ericsson HBV-100

The Good

Includes USB dongle.

The Bad

Pairing can be tricky.

The Bottom Line

A good way to add Bluetooth wireless chat to your mobile and your VoIP calls in one hit.

The HBV-100 gives you a best of both worlds approach, as it happens given that it will happily double as a regular Bluetooth headset for compatible mobiles. It ships with a regular enough single-ear headset, as well as a Bluetooth dongle for enabling Windows-based PCs to pair with it.

Performance
Once we'd charged the headset -- a rather dull 8 hour process -- we could pair it simply enough with a regular Bluetooth mobile, or use the dongle to pair it to a PC. One nice factor here is that it's a driverless install, as the USB dongle carries its own drivers on it. Voice quality is always a highly variable thing, and once you add VoIP into the equation, you're opening up an entirely separate can of worms.

Still, our tests with the HBV-100 were mostly positive, and it opens up yet another way to take your Skype calls into the wireless and very-nearly-PC-free realm.

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