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CTIA Behind Push for 3.5mm Headset Jacks

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Oct 8, 2009, 12:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today the CTIA wireless trade association indicated that it has backed an initiative to make 3.5mm headset jacks the standard audio input/output jack for mobile phones. Many mobile phones continue to ship with 2.5mm headset jacks. The CTIA also supports making microUSB the standard data input/output port for mobile devices. CTIA president Steve Largent said, "By simplifying input and output features on mobile devices, economies of scale will reduce consumers' costs." The goal is to have both 3.5mm headset jacks and microUSB ports standard features on all phones by January 2012.

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Oct 8, 2009, 9:25 AM

Good! Maybe HTC will get the hint...

Mini-USB sucks for audio output!!!!!!
I can't recall exactly where, but I did see a statement from HTC saying everything from the Hero onward would have a 3.5mm jack. That would have applied to everything in their dev pipeline, so within a few months, we should see only 3.5mm headsets co...

Oct 8, 2009, 12:10 PM

This doesn't make any sense

The 2.5mm jack on most phones which have it is for a mono earpiece and microphone, and those headsets are all over the planet for dirt-cheap prices.

Stereo headphones for music are 3.5mm, but that's not the same kind of device. 3.5mm voice headsets are probably much LESS common than 2.5mm.
CTIA is becoming more out of touch with the consumer.

3.5mm has a form and function problem (too big, only audio).

If they want to be forward thinking: 2 microUsb ports (data and audio). People are buying either, cheap headphones (jack doesn't m...
Unfortunatly that's true. I have a Nokia N95 that has a 3.5 jack and I would like an earpiece that is the same as the ones that fit in 2.5 jacks for my N95. But I can't find one.
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