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by asLeepLessman    Jun 30, 2009, 11:56 AM

Hello everyone. I wrote a review on this phone back when it 1st came out. Recently someone asked me a question about Stereo Bluetooth. Sadly i deleted the email and was not able to respond to the questions i was asked. I would like to take this time to talk about it in hopes that the person who asked me the question will read this and possibly help others who have had the same concern.

4 months later and yes....I still have and love my 8900. I have tried many other phones in the meantime (from Feb till now) and still, the 8900 outshines them 2-1 on pros vs cons.

The question at hand is about StereoBluetooth. I currently use a Stereo Bluetooth Cardo Headset. The headset works flawlessly with my phone. After pairing back in Feb I have not re-paired the device with my phone. No need. It has been stored and connects with my phone without any effort. I also have a home Blackberry Remote Stereo Gatway (allows me to play the music on my phone wirelessly on my home stereo) which works flawlessly also (something cool i just noticed, if you leave your Stereo Gatway device on, and you have no other bluetooth device active, when you approach your door to enter your home - depending how far away the stereo is - your stereo will auto connect and you'll be listening to the music playing on your phone as you walk into the house, coming from your stereo). Never mind that now though.

So, my Cardo Headset.... The sound is clear and crisp. The 8900 responds to the commands of the Headset without delay (skip forward and back, volume, mute and answer end calls). When a call comes in, it pauses the music, you can then accept or decline the call. If you accept, the music will stop and will continue back from where it stopped after you end the call. If you decline, the song will continue from where it paused as well. The headset works with all features on the phone, from music to movies and you-tube. The headset does not slow down the phone in anyway and all though it is a headset in design, it is 1st and foremost a bluetooth device. So wearing it in the car could be debated as "you cant wear a headset" but the debate loses in court. Its a hands-free bluetooth device that happens to take on the shape of a headset.

When speaking to someone, you hear them on both sides of the speakers. So at 1st, lol, you'll feel weird. That weird feeling leaves after a few uses and becomes kinda cool. My wife does have trouble hearing me in crowded areas (malls, outside when its raining or if I'm in the middle of a group conversation) but the trouble isn't so much "hearing me" as it is "hearing me loud and clear". She can make out everything I'm saying but not as smooth as when I'm in normal conditions (car, walking alone, in the store, ect).

All in all, there aren't many "good" phones that support Stereo Bluetooth. Not to take credit from the ones that do, but, my experience with this phone has been the best thus far when compared to others. Push email, internet (even on edge), text messaging, picture messages, speaker quality, resolution, keyboard, track wheel, custom side buttons, video and music playback, battery life and function accessibility together with Stereo Bluetooth and RIM's name Brand supporting...the 8900 is still top notch with only future phones in its category. Sorry behold, g1 and memoir owners....this phones #1.

Thanks for reading and i hope ive answered your question. In closing, although i use Cardo i have seen other headsets, so dont feel compelled to find a Cardo, shop around. Gl & Ty.

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