Dear Lazyweb, I need a (wired) headset for a mobile phone?
For the most part, I love my new mobile phone. But there are a few issues. By far the worst is the headset supplied by Nokia, which is basically not usable. So I want a new one.
I tried locally. The mobile phone shops have nothing; the general electrical shop has headphones that might or might not be compatible, given an appropriate adapter for the jack. Neither I nor the shopkeeper know how to find out.
It’s got to be wired, as it serves as arial for FM radio reception. If it includes microphone capability that’s a small bonus, but not important: I really only want it to listen to the radio: I’m perfectly happy to use the phone in the old-fashioned manner to speak.
I can’t just use any-old-headset: the plug is a lot smaller than the conventional 3.5mm jack, and has an extra (microphone) channel. Also I expect the right impedance matters to radio reception, and power consumption may also matter. Nokia’s website lists compatible headsets, but it’s really the kind of thing I’d rather buy in a shop having seen them than online.
So what I really need is an idea of what to look out for and where to look. If I see a headset with the right jack, how near am I to being confident it’ll work with the phone?