Bluetooth usage declines in U.S.

Bluetooth usage declines in U.S.
As hard to believe as it sounds, the number of U.S. Bluetooth owners that are everyday users of their headsets is declining rapidly. Last year, Strategy Analytics found that 43% of those using the wireless devices had their ear covered each and every day. That figure has declined to 26% in 2009. Did cellphone users suddenly wake up to the way the device looked on them? "The style and design of the Bluetooth headset remains a pain point for consumers," said Chris Schreiner, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. "The number of Bluetooth headset owners that are satisfied with the style of their device dropped 27% since 2008." Some of the reason for the less frequent usage might also be related to the higher quality hands-free kits for cars that are now being sold.

And let's face it, many of today's newer cell models have so many different functions that require the user to glance at the screen. Web browsing, watching YouTube, streaming videos-these all take advantage of the amazing looking screens being produced today. And while you wouldn't want to look at the display while driving, you certainly might find yourself walking on the street or in the mall looking at your handset's display instead of just listening to audio via a Bluetooth headset.

source: StrategyAnalytics via EngadgetMobile



1. Fair&Balanced

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 29, 2009

Not to mention, Bluetooth service just sucks! The company that "invented" this disastrous, pathetic attempt at low power communications should be taken from the stock exchange and shot. Most vendors earpieces are garbage, to make the poorly designed service even worse. The batteries in them usually go bad within a couple of months and then you must buy another whole device. To make matters worse, you can't find wired headsets for cell phones anymore. BLUETOOTH: a waste of money no matter who makes the headset.

5. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Grow up and get with this century. Everything you said is completely NOT true, I am listenening to crystal clear stereo bluetooth right now with my phone 30 feet away and have been for 7 hours. Eat that! Fair&Balanced: A waste of my time no matter what he writes

9. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I agree with Quemical, although a lot of manufacturers do sell low quality products, you can still find a good quality bluetooth. You really get what you're paying for. As for the lack of wired headsets, check Wal Mart. I've seen them there pretty recently, I think you're looking the wrong places. If Bluetooth is such a failure, you should put together a better solution and sell it.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

don't you just hate the idiots who go around with bluetooth's in their ears to make themselves look important? there is no need for a jabra when you're in walmart!!! :-)

3. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

lol, Yea I know.... but a bluetooth handset does come when your in your car.

4. davidneary01

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 25, 2008

i hate bt headsets and idiot losers who wear them while in line at the grocery store..get a handsfree kit in your car and thro the bt headset don't look cool, you look like a tool.. dr. seuss

6. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

God forbid people actually USE a bluetooth for its intended purpose.

7. Vlondril

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 22, 2009

i know right quem? It seems that most people these days just dont apreciate the tech they have available at their disposal...i mean they might as well just live in the stone age and shout at each other....that might make them!!!

10. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Why does everyone need to hate on everybody else? I would say most people don't wear headsets to make them cool, instead they purchased them and use them for a purpose. I don't personally use one, but that's my personal choice. I don't have a need for one, a lot of people do.

8. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

The only time I ever used my bluetooth headset was in the car, and for me it was much easier to just plug in my wired headset and use that. With a five foot cord and my phone one foot from me, I have no need for a bluetooth headpiece.

11. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Although the use of Bluetooth headsets has declined, I would tend to think Bluetooth as technology is more widely used. I don't use headsets, as I have no need for the, but I do use Bluetooth for wireless tethering, file transfers, etc... Again, you can use a cord, but sometimes it's not convenient. If you're on a laptop and carrying it from one place to another, it's nice to have your phone in the holster and still maintain internet access.

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