Bluetooth is Dead, Long Live Bluetooth

14 July 2006

It's funny to see articles today exclaiming how 55 million bluetooth headsets will ship this year, when just 3 years ago, everyone knew it was dead.

I've been using bluetooth for its mobile data networking since about the time of its death, and I really was concerned for a bit -- there weren't many bluetooth phones from which to choose, and the ones that did exist were considerably more expensive. Today, it's much more common, since everyone wants the wireless hands-free kit. My next car will probably have bluetooth as well.

I'm very pleased that the personal-area-network has finally become useful for the normal people. Now I just hope that the manufacturers don't let the data side of the devices slip in favor of only supporting voice services, like some errant carriers try to do.


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