Bluetooth hands free mobile phone option from Plantronics is still
the best hands free option for V8 enthusiasts
Plantronics handsfree headset with Bluetooth (M2300) we reviewed in
January 2005 has proved to be a popular mobile phone option for V8
enthusiasts. It is a very flexibile unit - it can be transferred from
car to car - and low cost. Well now the headset has been improved
slightly and a new model is available - the M2500 - but it
appears identical. The improvement is an extended talk time of up
to 5 hours compared with up to 3 hours with the M2300 and 120 hours
on standby which is a week of waking hours. Our best buy recommendation
is now £29.99 from The Link chain. Our previous
best buy from Carphone Warehouse no longer applies as their price
has risen to £39.95.
hands free mobile phone arrangement
for an MGBGTV8 or MGRV8 is a Plantronics M2500 Bluetooth headset with
a Halfords windscreen suction pad mobile phone holder
Plantronics Mobile Headset with Bluetooth (M2500) fits behind
the user's ear and has no wires to connect to the mobile phone. The
connection uses a Bluetooth radio link, so
you will need a mobile phone that supports Bluetooth devices, like
a Nokia 6210.
Mobile phone holder
To complete the hands free set up, you need a holder for the mobile
phone. One of the most convenient for an MGBGTV8 or MG RV8 is a mobile
phone holder which fixes to the windscreen with a suction pad.
The Suction Pad Mobile
Phone Holder is made in Germany and has been available at a
modest price of £14.99 including VAT online from Halfords
(delivery extra) and in their stores at that price so is good value.
The holder is on a flexible stalk so is infinitely adjustable. The
suction pad is simply pressed firmly to the screen and then a lever
arm on the fitting is moved down which creates the suction. The mobile
phone is placed between the padded jaws of a clamp on the holder and
then the clamp is squeezed together to hold the phone.
There is a side button at the bottom left hand edge to release
the jaws of the clamp so you can remove the phone when you leave the
Suction Pad Mobile Phone Holder
Headset with Bluetooth (M2500) is a small, lightweight device
with no wires between the earpiece and the mobile phone. There is
a small boom microphone on the top of which is a small button to control
The controls are very simple: Main switch which turns the device
on (1), a status light (2) which glows green when the
headset is active, and switch on the top of the boom microphone (3)
which enables the user to accept calls and then switch off the phone
at the end of the call. A double click on the button (3) redials
the last number which is a very useful feature. Reception is good
in the car and the unit is comfortable to wear around the ear. Note
the numbering of the controls on the diagram above differs from that
in the next column - an example of how confusing the instructions
The M2500 headset has a rechargeable battery, a range of 10 metres
(32 ft), talk time of up to 5 hours, and stand-by time of up to 120
hours. Once the headset is configured to work with a Bluetooth compatible
mobile phone (probably takes less than 5 minutes), the headset can
then be switched on very easily so the Bluetooth link set up in a
matter of seconds. In becomes second nature after just a few times.
This continues to be by far the best mobile phone option for V8
enthusiasts reviewed so far - it needs no modification to an MGV8
and it is portable from car to car!
is a recent standard for low power wireless (radio signal)
communication between equipment. It operates over a few metres
and carries digital data both ways at high speed. The clever
part is the way that different items of equipment detect the
presence of each other and set up communication protocols
automatically without the user's intervention - rather like
a kind of a robot finding your equipment as it's switched
on and setting up cable interconnections for you, and switching
them round as you use or need the different items. As far
as the user is concerned, the various items of equipment just
work together and they are blissfully unaware of the complexity
required to make it so easy!
(Source: Bob Owen 2.2.05)
Links to other mobile phone webpages
Mobile1 - new mobile phone law
Mobile2 - survey of handsfree
Mobile3 - Clip-N-Go option
Mobile4 - V8 mobile phone option
Mobile5 - Bluetooth mobile
Mobile 6 - Improved Plantronics headset
Mobile 7 - M2300 "best buy"
you set up the Plantronics Bluetooth headset with a mobile phone that
As with many telecoms
gadgets these days, setting them up is not always immediately straightforward
and the instructions often miss a crucial stage! Well if you are setting
up the M2500 with a Nokia 6210 mobile phone, you may find the following
Charge up the headset using the charger (7). The status indicator
(5) will change from red to green when the headset is fully charged.
Press and hold the multi-function dial (4) on the headset for
two seconds to turn the headset on. When it is on, the status indicator
(5) will flash green. Latter as the battery runs low with use, the
status indicator will flash red.
Before using the headset for the first time you must pair it
with your Bluetooth mobile phone. Instructions for specific models
of Bluetooth mobile phone can be found at the Plantronics website
but for the Nokia 6210 the procedure is as follows.
1. Turn on the headset using the procedure above and your phone
in the usual way.
2. Place the headset and mobile phone in the pairing position
and then hold down the call control button (2) and at the same time
rotate the multi-function dial (4) upwards. Release both the button
and dial when the status indicator (5) begins to flash in cycles "red
then green - red then green - etc".
3. Move to the Bluetooth selection on the mobile phone menu
- simply click on the "menu" and then scroll down to the
Bluetooth sub-menu, click on Bluetooth, then click the down button
in the Bluetooth sub-menu to "search for audio accessories".
Press "select" whereupon the phone will search for devices
and after a short delay the "M2500" will come up. Press
"select" when the phone will connect to the M2500 headset.
Upon returning to the main screen you will see the Bluetooth symbol
in the top lefthand corner and the headset symbol in the middle of
the bottom of the screen. This coinfirms you are set up. You can now
make and receive calls.
Note - scrolling down the Bluetooth sub-menu is the key to getting
these devices to work so carefully following these instructions here
could save you an evening of frustration and a visit the following
day to The Link!
4. To answer an incominng call simply press and release the
call control button (2) and to end the call, press it again.
5. To make an outgoing call, press the keyboard on the mobile
phone (held in front of you in the clamp of the holder) - either the
green call button to show the most recent calls and select the number
and press the green call button gain. The number will be heard dialling
up through the headset and on connection you can speak.
6. To call the number you last called, simply press the call
control button (2) twice and the connection is made automatically.
This is a very convenient system so if you know you will need to call
a number, simply dialling it before you start driving will mean you
can call that number later with minimum distraction using the double
click method - provided of course you have not made another call beforehand!
If you have, then follow the procedure in 5. above.
7. You can raise or lower the volume in your earpiece during
a call by moving the multi-function dial up for louder and down for
do you use the headset and mobile phone once it has been set up?
Once you have done the initial set up, then using the headset
with your mobile phone thereafter is very straightforward. Each time
you get into your V8 you simply run through the following routine.
1. Leave the mobile phone Bluetooth setting on permanently
because when the headset is turned off, the mobile phone operates
in the usual way. So there is no need to keep changing that setting.
2. Pop the mobile phone in the holder and squeeze the side
clamps together to ensure the phone is secure.
3. Turn the headset on by holding the mutli-function dial (4)
down for up to a count of seven.
4. Rotate the multi-function dial (4) upwards and press the call
control button (2) at the same time and then release both. It
is best to rotate the dial first and then as you hold it in that position,
briefly press the button.
5. Finally press the call control button (2) again briefly
whereupon you will hear a bleep and the screen on your mobile phone
will indicate the connection is being made. Once that is done you
should see in the mobile phone screen a small symbol which looks like
a pair of headphones which tells you the Bluetooth connection is made
and the headset and phone are successfully linked.
6. Check the volume in the usual way as quite often the volume
seems to slip down to a low setting. In a V8 you will need a fairly
high volume setting so you can hear a caller clearly as the background
burble of the V8 together with the relatively loose fiting of the
headset's small microphone (3) in your ear tends to mask a quiet caller's
7. Place the headset over and behind your ear with the small
boom sticking forward and then handsfree kit is ready for use.
8. Click the call control button (2) once to receive an incoming
call or twice to call the last number you called. The last function
is very convenient as it causes the minimum distraction whilst you
are driving. To ensure the number is there, you simply make a call
to that number before you set off driving and then it is your last
dialled number so the double click recall facility works so easily.
the headset off, simply hold down the multi-function dial (4)
for up to a count of five or so when the status light will turn from
green and flash red (possibly with a squeak) and then go out indicating
the headset is turned off.
Posted on 21.12.05