Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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Finally Got My iPhone setup with Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (for both music and call)


[20 November] Finally found the solution in using my Bluetooth headphones with my iPhone for both music listening and call features. After weeks of browsing through numerous iPhone related forums, found a thread which indicated that an old Bluetooth dongle from Infinxx, the icombi AP21 works wonder with the iPhone. With the help of Frankie over at tomatomobile, I finally got hold of one last night and been testing it out today, and WOOT, it works with my Plantronics Pulsar 590A as well as my Philips SHB7100 Bluetooth headphones. Too bad I lost my Jabra BT8010 couple weeks ago or I’ll get to test that one out too.

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My iPhone with the Infinxx icombi AP21

This combination been working flawlessly (it’s a pain pairing them up tho as the connection drops quite often after each use), only thing which boggles me is why this solution is not well covered by others, still seems to be a well kept secret, LOL.

For instructions on pairing the icombi AP21, your iPhone and your Bluetooth headphones, check out the following vid and the related post from everythingiCafe discussion forum as I am not going to repeat the steps here, hehe.

Post from everythingiCafe discussion forum – http://www.everythingicafe.com/forum/bluetooth/iphone-support-a2dp-2957.html.

[Updated: 23 November] Been getting a lot of queries in regarding the pairing problem.  After intensive testing the past 2 days, I noticed that the connection between the Bluettoth headphones and iPhone and the icombi AP21 could dropped after successfully paired if -

  • for incoming calls, you choose to answer with the iPhone instead of the Bluetooth headphones; and
  • you changed to different set of Bluetooth headphones

If that is the case, a reboot of the iPhone is needed to refresh the connection and the steps to it as follow -

  1. turn the Bluetooth headphones off
  2. unplug icombi AP21
  3. turn off iPhone
  4. restart iPhone
  5. turn on Bluetooth headphones (the Bluetooth sign on top of the iPhone menu bar should lit up indicating connection been made)
  6. plug in icombi AP21
  7. press “No” when the airplane mode menu pops
  8. wait for the beep sound thru the Bluetooth headphones indicating connection with the icombi AP21 been made

 That’s it, you should be set, once again.  Hope this helps, email me or drop comments if there’s further queries.

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November 23, 2007 - Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Bluetooth, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobility, Music, Video | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. [...] Read the rest of this great post here [...]

    Pingback by iPhone » Blog Archive » Finally Got My iPhone setup with Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (for both music and call) | November 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey,
    Thanks for your awesome review!! I was actually wonder what the icombi docking part looks like. (look down on top of the part that connects to te ipod) I have an excellet case for ymy Ipod Video, but it only leave a smal gap for connecting it to PC, just bigger than that male end that goes into the ipod. Do you think that the male end is long enough to work over a hard case? Thanks again!

    Comment by Tom | December 22, 2007 | Reply

  3. If it has the slot opening, it should fit. How thick is the case? It worked with my silicon case.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | December 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. I am having alot of problems pairing my s9 headset with the icombi ap21, can anyone help me?

    Comment by yo | February 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. 5. See if this works – detach you AP21, then set your s9 in pairing mode, conncect the AP21, then it should be paired.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  6. [...] on new data fetching and had location services on.  As for headphones, I used my Bluetooth dongle (icombi AP21) most of the time together with my Plantronics Voyager 855 or Philips SHB7100 Bluetooth [...]

    Pingback by My iPhone Review - Part 1 - The Lag « Hong Kong Tech Phooey | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  7. [...] The first is iCombi AP21. Priced at USD44. Read review. [...]

    Pingback by Yamiya Photography » Post Topic » Solving iPhone A2DP Myth | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  8. Got myself the voyager 855 and ap23 dongle combo.Is any1 facing this bug were you able to solve it, btw i’m using a jailbroken iphone 3g if that matters

    1)ap23 and 855 are linked(Bt connection estb) to one another and are linked to the iphone. when you dial out, ipod app is launched and it auto plays your first song in ascending alphabetical order. music plays in the backgrd as you hear the audio from the phone call. has this happened to any1? did you manage to solve it? i’ve tried repairing , restarting …doesnt help…

    Comment by bobo | February 22, 2009 | Reply


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