Skype and Bluetooth with my Treo
As I had previously written, Skype apparently have no intention to support their Skype Mobile service for our Treo. However, I recently met two close friends of Skype founder and CEO Niklas Zennstrom and they each promised that they would advocate the Treonauts cause of ‘Skype Mobile for our Treo’ to him. I don’t know if or when they might succeed in doing this but at least we’re trying…
As I had mentioned a little while ago, I upgraded my Acer laptop (the one that was driving me nuts with its fan noise) to a Sony VAIO (which is nearly silent) but one of the things that I lost in the process was the built-in Bluetooth functionality. I therefore first had to get a separate Bluetooth USB adapter to enable BT connectivity to my Treo headset.
I got the Lanso USB Bluetooth Adapter and installed the dedicated Bluetooth software that came with the package. After experiencing a few problems during setup, a little online research led me to the updated Lanso drivers. I uninstalled the old drivers and installed the new ones after which everything worked just fine and I was ready to test Skype with my BT headset.
After pairing the headset with a PC its ‘Bluetooth Headset Service’ profile becomes active and therefore enables you to use your Treo BT headset as both an audio input and output device.
The second step (if you already have Skype installed on your PC) is simply to select Skype’s ‘Tools > Options’ menu and then change the ‘Sound Devices’ Audio In and Audio Out to ‘Bluetooth Audio’.
Once this setup is complete you can easily take an inbound Skype call by pressing the ‘Call Answer’ button on your Treo headset and then also on the Skype console. For outbound calls you start by pressing the ‘Call Answer’ button on the Treo headset and then simply dial out to any of your Skype contacts.
I previously had a cheap generic microphone attached to my PC for Skype calls but I always found it to be a hassle both because of the cables and the fact that I had to stay sitting in front of my PC all the time. Now with the BT adapter and my Treo Wireless Headset I have the freedom to roam up to 10 meters away from my PC with excellent audio quality and best of all free Skype calls from PC to PC and cheap PC to phone.
You might also be wondering what happens if you have BT enabled on both your Treo and PC at the same time. Well, I was glad to discover that you can receive calls to your Treo headset from either your PC or your Treo without any problem but naturally you can’t handle two calls at the same time.
There’s no doubt that until the day that Skype Mobile becomes available for our Treo this will be the next best thing for me.
Treonauts are starting to love Bluetooth…