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Motorola H700 Bluetooth Wireless Headset: Now Completely Won Over

I recently got the new Dolce & Gabbana Limited Edition Motorola H700 Bluetooth headset pictured above right to test. 

Aside from having a printed “DG” logo as well as a gold finish this Limited Edition headset is identical in all other respects to the standard Motorola H700 (pictured above left) which I had reviewed a few months ago (see Two Great New BT Headsets).  Additionally, where the standard Motorola H700 is extremely well priced at only $69.95 the Limited Edition version comes in at a significantly steeper cost of $119.95 – but I guess that this is what one must pay for the added ‘exclusivity’…

While the H700’s design, technology and performance have always been excellent – placing this headset among the top 5 bestselling headsets for the Treo – the real breakthrough on this occasion came from a tip that I received from a Treonaut [many thanks Treo Nick].  He wrote about how he had accidentally been able to figure out how to make the H700’s unique “PowerFlip” (open boom below) work with his Treo 650.

What he found is that if you select “Car Kit” instead of “Headset” (see below right) when first pairing with your Treo 650 you will thereafter be able to use the H700’s PowerFlip to answer calls [something which should work automatically with your Treo 700w and Treo 700p]. 

I have to admit that I consider the H700’s “PowerFlip” to possibly be one of the single most innovative features of any Bluetooth headset – something which ranks up there with Palm’s fabulously simple “Ringer Switch” for the Treo when it comes to ingeniousness.

The H700’s PowerFlip offers four key benefits:

  1. It conserves battery power as it automatically switches off when closed
  2. It allows you to conveniently answer a call by simply flipping the boom open
  3. It avoids the embarrassing issue of screaming at your callers when the audio is being diverted to the headset… (see Silent Conversations With A Blueetooth Headset)
  4. It helps to make the H700 the single most “pocketable” of any BT headsets

Additionally, I particularly like the fact that the H700 is an ‘on-ear’ instead of an ‘in-ear’ headset.  Also that it offers an extremely ‘solid’ construction when compared to the JX10 whose ear loop has a bad habit of falling off or breaking and the Discovery 645/655 which also see the ear gels all too often coming off.

The only thing where I can truly fault in the H700 package (above) is the lack of a USB cable (mini B) with which you could simply charge your headset via your PC – it’s annoying and pretty stupid of Motorola not to have added this.

Leaving aside the lack of a USB cable, overall I have to admit that I have now been completely won over by the Motorola H700 – a headset which at $69.95 probably offers the very best value with few if any compromises.   I have in fact been so impressed – particularly by the pocketability and PowerFlip (which I absolutely LOVE) – that I have actually decided to switch from my Jabra JX10 (pictured below left) and make the H700 my #1 BT headset...

Finally, below is a comparative chart of the Motorola H700 with the other four bestselling Treo headsets:


Treonauts always like to win

Posted by Andrew on August 28, 2006 at 01:07 PM

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by George Harper | Aug 28, 2006 2:14:25 PM

I have both a H700 and a PALM 700W. Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be an option when you pair the two for the 'carkit'. I haven't consistently figured out how to get the H700 to answer the call if I have it "flipped" off.

When I open it, it doesn't answer the phone call. Instead, I have to hit the answer button on the headset -- and, there seems to be a delay in the process before it answers the call.

Or, maybe I'm doing something wrong.

by Mikev | Aug 29, 2006 2:32:52 AM

I do have the same problem. Just tried to pair my Motorola again (after having deleted it first from the "trusted devices").

But i dont't get the option to choose between headset or carkit. I do have the latest treo 650 update running (v1.20).

Can some please help, because being able to answer calls with the flip would be great! Thanks.

by andrew | Aug 29, 2006 5:32:24 AM

Mikev - I also use the v1.20 software.

Please try to delete from trusted devices > reset your Treo > pair again > reset again and see if this works.

Cheers, A.

by Mikev | Aug 29, 2006 8:03:51 AM


I've done what you suggested. But no choice for carkit or headset yet. I get the following when i perform the setup wizard: it finds my motorola headset (i have the HS850), then i have to enter a passkey and then the setup is done. So no choice for carket or headset. Where do you get this choice??


by andrew | Aug 29, 2006 8:29:23 AM

Mikev - sorry but you'll have to upgrade to the H700 for this to work as it will not function with your HS850...

Cheers, A.

by Brian Miller | Aug 29, 2006 1:13:41 PM


I have not been able to get the PowerFlip to work at all with my Treo 700W. I've tried it on 3 separate units with no success. Any ideas?


by Treofrog | Aug 29, 2006 5:03:26 PM

I had a Treo Party a week ago and I had these in the party bag and a krusell case and some other Nick-knacks I was having a party because i was happy about my Treo collection 3 Treo 700w, 2 Treo 650's, and a Treo 700p. :) :0 =) Party!!!!!


by Treofrog | Aug 29, 2006 5:06:26 PM

ops, I forgot to say how many attended from work

129 peoples and some dogs anyway :) :o =)



by Beth | Aug 31, 2006 8:50:48 PM

Hi there, I just got the H700 and am also not seeing the screen on my 650 to choose headset or carkit. Any ideas?

by Houston | Sep 13, 2006 5:17:02 AM


received my Moto H700 yesterday. Tried it out in the car this morning. The volume is too low to understand anything while driving in the car (okay, at 90 mph, but this should work even under this conditions). Does anybody know how to boost the volume beyond the maximum setting on the headset?


by Chris | Sep 19, 2006 9:53:13 AM

It sounds like a wonderful headset. Can anyone tell me if it will allow me to listen to my audible audiobooks as well? I spend more time each day listening to books than on phone calls. I'd like to give up my wired headset but the Palm website implies a bluetooth headset is only for the phone features and audible is mute on the subject.

by Katie | Sep 20, 2006 1:04:13 PM

I did see a carkit option at some point on the setup with the H700 & a Treo 650, but my boss & I are having extreme problems getting it to work. Perhaps operator error, but it keeps disconnecting or not connecting, there is static, etc. ALso it seems like his phone locks up now.

Of course Motorola doesn't know how it works with a Sprint Treo & Sprint doesn't know how Motorola works or compatibility... Let the games begin.

by LALNY | Sep 27, 2006 3:18:03 AM

I recently purchased the Motorola H700. I hate it. I mean it's totally cool to look at (I get to feel all Star Treky), and it is extremely comfortable and easy to use, BUT, the problem is that it barely works with my Treo 650. Unless it is within 6 inches of the phone, the sound coming from the headset is completely full of static. No one can hear what I am saying either. When I am holding the phone close enough to the headset for it to function (and then what's the point of having a wireless headset?), the volume is still too low to be heard over anything but total surrounding silence. So, I am extremely disappointed. I am open to any tips you other Treonauts have to offer though...

by andrew | Sep 27, 2006 2:45:02 PM

Lalny - I have also found that on occasion the Bluetooth connection between my headset and my Treo 'breaks'. I have managed to solve this by deleting my H700 from 'Trusted Devices' in Bluetooth setup and the pairing it again.

I hope this helps.

Cheers, A.

by Craig | Oct 8, 2006 11:20:24 AM

I couldn't get my H700 to work with my Treo 650 until I changed a setting. In the Bluetooth settings I went to options and I chose (Enable device name cache). After that it worked but I'm getting static so I might return it.

by Andy D | Oct 30, 2006 9:39:40 PM

THANKS ANDREW! Your post on pairing the Treo650 with the H700 worked perfectly. I bought an H700, couldn't get the calls to pick up, traded for a new headset at the Sprint store, but no luck. Below worked perfectly ..... Delete the H700 from trusted devices > reset your Treo > pair again > reset again and magic. The headset/car kit selection has come up as a choice each time I paired. I'm running v 1.13a so I hope it works after I upgrade to v 1.2

by Sze | Nov 3, 2006 11:48:20 AM

i have the 700p w/the H700 headset.. trying to use the method as explained by Andy D, but doesn't seem to work.. what am i suppose to do after the last "reset again and magic"?? do i delete and add the device again now?? please assist, the ability to answer a call w/the flip of the boom mike is one of the great things (if it'll work) about this headset.. thanks!!

by FishMD | Nov 15, 2006 5:15:18 PM

Has anyone gotten this to work with v1.2, and if so, how (talkin about the power flip). Please let me know.

by william | Dec 2, 2006 6:39:21 PM

I have had the same problem. As far as I can tell, the problem seems to be related to interference. I'm sitting in a conference hall right now and the headset won't connect. 50 yards away it was fine. At my home office I have a wireless router and it never connects there, but down the hallway it works fine. It is distressing that it seems so vulnerable to interference...does anyone know if other wireless headsets are more reliable and robust across environments?

by nando | Dec 21, 2006 5:51:55 PM

has anyone tried to use this headset with the 680? does the power flip work if set up as a 'headset' and not 'carkei'

by melissa | Dec 25, 2006 11:10:15 AM

well I have been thru 3 of these little buggers and though I love them when they work they rarely work consistently. so I am going to try the jabra jx10 next. I have a 700w. Now my friend has a 650 and his works great with it. he can use the handsfree answer and everything.

by Will | Jan 13, 2007 4:23:54 PM

Hello All,

I am hoping for some help. I recently bought the Motorola H700 for my Treo 650. I can not get it to pair with my Treo. When I called Motorola, they sent me to Palm who said that it was not compatible. Is this accurate and if not, how do I get it to pair?
Any help would be outstanding.

Thanks All

by Nuge | Jan 26, 2007 10:42:29 AM

First, Andrew, thanks for a great site.

I bought a 700p (PCS) and received the H700 as a gift, and I love the H700 when it works correctly. However, maybe I'm not as savvy as I'd like to think I am. If I turn off Bluetooth on the Treo to extend battery life, when I turn it back on, even though the Treo recognizes the H700 and claims it's connected (Bluetooth icon on Treo changes to a headphone icon), when I make a call the headset doesn't receive or transmit audio. I have to do a soft reset in order to get that working again.

Additionally, the H700 doesn't consistently answer calls when I open the PowerFlip, or when I try to use its last number redial function. I haven't gotten the hold/mute function to work at all.

Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone else experienced these issues? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

by Thomas Ogletree | Jan 26, 2007 8:01:28 PM

I'm in the same boat with the pairing of the 650 to the H700. I'm on Sprint. Installed the latest update today. 1.13a. It sees the H700 but cannot accept it to the seccure devices? Are there security settings some where?

by Jeano | Feb 8, 2007 4:06:52 PM

I bought an H700 to use with my 700P Treo. The H700 would not pair at all with my Treo. The Spring store tech sent back my Treo and ordered a new one for me. The new one paired for a while, but now the H700 will not pair with my Treo at all. Is there something I can do, short of taking my Treo back again to the Sprint store? Is there an inherent problem with these two devices pairing with each other?

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