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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 Matt | Mar 11, 2007 3:25:50 PM

I have a Motorola H700 and Treo 650 - Alltel but the sound quality/volume sucks on the other end, I called a few people and none of them could hear me; some not all, others very softly.

Another issue I have is answering calls with the "Flip"; it inconsistently answers if I open it while it is ringing, but it never transfers the call after I answer the phone and want to transfer the call to the headset.

To respond to some of the other peoples issues: Did you have the headset closed and hold the button until it lit up purple before pairing it?

Also I know with the 650 that hold/mute does not work regardless of the headset, I am not sure if that applies to the 700, look in your manual...

by Timothy Maxwell | Mar 12, 2007 2:43:54 AM

This headset simply works better than any other bluetooth headset that I have owned. It connects with your phone when the phone rings every time! I have owned the Plantronics 650 [disconnects from phone when not on a call], and several other motorolla sets, but this one really works well. Good sound clarity on both ends. Some complain about a muffled sound on the other end as a result of the mike resting on your face. This results when the earpiece is not properly seated on your ear. Also, this could also be the result of the variety of shapes that we all come in. But one thing is for sure, if you want to buy an earpiece that just performs the way you would expect, EVERY TIME, buy this earpiece.

by aphillyboy2hu | Apr 17, 2007 2:54:50 AM

i just bought the h700 and i think its fine... i really dont have anything to compare it to. i wanted to say for some reason now its asking for a passkey before it pairs up but i dnt know what is. can anyone help me out. ive tried reseting my phone but im not trying to do the hard reset that cleans out my whole phone. is there anything i can do??

by Confusedd | May 5, 2007 9:35:24 AM

I have my H700 and my bluetooth phone and when i open the boom the bluetooth opens and waits for a PIN number and i have no idea how to find that help?

by Redz | Jul 14, 2007 9:01:21 PM

I got the same TREO 650 and the H700 Moto headset and it to ask for passkey not even on the box or reciept anyone got both to work correctly ? let me know

by Jon | Jul 19, 2007 10:06:28 PM

I had no trouble pairing VZW 700W but can't get it to operate with the power flip or consistently auto-pair. Any updates on these issues? Thanks.

by Jeff | Jul 26, 2007 1:14:15 PM

try passkey 0000

by Paul Folkes | Jul 28, 2007 4:14:45 PM

I cant get my motorola h700 to work on my samsumg sph-500 how can i get it to work

by Dan | Aug 1, 2007 12:19:36 PM

I recently purchased an H700 for use on my Palm Treo 700p. It works fine for making and receiving calls. But, one big problem; no one can hear me. They all say I sound very faint even though I'm really yelling into the headset. Don't know of any resolution to the problem and can't seem to locate the issue on any 'net sites. May have to return it to the dealer, which is sad 'cause otherwise I really like it. Fits very well to my ear; can hardly feel it's there!

by craig | Aug 21, 2007 2:48:17 PM

lost instructions on how to pair my motorola h700 with my treo 700. if you know how, or know where to go online any info would be vey much appreciated


by Mark R. | Oct 26, 2007 1:40:29 PM

I bought the H700 for my 755p, and after searching the Net to figure out how to force it into pairing mode, it initially worked just fine (to pair, hold down the multi-function button until the light comes on purple; flip the boom out while holding the button down and the purple light should stay on). I paired the headset with the phone and the Powerflip feature worked.

HOWEVER, Palm then replaced my 755p (battery life had been terrible, about 12 hours standby). The Powerflip feature does not work with the new 755p. Basically, after flipping out the boom, I still have to push the Multifunction button to answer the call; likewise, closing the flip does not end the call.

Here's the apparently critical difference. Experimenting with the two units, I found that, with the 755p power off, no call in progress, my old 755p will wake when I flip the boom out and light up, but the new one will not.

I contacted Palm tech support, and the tech told me that the H700 is not supported by the 755p, and some 755p's will work with it, and some won't. What headsets are supported, I asked. The Palm Treo headset, the tech said.

Could this be a mod they made to incrase battery life? Any thoughts on this, Andrew or anyone?


by Travis | Nov 10, 2007 12:28:16 AM

My 755p will not pairwith my H700... It kick back a bluetooth secuity error saying "unable to add Motorola H700 to your trusted device list." But it never asks for a passkey!

by Treo650User | Dec 3, 2007 6:05:58 PM

If you are still having trouble PAIRING your Treo 650 AND the Motorola H700 bluetooth Headset, try the following method:

Prior to attending this step, MAKE SURE you have DELETED any other bluetooth devices from your Treo 650 phone.

To pair the Motorola, turn off the bluetooth headset first, then hold down the Call button until the LED ring turns purple (on the H700 bluetooth device), quickly open the boom (flip the bluetooth open) so that the LED stays solid purple, the headset is now in pairing mode. (This is important to understand, as your bluetooth device is now ready to be paired).

Use your mobile phone to discover and pair with the headset using “0000” as the default pass code. You should now be able to successfully PAIR the two devices (the Treo 650 and the Motorola H700 bluetooth device).

The connection between the phone and the headset should now be solid.

Red this CAREFULLY, before posting anymore questions. The instructions above ONLY worked with Treo 650 device and the H700 Bluetooth headset.

Hope this helps!

by Duracorr2000 | Jan 6, 2008 5:02:39 PM

I was given a Motorola H700 to use with my Treo 680 (AT&T). The pairing process appears to work, with the H700 showing as a trusted device, but it just doesn't work. I can't make or receive calls using the headset. The Treo works well with my Handsfree Link to my car, but doesn't seem to work at all with the headset. It is on Palm's compatibility list.

Has anyone had success using a Treo 680 with an H700? If so, how?

by kim | Jan 10, 2008 9:14:45 PM

Have Treo 755 and Motorola H700. Forgot my pass key to pair devices. Tried 0000, 00000, 000000, 1234, nothing works. What now?

by Jesse | Mar 6, 2008 2:09:27 PM

I have a Trep 700p and Moto H700, had to delete and repair the device again: held button till purple, flipped out mic and let it fond the device, found and used pw 0000 (number zero). I notice this tme the Bluetooth "B" in the top display of my Treo changed to a blue headset...and now working?????

by Jesse | Mar 6, 2008 2:10:23 PM

I have a Treo 700p (Sprint) and Moto H700, had to delete and repair/find the device again: held button till purple, flipped out mic and let it find the device again, found and used pw 0000 (number zero). I notice this tme the Bluetooth "B" in the top display of my Treo changed to a blue headset...and now working?????

by Alana | Mar 15, 2008 8:01:08 PM

What is the trick for getting the voice dial function on the H700 to work with the Treo 650? Could it be in conflict with the VoiceSignal loaded on the Treo?

by Frank Clark | Mar 26, 2008 11:22:31 AM

Hello...I carry to cellphones, a Treo 700P for personal and a Motorola LG 5200 for business. I have a Plantronics Discovery 650 multi point bluetooth headset. I constantly have to pair the Treo 700P. It keeps breaking the pairing. I tried to delete the device and add it again. Does anyone have any suggestions?


by romany | Apr 12, 2008 6:35:30 PM

I think you have to update your firmware to 1.05 (verizon). I installed this recently on the 650 and noticed the new option for the car kit. I hope this helps.

by PEACHES | Jun 7, 2008 11:51:20 PM


by Bruce | Jun 21, 2008 9:46:46 PM

My experience is the same as Lalny above (13) I can get the headset to pair ok but the sound quality is terrible. A huge amount of static and I can hardly be heard by the person on the other end of the call.

by Mike | Jun 24, 2008 7:00:14 PM

I not long ago purchased a H700 for me and my wife's phone the sprint palm, and we are having problems where the we have alot of static, plus when you talk the volume is low and the person on the other end is reporting that I am breaking up, is there anyway we can fix this problem?

by thomas | Oct 24, 2008 1:05:51 AM

does any one have the code to pair
palm treo 680 with motorola h700
i have tired 0000 , 1234 with no luck
it has worked for me before , not any more

by Adrian | Nov 6, 2008 4:44:00 PM

I just went to Sprint store because my treo 700p lost its pairing with my H700. The instructions for the H700 say to turn off the bluetooth on the phone and then close and open the H700. What the guy at the store did was close the H700 and then hold the middle button of the H700 until it turned purple. This is not documented. I hope this helps someone.

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