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Jabra BT3030 Bluetooth Stereo Headset Review

I was rather curious to find out exactly why the new Jabra BT3030 pictured below has so rapidly climbed to become one of the Top 3 bestselling Bluetooth Stereo Headphones in our store. 

 Jabra BT3030 Jabra BT3030 - Back

The answer lies in the fact that the Jabra BT3030 offers a very cool new twist on the idea of wirelessly playing and controlling your music as well as answering calls.  It provides you with a small (2” x 1.2” x 0.7”) and ultralight (only 20 grams) Bluetooth Controller that has a high quality built-in microphone and a 3.5mm strereo connector jack (pictured below) which allows you to plug-in literally any wired headset of your choice – ideal to future-proof your listening experience as you’ll be able to upgrade your headset as frequently as you want.

Jabra BT3030 - 3.5mm Stereo Plug

Aside from the Bluetooth Controller the Jabra BT3030 kit includes its own 3.5mm wired headset (pictured below) which deliver very good sound quality along with a set of three comfort rubber ear gels in sizes S, M and L to fit the particular shape of your ear.  It also offers a very healthy 8 hours Talk Time, 7 hours Music Playback and 230 hours Standby.

Jabra BT3030 Headset

For some reason the Jabra BT3030 designers thought that a “Dog Tag” design was very cool but if like me you consider that wearing the metal lanyard (below) around your neck to be less than appealing you can nonetheless easily remove it and instead attach the included Clothing Clip to the back of the unit and fit it to your shirt or pants.  Additionally, while the kit includes a miniUSB wall charger there is unfortunately no miniUSB cable that would allow you to charge the unit via your PC.

Jabra BT3030 Clip

Having said this, the overall Dog Tag design does have a few appealing elements.  I like the steel look of the front and back faceplates as well as the fact that the entire controller is surrounded by a large black rubber band which protects it nicely against any bumps and scratches. 

Jabra BT3030 Kit

Overall, the large and easily accessible dedicated controls for music Play/Pause/Stop, Next/Previous Track, Volume Up/Down and Call Answer/End as well as the LED indicator lighting through the front Jabra logo combined with an ultralight unit, high quality microphone and built-in 3.5mm headphone connector plug all contribute to make the Jabra BT3030 a perfect solution for wireless music and calls.

Worthwhile alternatives include the Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth Headset (see my review) and Motorola S9 Stereo Bluetooth Headset (see my review).

Please Note: In order to use all of the Bluetooth music features of the BT3030 – Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control (AVRCP) – Palm OS Treo and Centro owners will first have to install the Softick Audio Gateway software (see my full review for additional information).

Finally, the Jabra BT3030 is also compatible with the Moto Q and BlackBerry.

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Posted by Andrew on April 14, 2008 at 09:10 AM

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by Dan Morris | Apr 14, 2008 1:45:50 PM

I'm not sure why this is selling so well. It has more wires than a non-bluetooth pair of earphones. Isn't the idea of bluetooth supposed to be to simplify our lives? Oh well, I guess the idea of bluetooth is more important than the purpose of bluetooth.

by Andrew | Apr 14, 2008 8:37:35 PM

Dan - the really cool thing about these BT3030 is that they basically convert _any_ one of your favourite wired headsets into a wireless headset. Unless you choose the Moto S9 there will always be wires involved - it's just that they're not directly connected to your Treo or Centro.

Cheers, A.

by john | Apr 16, 2008 11:44:42 AM

Hello. is BT3030 compatible with Treo 650?

by Sam | Apr 19, 2008 3:52:22 AM

I bought the BT3030 for bike riding. The wires seem clumsy but are actually flexible and unrestrictive enough to ride with a helmet. I love the big buttons on the remote. The best thing is I don't risk dropping my Centro while riding when changing songs or answering the phone. I don't have the Moto S9 so I can't compare the two but I hear the Moto S9 has electrical problems once you get sweat on it.

by chrisjx | May 14, 2008 12:38:50 AM

I want my new bt3030 to work but sadly, at max volume on the phone AND the bt3030 I can barely hear it. And on the comuter train, can't hear it at all.

And the bt3030 can't be detected/paired with my wife's iPhone.

Sadness all around.

by chrisjx | May 14, 2008 12:43:20 AM

My phone is an AT&T Tilt, HTC Kaiser, or the HTC TyTN II. Not good with the jabra bt3030.

by ruslan | May 15, 2008 9:11:12 AM

i wont to by this jabra bt 3030

by anon | May 27, 2008 12:30:15 AM

I had the same prob with the loudness (I have the HTC TyTn II aka Kaiser aka Tilt) It wasn't the BT, it was the headphones themselves. Got some new headphones and it worked fine...for a while. Now, I can't seem to pair with my phone or my notebook. Nothing sees the BT3030. Anybody?

by victor maglasang | May 27, 2008 1:59:59 AM

i got one and it works with my htc kaiser or tytn 2 although sometimes it takes time to detect the jabra bt3030. it also connect with an iphone its just that you have to configure it and have more patience ...vic from philippines

by Austin Kargl | Jun 2, 2008 7:40:11 PM

I have the Verizon Alias and it's TERRIBLE. This may be a problem because it's a pretty popular phone. It connects very easily, but it never asks for the pairing code, so it connects but it doesn't FULLY connect. I can hear fine, and talk fine, but it like... plays specific music and the sound quality is terrible. Anybody help?

by chaiyasit | Aug 7, 2008 9:51:41 AM

How to remove the lanyard from BT3030?


by MKlappa | Aug 20, 2008 7:30:01 PM

Has anyone had success using the Jabra BT-3030 with a Treo 755p?

by casey | Sep 16, 2008 4:09:05 AM

i bought one a few months ago its great except the sound isnt very loud at all! I had a s9 it was great but would always disconnect? Only bad things bout the bt3030 is the sound and its very aggravating when it will not connect or keeps asking for the pairing code! Over all its not 2 bad i do suggest buying better headphones to come with it tho!

by Tom | Nov 12, 2008 1:51:44 PM

It works great with the Sprint Treo 800w. The real beauty of it is that I can use it with my Bose Quiet Comfort 2's and also use it to feed any stereo with a AUX in jack. I had no problem pairing it with the phone but it didn't ask me for a pin code either, didn't seem like a problem though. The inclided instruction booklet is absolute junk, what little it says may be out of date or just plain wrong.

by samsunguser | Jan 7, 2009 10:00:34 PM

does the bt3030 work on the Samsung i900 omnia?

by Dev | Jan 14, 2009 12:28:05 AM

Yes, it works well with Samsung Omnia. Im using it with omnia for last 3 months, its a good combination..

by Greg | Feb 2, 2009 1:45:53 PM

I bought the BT3030 after reading all of the reviews on Treonaughts and it looks like its going to be a great little tool if I can just get it working. :) I have it paired and can control my PTunes player, I can even hear the beeps in a headset but whenever I try to play music from PTunes all of the sounds come out of the speaker on my Treo 800w. Anybody else seen this?

by DW | Feb 13, 2009 11:00:50 AM

Does anyone know how to pair it. i accidentally dropped it and now i cant get it to pari back to my env2

by ViciousXUSMC | May 1, 2009 12:25:44 AM

Forgive me if I am wrong, but didnt Plantronics do this first with the Pulsar 260's?

I thought about getting them a while back as I could essentially get a 1/8" -> RCA cable and not only use it as a headset but a bluetooth adapter for my phone so I could connect it to a home stereo system or even pc speakers.

Though the problem is just like stated above, you still have cables and void 90% of the reason to go bluetooth. So I just got a pair of S9-HD's and hope they work well for me. I also own/love the Pulsar 590A's, definitely the choice for listening at home but not for going out.

by alex | May 14, 2009 7:23:17 AM

does it work for the iphone 3G??

by Sueha | Jun 12, 2009 9:53:30 AM

The current version of the iPhone doesn't support stereo bluetooth (A2DP). The new iPhone 3G S does.

by Christo | Jun 16, 2009 9:26:23 AM

Good news! Just did the firmware update (early leaked version) on my iPhone 3G and the stereo bluetooth works wonderfully with the Jabra! Volume and Pause/Play control work fine, but the forward/reverse buttons seem to not work at all. :-( So mixed results.

by menxman | Jun 19, 2009 7:49:10 AM

Does iPhone 3gs support jabra bt3030??? Does all buttons works fine??? just wanting to buy one....

by dubster | Jun 24, 2009 3:29:57 AM

Bought a jabra two or two before the softwear came out for the iphone, as all the reviews said it was realy good, it is good for the money, its easy to pair, and easy to use, two problem s i have with it, the forward and rewind dont work, and the volume wont turn down, anyone else had these probs?

by Joe | Aug 6, 2009 6:18:39 PM

Just bought Jabra BT3030 for my O2 XDA Orbit II (a badged HTC) I'm running the WM6.1 OS
The BT3030 connected 1st time straight out of the box (after charging) and works seamlessly.
I've read the odd report that states the music quality is poor, I have no complaints at all, OK the Orbit II have a built in audio booster so that may help, but I've been very impressed with the quality, and volume, Also works on the copilot satnav software and or course the phone, incoming calls are crystal clear, and I'm told by those on the other end that I'm equally clear to them. Also found an added little bonus, I plugged a standalone 2.1 speaker system that we use for an iphone, laptops etc into the dog tag. this enabled me to send tunes from my phone to the speakers from the other side of the room which was a nice bonus.
1 point to note is the the volume seam to be a separate volume control from my phone, to explain, if I set the dog tag to min volume, I can increase the volume from my phone, once my phone is at 100%, fairly loud, I can then increase it further using the dog tag volume to ear drum splitting levels.

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