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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.

Treonauts are always looking for new solutions

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

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by seana | Aug 19, 2009 7:15:16 PM

I purchased the Jabra BT3030 for use with my LG enV 2. Unfortunately if you use a regular head set for the phone you must first purchase an adapter because it requires a 2.5 mm headset (not so easy to find). Not only that but the port for the headset on the phone is mono not stereo..
I love the Jabra!! The sound quality is superb, the dog tag style is easy to use and so convenient. I'd read some comments about poor call quality however I've had no problems whatsoever. I do bring it closer to my mouth instead of letting it hang to talk. I would definately recommend this to anyone with an active job or hobby! Brilliant!!

by Errol | Sep 10, 2009 2:25:16 AM

Can't pair with the N86. Anyone please help? Thanx

by Mike | Oct 15, 2009 5:49:24 AM

I have this little gem for some time now and:

It CAN be charged with PC USB cabel.
It has great sound quality with koss porta pro headphones (with others also, included headphones are good too if 100% quality is jabra it self then included headphones are taking about 60% of that quality, so if you wanna max it out, get some max quality HP and your be happy with what your gonna hear)
If you tune volume up its also quite loud so dont worry about that too.

(im usin Nokia n85)

by Tanay | Feb 23, 2010 6:02:39 AM

First time i connected to my phone, all buttons controllers of BT3030 worked fine. then i paired it with my Laptop.

after that when i connect back to my phone, only the volume buttons work. The Forward,Backward and Play/Pause Buttons are not working. Can anybody help ??

Also can anybody tell how to unpair BT3030 ?

by K.J Chen | Mar 4, 2010 4:41:50 PM

hello, I just got the samsung Moment and also bought a Jabra BT3030, but my Samsung Moment can't find it, tried with my co-workers' phone and can't find it either, does anyone know if it works with Samsung moment or how to get it work? it got charged, can be turned on and off and the LED and the lights are all ok? it's with Sprint service
please help, thank you!

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by Dheeraj | Apr 7, 2011 1:39:47 PM

It works fine with iPhone 3GS except the fastforward nd back buttons..I think if u own an iPhone then bt3030 is must .
It just suits perfectly nd it's like made for each other

by Mick J | May 15, 2011 9:36:33 AM

I just purchased a pair of these from www.allthingswireless.co.uk. Have to say they are a great device with excellent battery life (which is a top priority for me) Anyway I would recommend this to all!!!

by dejojo | Jul 18, 2011 6:56:43 AM

can it compatible with my notebook.. i want use for voice chat ...

by dejojo | Jul 18, 2011 6:56:43 AM

can it compatible with my notebook.. i want use for voice chat ...

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