"A must have for road warriors, A++"
Version: BlueCast 1
This is my first review and I only signed up on download.com because I wanted to express how much this product has changed my life this week.
First let me tell you how things usually are in my life.
One word, choatic. I am addicted to podcasting and I am a road warrior who is always on a plane heading to some less than familiar city. My
problems first started when I had a pair of stereo headphones with mic that came with my phone. The problem was, they kept getting tangled in a
knot and I had to spend 5 minutes untangling them everytime I wanted to use them. It was also difficult pulling them off and putting them on as I
conversed with people during the day. I guess I could have cut one ear or just bought a mono pair but that is besides the point.
About 4 months ago I bought a couple pairs of retractable headphones after searching Amazon and the Net for over 2 hours. When they arrived one
pair was immediately discarded because they were too bulky, the other pair was slim but only stretched 24 inches so I couldn't have them in and
attached to my belt clip, I had to carry the phone. That blew!! In addition it didn't have a mic so I had to pull out the headphones when a call
came in. This task was only complicated more while I was driving. In additon, as I was walking throughout the day I often inadvertantly got my
hand stuck in the cord and practically ripped off my ears.
This week I happen to come across BlueCast and let me tell you, WOW!!! I didn't really have high hopes but then again I really had too many close
calls with car and ear accidents not to try it. Well installing .NET Compact Framework 2.0 is about the only problem I had, and that is only
Microsoft's fault. .NET Compact Framework is huge and my first install failed, then I couldn't uninstall it either and it wouldn't let me try to
install again because it was complaining files were locked. I restarted my phone and got the install to work. Then I installed BlueCast without
a problem, paired my bluetooth headset with my phone, turned on a podcast, turned on BlueCast, and low and behold, sound was coming out my
Bluetooth headset. It was very audible too. FYI, I have a Cingular 2125 with a Motorola Headset. I then tried my MP3 ringtone and it actually
sounded great. After I calmed down from thinking how cool this was I decided to call someone. Bluecast and Windows Media player paused
themselves and then came right back as soon as my call ended. Well it seems like I have solved my problem, the only problem now is that I need a
second Bluetooth headset because I use the headset for 5 hours a day including calls and it needs to be recharged every night. I already don't
know how I lived with those headphones for song long. It is about time someone great an app with some value.
- Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Install
- You have to remember to turn off BlueCast when not using audio, otherwise it just wastes the headset battery. Maybe a timer could be added
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