Bluetooth Compatibility with Current Devices?
Original Post: Various Posts (SIG Forum & eGroups
Msg.) Date: 2000-09-03
Will Bluetooth chips be eventually implanted , and work
with current equipment / devices, such as mobile phones , laptops & PDAs
The answer to this question depends on the device
wishing to 'upgrade' to Bluetooth compatibility.
- PC's present the least problem, products such as Bluetooth
PCMCIA cards, USB connectors
etc. are well developed at this stage, so it should be a simple matter of
installing the device, and loading up some bluetooth software, (possibly
included in the device drivers).
- PDAs may also be able to upgrade, such
as the use of a Bluetooth add-on chip etc., however it would be
questionable whether it would not be easier to simply purchase
another PDA, this time with a Bluetooth unit installed.
- current Mobile Phones, due to their cheap cost and relativity limited
complexity , may not be able to upgrade. Although Ericsson will be offering
a bluetooth chip add-on , most current mobile phones don't have an
interface for any kind of bluetooth device (such as a USB port). In light
of this, it seams users may simply purchase new Bluetooth
- equipped mobile Phones. A potentially very rewarding market could be
the outcome if current phones were made Bluetooth compatible, though this