Samsung Modus Bluetooth Headset Doubles As Wireless Stereo Earbud Setup

Why the sudden surge in Bluetooth headsets? Probably because America's largest cellphone trade show is going on in Las Vegas. CTIA has already delivered a snazzy new piece from BlueAnt, and Samsung Mobile is following that up with the introduction of the Modus. Also known as the HM3500, this "convertible-style" headset boasts dual microphone and noise cancelling technology that converts to a Stereo Bluetooth headset for an enhanced mobile experience.

It's still not discrete enough for our liking, but if you don't care about looks, the features here are actually pretty nice. Background noise is all but an afterthought, and it even offers multipoint technology that allows seamless connectivity between two Bluetooth-enabled audio-streaming devices, including mobile phones, computers and MP3 players. If you happen to be listening wirelessly to music when a call comes in, the headset will automatically lower the volume while alerting you to the incoming call; once you're done talking, the music will resume.

Another nifty feature is the ability to be worn as-is, or it can be converted into a Bluetooth stereo headset when connected to the included stereo ear bud headset. Since battery life on these is always a make-it-or-break-it point, this one has 6 hours of talk time or 200 hours on standby; plenty for all but the heaviest of users. It will charge via micro-USB, and it will probably be out soon. We say "probably" because the company has yet to make the release date and price official public knowledge.