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Samsung Telecommunications America announced the availability of three noise-canceling Bluetooth headsets.
At the top of the good/better/best line, Samsung's WEP870 combines a noise-canceling Bluetooth mono headset with hi-fi music streaming to premium stereo ear buds. The WEP870 can be worn on either ear to facilitate calls or listen to music through its earpiece, but also includes a stereo ear bud lanyard that can be attached to the headset and worn around the user's neck.
While worn on the lanyard it can still be used for phone calls. The headset's microphone points toward the user's mouth and the call can be heard through the ear buds. If while listening to music the user receives an inbound call or initiates a call, the music will gently mute and return to the music streaming once the call has ended, Samsung said.
The WEP870 features dual microphones and active noise- and echo-cancellation technology as well as an LCD screen that displays battery level, call status and Bluetooth-connection status. It can be paired simultaneously with two Bluetooth-enabled devices at once.
It features chrome trim and a graphite finish and retails for $89.99.
Also announced, Samsung's WEP850 is a mono-style headset with multipoint technology and dual-microphone noise cancellation and echo reduction. It carries a $69.99 retail price.
The entry-level model, the WEP470, is a small and lightweight headset with packet-loss-concealment technology that, according to the company, can block out background noise and is similar to products with dual-microphone technology, but at a sharper price point. It features an LED battery-level indicator, a dedicated on/off switch and a detachable crystal ear hook that can be worn on either ear.
It retails for $39.99.
All three headsets offer the latest version of Bluetooth technology that extends talktime use, provides more than one week of standby time and simplifies phone pairing, Samsung said.
All three became available last week on Samsung's Web site.