Motorola Ships Bluetooth Unit

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-04-09 Print this article Print

Shipping this month, Motorola's Bluetooth Phone Module looks like nothing more than a slightly thicker battery cover for the company's Timeport cellular phones.

Shipping this month, Motorolas Bluetooth Phone Module looks like nothing more than a slightly thicker battery cover for the companys Timeport cellular phones.

The Bluetooth transceiver concealed therein will let the phone serve, for example, as a relay node for Internet access: The phone will make the Internet connection, but the user will be able to browse on the larger screen of a Bluetooth-enabled handheld. Motorola ( had not announced the price of the Bluetooth Phone Module when this article went to press.

Motorola also plans to offer a Bluetooth headset to enable hands-free telephone use without a cumbersome cable.

I was not able to test the technology under real-world conditions, but Motorola engineers claimed satisfactory performance at up to 100 meters separation between Bluetooth devices. Automatic power adaption will trade off battery life for distance in most Bluetooth applications.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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