In a previous life I spent much time driving around the UK and, as a law-abiding and safety-conscious citizen, I used a bluetooth headset to make and receive telephone calls. Although I no longer drive tens of thousands of miles a year, I still own the headset (a Jabra BT135) and I decided to see if it could be put to use as a Skype headset on my Inspiron 6400: it can!
You can install Skype from the Ubuntu Software Centre.
To install your headset:
- Make sure that bluetooth is activated on your PC.
- Open your bluetooth Preferences dialog. This is usually achieved by clicking the bluetooth icon in your system tray or notification area: a pop-up menu will offer the Preferences option. If you don't use a system tray or notification area, go to System > Preferences > Bluetooth.
- With your bluetooth headset switched off, press and hold the power button until the operating light is a steady blue.
- In the bluetooth Preferences dialog, make sure that your computer is visible to other devices and click the Set up new device... button: the New Device Setup wizard will appear.
- Click Forward to invoke the device search.
- Select the device (the Jabra BT135) and click the Forward button. If you are prompted for a PIN number, the default for the Jabra BT135 is 0000.
- When the setup is finished, you'll receive a confirmation screen:
- Click the Close button to return to the Preferences dialog and you should see the headset listed in the Paired Devices window.