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WHY don't phones have headphone jacks?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by Tommy B, 4 Mar 2006.

  1. Tommy B


    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 8,027

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    Does this annoy everyone else. All these "MP3 enabled" phones are useless to the most of us as you're limited to using the awful included headset.

    Is there some sort of legal reason behind this?
  2. Zefan


    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

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    It's to establish exclusivity (Is that's a word).
  3. quadboi


    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

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    I dont think there is a Legal reason, but yes that does suck. My dad has a Sony phone (Pretty new) got like 30 songs on but no Headphone slot :(
  4. LizardKing


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,755

    Location: The Land of Roundabouts

    some phones have a 2.5mm headphone jack that only needs a converter, or the w800 (maybe all of the walkman branded sonys do) comes with an adapter that alows you to use any headphone while still being able to use the handsfree function.
    So at least there are a few phones out there that do :)
  5. Alex_L


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,026

    you can buy an adaptor that takes a 2.5mm to 3.5mm for about 1.50. Some of the walkman phones and HTC phones have proper 3.5mm jacks though. More and more phones do seem to be going this way though, i guess to compete with the ipod.
  6. fatiain


    Joined: 16 Oct 2004

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    Location: Pratislava, Berk-shire

    Egay has adapters with microphones so you can use your regular headphones as hands free.
  7. Jimbeam3678


    Joined: 8 Dec 2002

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    Location: North Yorkshire

    Think it has more to do with the fact normal headphone sockets take up more space then phone spefic phone jacks.

    Could be wrong though
  8. SMlFFY

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Feb 2004

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    Location: Location Location

    Same as the W900i Headphones. So you can plug in a decent Pair of Headphones in if desired.
  9. -Mike-


    Joined: 22 Dec 2002

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    Location: Minehead

    My C550 has a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter and came with phono leads too. Seems more and more phones are giving you the option now.
  10. Infidel


    Joined: 4 Mar 2004

    Posts: 269

    Location: UK

    the headphones included are dam good quality anyway
  11. Tunney


    Joined: 11 Oct 2004

    Posts: 14,550

    Location: London

    The Nokia N91 has a 3.5mm socket....

    ...but it's not released yet. :p
  12. Smiley Man


    Joined: 17 Apr 2003

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    Location: hOme

    they are ok, but you can plug a lot better ones in
  13. benjo plz.


    Joined: 15 Jan 2004

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    looks pretty fugly tbh.