The Desk Speaker Stand CSS-25 (pictured with the sony Ericsson P910) allows users to handle handsfree calls, either on loudspeaker or private. The CSS-25 has a built-in microphone/speaker so that the user can hear the caller in the room, which makes it ideal for smaller phone meetings. For private conversations there are two plugs Ė one for a Sony Ericsson Portable Handsfree, and one for a professional headset with a 2.5 mm connector.
When needed, the CSS-25 can also run off the phoneís battery, making it truly mobile. It can easily be taken on business trips or to meetings that require a loudspeaker phone. The CSS-25 will also charge the phone battery and synchronize the userís phone and PC, even while the phone is in use, replacing the cradle that comes with some Sony Ericsson models, like P800/P900 series. The idea is to implement a device that combined with a mobile phone will make landlines redundant. The Desk Speaker Stand CSS-25 will be available in Q4, 2004.
The new Bluetooth headsets in Sony Ericssonís Akono range offer new features, and they can be used with any brand of Bluetooth phone that supports the Headset or Handsfree profiles. The new edge functionality of Akono Headset HBH-660 introduces an Info Display which shows the callerís name or number. By pressing buttons on the side of the earpiece, the user can handle calls without having to touch their mobile phone. The HBH-660 has a talk time of up to five hours and standby time of up to 150 hours which makes it ideal for a full working day. The HBH-660 will be available in Q4, 2004.
Also announced was the Akono Headset HBH-300, with sound performance optimised by an extended boom which puts the microphone nearer to the callerís mouth and a noise cancelling function which reduces background sound. A talk time of up to 10 hours and standby time of up to 300 hours means that the headset can last for several days before needing a recharge. The HBH-300 will be available Q3, 2004.