Bluetooth Headsets For The E71: So Many Choices, Which To Choose?

Picking a bluetooth heads to compliment your Nokia E71 can be a challenging task since there are so many choices out there. There are many different brands and types to choose from, even Nokia is in the bluetooth market. Some of you may be looking for a good bluetooth headset just for making calls and others may be looking for a killer stereo bluetooth headset so you can avoid wires and the uncommon 2.5mm headset jack. The sound out of my stereo bluetooth seems to be much better than the headphones that came in the box with the E71.

I’ve personally been using the same stereo headset for over a year – the Nokia BH-501. I’ll show you that pair, along with a few others from Nokia and a chart of the best sellers.

Nokia BH-501


Product Description:
Listen to stereo music wirelessly from your compatible device, and switch effortlessly between music and phone calls with the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-501. Control your phone calls from the buttons integrated into the headset. The large, comfortable earpieces wrap around your ears so you know they're secure while you're on the move. When you need your ears for something else, the headphones fold up for compact storage.


  • Weight - 2.4 ounces
  • Buttons - On/Off, Answer/End, Volume, Voice Dialing
  • Charger - Same as Nokia E71
  • Bluetooth Profiles - Headset Profile (HSP), Hands Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Transmission Length – 30ft
  • Run Time - Approx. 11 hours; Standby Time - 150 hours

Obviously I highly recommend this pair since it’s the one I use. Only drawback is the lack of music playback buttons.

Reviews: Read 19 customer reviews.

Price: Buy the Nokia BH-501 Bluetooth Music Headset at Amazon $54.88.

Nokia BH-503


Product Description:
The large, comfortable earpieces wrap around your ears so you know they're secure while you're on the move. The right earpiece includes music playback controls (pause, reverse, forward) as well as a dedicated control for accessing your mobile phone when a call comes in. The headset provides up to 11 hours of talk and music playback time and up to 210 hours (8.75 days) of standby time. The Nokia BH-503 wireless stereo headset is for you if you appreciate excellent audio quality, great wearability, and laid-back design. This headset lets you lose yourself in the music knowing you won't miss a call.


  • Bluetooth version: 2.0+EDR
  • Bluetooth profiles: Headset Profile (HSP), Handsfree Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • Operating range: Up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • Control keys: Power and call management, music playback (play/pause, reverse, forward), volume
  • Talk time: 11 hours; Music playback: 11 hours.

I personally haven’t tried these, but if I were to upgrade my 501’s I would go with this headset.

Reviews: Read 14 customer reviews.

Price: Buy the Nokia BH-503 Wireless Stereo Headset for $59.88.

Nokia BH-103


Production Description:
Now these headphones are badass. The BH-103 are like a wired headset, except the control sits around your next and then stops. The wires go over your shoulders and into the ears. Listen comfortably to your music - and to others - in stereo sound with the changeable earplugs, and hang the headset easily around your neck for hassle-free music and conversation.


  • switch between music and calls automatically
  • Manage calls easily with the single multifunction button
  • Support for voice dialing and redialing (with compatible device)
  • Listen in comfort with soft earplugs and durable neck strap
  • Talk up to 7 hours with up to 150 hours of standby time
  • Stay informed on status changes with the colourful LED indicator

Price: Buy the Nokia BH-103 Bluetooth Headset $42.47.

Recommended By Readers

I recently asked E71 Fanatics followers on Twitter which headset they personally use. I got back a few different responses, all with good feedback. Here are a few recommendations:

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Top Selling Bluetooth Headsets

Whenever I shop online I make sure to watch the bestsellers list to see what other consumers are buying and read reviews. The bluetooth bestsellers list shows the Plantronics taking the top spot, following by Samsung and Motorola. That list includes standard bluetooth headsets, not only stereo.

What’s Your Favorite?

I would really like to know which bluetooth headset the readers use and if you like it. In about a month or too I’ll be shopping for a new pair myself, as of right now I’m looking at the 503’s by Nokia.

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