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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blackberry 8800 Multi-Media Player, Strike Two!

In a recent post, I mentioned my feeble attempt to use my Blackberry 8800 as a replacement for my Apple iPod on a trip to Las Vegas. That short-lived attempt failed because of the differences in connector sizes.

Over the past weekend, I made a quick visit to my Fry's Electronics to pick up an adpater to convert the 3.5mm connector on my noise cancelling headphones to the 2.5mm connetor for the Blackberry. After a few minutes of searching, we found the adapter for the great price of $1.99. The associate that helped us find it mentioned that these had recently become very popular, so we were confident that it would work.

So, once again on a trip up to San Jose -- I left my iPod behind to try and determine whether the great Blackberry 8800 device and truly replace it. Shortly after takeoff on the plane, I pulled out the Blackberry and connected everything together. No sound came from the headphones. Checked all the connections again and retried. No sound.

Oops, looks like this was strike two -- I need to go back to the drawing board for the Blackberry 8800. I have a couple more trips next week and hopefully can get this resolved!


Anonymous said...

Some Blackberry devices, including the 8800, need a 2.5mm -> 3.5mm connector that is made FOR Blackberries. RIM decided to flip flop where the metal rings on the connecting pin actually contact inside the port on the side of the blackberry. For this reason, make sure that when you buy your 3.5-> 2.5 adapter it is actually made to work with your Blackberry device. (I had that same problem) RIM of course makes the adaptor way overpriced but you will find that you can find the appropriate part on ebay for a few $'s.

Ken Hanscom said...

This is great advice and news. I will be checking out eBay to see if I can find what I need and get this to work properly!