I've recently acquired an E51 and today I excitedly(!) received a package from Germany containing some HDC-10 headsets with their 2.5mm plugs. I connected one to the E51 and got the message "Enhancement not supported".
For years I had an even older phone (6230i) that had the HS-10 headset and I naively thought that the HDC-10s would fit an E51 with its 2.5mm headset socket.
Does anyone know of a retractable headset that would fit the E51, perhaps even a 3rd party one? (I'm guessing this is unlikely due to the 2.5mm plug). Or whether by some miracle a firmware update would sort out the incompatibility problem?
I have to use a wired headset for all calls and these old retractable Nokia headsets worked a treat. Wires get impossibly tangled with e.g the HS-47 or similar. Mighty disappointing that the HDC-10 doesn't work in the E51 phone despite the obscure 2.5mm plug ... (I even had to order some rare remaining ones from another country!)
Many thanks in advance for any tips and pointers!
Thanks again, Adrian.
I'm afraid I can't use a Bluetooth headset either as I'm sensitive to the radio waves from that as well ...
I was going to try update the firmware using Nokia Suite but it said it was going to back up the entire phone contents, including applications and several gigabytes of memory card space so I didn't go ahead with it yet -- I've installed various bits and bobs on the phone and I have to say I didn't feel too confident about Nokia's PC software actually restoring all my installations (after having spent most of an afternoon unsuccessfully trying to copy 20 saved SMS messages from the old phone to the new one*).
I have at least manage to find a new phone contract to include a bit more data at 33% a month cheaper than the old tariff. I'll have to give the tangled wire headset a go for the time being, or maybe I'll find something to wind the wire around and clip together. If it gets too much I can always go back to the ancient 6320i ..!
It seems there just simply isn't a market for retractable headsets. As mentioned in my other thread -- it amazes me that I've not personally met anyone else who is sensitive to mobile phone signals to the point of needing headsets -- also I was in a long post office queue about a month ago and there was a woman in front of me talking on her iPhone the whole time, and I was on the point of having to go to the back of the queue to get away from her and her phone ..!
Thanks for your help with all this!
Major digression so no-one should feel obliged to read it!
*(From PC Suite/Nokia Suite t's impossible to access the new phone's "My Folders" folder in the Text Messages system. You can only copy emails into "Drafts" via Nokia Suite or PC Suite and then it's impossible to move them from there either on the phone itself or via the PC, unless you send the text message to someone ... I gave up and sent them to another phone by SMS and then forwarded them on to the new phone ... sigh ...)
Just to give an update!
After several reasonably happy months with the Nokia E51 as a phone, I'm finding the rapid and frenzied headset cable unwinding charade whenever a call comes in to be all a bit of a bind (pun intended).
I've looked through a list of which phones are compatible with either of the two types of old fashioned retractable Nokia headsets that I have squirrelled away in reasonable numbers, and I've started bidding on Ebay for an E50.
This is a bit of a step back in terms of processor speed, and no 3G and no wi-fi connectivity, but on balance this is a trade off I'm going to have to make to bring back the convenience of old fashioned telephone-as-a-telephone usability! I'm still baffled by the lack of current contemporary retractable headsets on the market, and I'm not sure what I'll do in ten years' time when all this stuff becomes totally obsolete, but I'll push that worry off into the future.