Review: Pryme Headsets Let You Turn Your iPhone into a Walkie Talkie

 Pryme Headsets Let You Turn Your iPhone into a Walkie Talkie

As a kid, I loved playing with walkie talkies. I even had a set that I wore as a headset, to keep my hands free. In many ways, cellphones have become the new walkie talkie. However, they don't include the push-to-talk feature that made Walkie Talkies so cool.

Fortunately, Pryme, a leader in walkie talkie and other communication accessories has unveiled an iOS- (and Android-) compatible solution. The BTH-300ZU Bluetooth Microphone Kit ($97.50) is a nice collection of headphones that serve multiple purposes. There is an earpiece like a worker in a call center might have, plus an earpiece like you might see on a secret service agent, complete with a clear, coiled cable. Finally, there is a mountable headphone that attaches to a motorcycle helmet, complete with a windscreen for noise reduction.

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Whichever headset you choose, it plugs in to a lighter-sized Bluetooth transponder that offers a nice big rubber button to enable push-to-talk functionality. You still need a special app, like Zello or Wave to facilitate the walkie-talkie mode. You can choose if the button works like a toggle or if you need to hold it down to be able to speak. You can decide which setting works best for your needs.

I like that the Pryme device uses Bluetooth Low Energy so the battery should last longer. I also like that these are well-built headsets. Clearly Pryme has been in this business for a while, so it's not like they are some iOS accessory maker trying to expand its product line. 

Pros

  • Great variety of headset choices
  • Uses Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Well-built headsets
  • Works with several free iOS apps

Cons

  • Need to choose the right headset and app
  • Setup is a little confusing

Final Verdict

Pryme is a serious headset maker that, by leveraging third-party app developers, has a nice solution to turn your iOS device into a walkie talkie! 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.