So this troublesome shopping experience is still bothering me. Though I finally
did get the items I expected to get, it turns out that they don't work the way
I expected them to work.
Because — if you can believe this — I was expecting something labeled as
Bluetooth to work with, you know, other Bluetooth devices.
Turns out that the IOGEAR Bluetooth audio transmitter only works with IOGEAR
Bluetooth headphones. I don't understand how they can call it Bluetooth. There
is a process that your product has to go through in order to be able to use
that trademark. After an annoying call to IOGEAR that confirmed that the
transmitter required their headphones, I sent a letter to the Bluetooth SIG,
which runs the qualification process.
I was under the impression that to have the Bluetooth name and
symbol, a device had to have a certain level of interoperability with
other Bluetooth devices.
IOGEAR is selling an A2DP audio transmitter (GBMA201) that only works
with their own headphones. I have confirmed this by speaking to their
technical support, and also by trying to discover the transmitter with
easily a half-dozen different bluetooth devices (cell phone, laptop,
different brand of bluetooth headphones, etc.). The transmitter is not
discoverable, so there is no way to pair any other bluetooth device with
Is this a violation of the rules regarding Bluetooth branding? Thanks
for your time.
Today I received their reply, which concluded with:
The Bluetooth Qualification program verifies that the product is qualified
against the Bluetooth Specification. It does not test each product against
other products. Ideally, if a product is qualified against the Specification,
it should work with other products.
Manufacturers should not make their product only work with only their
products. As such, I have turned this issue over to our Bluetooth
Qualification Administrator. He can further investigate this issue with
So, maybe things are looking up.