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Motorola H17txt Bluetooth Headset With MotoSpeak (Black) - Retail Packaging

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  • Wear It Your Way: Multiple ear hooks and cushions are included so you can customize your wearing style - in ear or resting gently against your ear.
  • Hear the Difference: CrystalTalk Dual Microphone Technology suppresses background noise, wind and echo so you can always hear and be heard.
  • You can connect the H17txt to any compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone including Nokia, Samsung, LG, iPhone, Blackberry and more. The MotoSpeak application is for use on Android and RIM phones only.
  • MotoSpeak converts texts (SMS) to speech and reads them aloud automatically (up to 25 words). It can also translate 150 text acronyms like LOL, BTW, L8R, and THX so you never miss the meaning of a text.
  • 5 Hours Talk Time 7 Day Standby
  • Listen to Your Texts: Reads texts (SMS) and senders name through your headset
  • Customize for Comfort:Choose between multiple ear hooks and gels to create the perfect fit for your ear.
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 3.54 inches, 1.77 inches, 7.87 inches
  • Weight: 0 ounces
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Product Description

Product Description

Motorola H17txt sounds amazing, feels great, and reads texts.

From the Manufacturer

Motorola H17txt with MotoSpeak

Get a text without lifting a finger. The H17txt reads texts aloud into your headset - no waiting, no missed messages. Receive messages responsibly, right when they arrive. No matter what you're doing or where you're headed, you can hear what you'd otherwise be missing.

Key Features

  • Wear It Your Way: Multiple ear hooks and cushions are included so you can customize your wearing style - in ear or resting gently against your ear.
  • Hear the Difference: CrystalTalk Dual Microphone Technology suppresses background noise, wind and echo so you can always hear and be heard.
  • Tuned In: Listen to streaming media, music, video, games and navigation through your headset.
  • Listen Up: Voice Prompts audibly update you on battery level, mute status, how to connect for the first time and more.
  • Bluetooth: You can connect the H17txt to any compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone including Nokia, Samsung, LG, iPhone, Blackberry and more. The MotoSpeak application is for use on Android and RIM phones only.

MotoSpeak Application

MotoSpeak converts texts (SMS) to speech and reads them aloud automatically (up to 25 words). It can also translate 150 text acronyms like LOL, BTW, L8R, and THX so you never miss the meaning of a text. You'll never have to take your eyes off the road because MotoSpeak will read the message and the sender's name from your contact list. MotoSpeak responds automatically to calls with a personal or general text informing callers that you're driving and will call back later.

Getting Started

  1. Sync H17txt with your Android phone or RIM (version 4.5 and higher) device
  2. Download the free MotoSpeak application from the app store on your phone (visit Android Market or Blackberry apps)
  3. Activate the H17txt and listen as your incoming text messages are now automatically read aloud to you when you're not on a call

Vital Statistics

The H17txt weighs .317 ounces and measures 1.65 x .67 x .39 inches. The approximate talk time is up to five hours, and the approximate standby time is up to seven days.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1.8 x 7.9 inches
Item Weight 13.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
ASIN B0041D81WG
Item model number H17txt
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 560 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #137,106 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
#3,664 in Cell Phones & Accessories > Cell Phone Accessories > Bluetooth Headsets
#136,740 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By 12XU VINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
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Pretty much everything the marketing material says about this headset is true: it's extremely comfortable, sounds great, and can read your text or emails to you. So what's the problem? I'll tell you in a sec.

Packaging is over the top (aluminum case) but really nice, and setup was a breeze. take it out, charge it, pair it with my BlackBerry, done. It makes and answers calls just as any other Bluetooth does, and it sounds great doing it. And, as I said, it's extremely comfortable and is small enough to be as unobtrusive as possible.

The big claim, though, is the ability to read text messages and emails to you. All you need to do is download the MotoSpeak software, and you're golden. And it's true. Kinda.

Because while the software does exactly what it says, and does it well, you get a severely limited version for free. And nowhere on the box, or in the literature, to they tell you that before you plunk down your 84 bucks. The limitations are, except for one, reasonable: you can't change the reading speed of voice unless you buy the full version, nor can you change the voice style. No biggie.

But the free version is limited to only 25 words.

That's right, 25 words - after which it stops. You want the rest of your message, pony up a yearly fee of 14 bucks to unlock it. And as I said, nowhere on the box or in the literature do they mention that your C-note buys you a unit that stops reading after 25 words unless you pay a yearly fee. No, the fee isn't that much, but considering the price of the headset, and the fact that they don't even mention the limitation, I'm less than impressed.

So - If the software didn't have limits on the number of words, I'd give it five stars. But the misleading marketing and advertising for the unit knock it back a full two stars. One because without the software at all it's just a really nice and comfy BT headset, and one for the lack of respect for consumers.
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EDIT ************ The H17 gets a FIVE STAR rating, but the Motospeak app gets a four star at the moment (until a newer version fixes a few problems)***************

This headset does a lot, plus a lot more. Let's start off with the basics before jumping into the Motospeak App.

The H17txt is a lightweight, attractive, and comfortable Bluetooth headset. Phone calls come through clearly, with no reported dropped connections while using it.

The advertised "mini noise cancellation" works, but not like the many noise cancelling headphones. It certainly helps tremendously when trying to hear a phone call where the recipient's reception is bad on top of you being in bad weather, or...in general. Feels like you are pressing the headset against your ear, except you do not have to do that because of the "background reduction" feature.

Battery life is said to be 5 hours talk time and 6 days standby, but what is useful on this particular headset is that if you want to turn it off, you retract the boom. This helps when you are in places where you know that you will not be using it for a longer period of time, but still want it on your ear.

In order to fit it to your ear, it comes with different size ear-gels, to conform to different shapes but also has a hearing-aid like band that you can loop around your ear. I found this to not work so well as it did not exactly fit as neatly and tightly as with the ear-gels.

There are, of course, various buttons on the unit itself such as volume and push to talk/dial. When you press the dial button when there are no calls coming in, you have the option to make this a voice dial command. Meaning that you can say "call <name> or dial <number>".
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I purchased the H17 before and loved it. It didn't make it through the spin cycle so I had to purchase another bluetooth and I knew I wanted this one again. I got the H17txt this time and I like it! I have a BB Bold so I get the txts read to me but I cannot dictate a response. Other phones allow you to do that. It works. I haven't really done a lot of long distance driving since I got this so I haven't really tested that feature completely.

Making and receiving calls works well. I can hear and they can hear me. Connection with the device is very quick. It takes maybe 5 seconds at the most. When the phone starts ringing, you can turn it on and it will pick up the call before it goes to voicemail. It's small and light and fits in my pocket.

When I had the H17 I used the ear hook that is pictured. That worked well and was comfortable for long periods of time. It spins around and folds down so it is compact for you pocket. Since I purchased the H17txt, I tried one of the inside ear thingies. It fits in your ear and has a loop that helps it stay in your ear. I was surprised how well it worked for my ear. I guess because the H17txt is so light, it doesn't take much to hold it in place. It's just a little bigger with the thingy versus the ear hook because the ear hook folds down, but I don't mind it.

You can connect this to two phones or two bluetooth devices at the same time which means two phones separately too of course. I have it programed to hook up to my computer. My cell doesn't work in my house, but since I have WiFi and the ability to make and receive work phone calls on my laptop I never miss a beat using the H17txt to make calls with my computer. I would hate to have a device that could only hook up to one device at a time.
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