1. Rob Cannon's Avatar
    I really want to get a new Windows Phone 8, but there is one feature of the iPhone that is a must have and I don't think it is present on the WP8 platform.

    I listen to a lot of podcasts and having a set of earphones that has a remote button that I can use to pause the podcast (and volume up/down) is just a feature that I cannot do without. Can I use this type of earphone on a Windows Phone 8 device?

    Why not?
    Does Apple have some kind of a patent it won't license to anyone else?
    Finally, is there some alternative that can make me not miss this ability?

    Thanks,
    Rob
    10-31-2012 09:53 AM
  2. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    These kind of earphones are present since the launch of first WP i.e. Windows Phone 7. I use this for my Titan AND Lumia.

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    10-31-2012 09:58 AM
  3. chriscookz's Avatar
    Well these worked for Windows Phone 7. They were the first pair to come up when I searched for this, so I would assume that a) other pairs also exist that may be a little more in line with your style designs and b) they will still work for WP8.

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    10-31-2012 09:58 AM
  4. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Most headsets in the box are with mic and remote!
    10-31-2012 09:59 AM
  5. berty6294's Avatar
    There are alot that don't work though. Beats headphones will only kinds work. The play/pause button works but the volume rockers will not.
    10-31-2012 10:02 AM
  6. Rob Cannon's Avatar
    I have tried a set of Altec and Scosche earphones (made for iPhone) with a Lumia 900 running WP 7.5. The microphone does not work, the volume controls do not work. Holding the button will invoke the WP talk interface, but it cannot hear my commands. Pressing the button does not pause music.

    The earphones included did not have these features.

    So, are there brands of earphones that do work with WP7/WP8 that are not Bluetooth? Just simple in-ear earphones with the remote on the cord?

    AND VERY IMPORTANT: Will pressing the button pause the playing music/podcast?
    10-31-2012 03:44 PM
  7. berty6294's Avatar
    I have tried a set of Altec and Scosche earphones (made for iPhone) with a Lumia 900 running WP 7.5. The microphone does not work, the volume controls do not work. Holding the button will invoke the WP talk interface, but it cannot hear my commands. Pressing the button does not pause music.

    The earphones included did not have these features.

    So, are there brands of earphones that do work with WP7/WP8 that are not Bluetooth? Just simple in-ear earphones with the remote on the cord?

    AND VERY IMPORTANT: Will pressing the button pause the playing music/podcast?
    yes.. but that is the only working function from my experience.
    10-31-2012 03:55 PM
  8. ncxcstud's Avatar
    the in-box earbuds for my Samsung Focus does this exact thing and works perfectly.
    10-31-2012 04:21 PM
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