Most mobile phones/cellphones have a rubbish proprietary adapter for which they supply some terrible headphones hard-wired into a handsfree kit.

What this instructable allows you to do is change those headphones into a headphone socket, so that you can plug your expensive headphones in and enjoy movies/music on your phone like it should sound.

A photo of the supplied adapter for my O2 Trion XDA phone is below. It has some terrible looking headphones that I haven't even bothered to try out because I know they'll suck.

Step 1: What you will need

You need the two items pictured below. The first is a handsfree kit which comes with your phone. It has a remote bit on it with a volume control and a microphone. It also has a Mini-USB plug, and some dreadful headphones.

The second picture is a 2.5" to 3.5" headphone socket adaptor off ebay which cost about 99p ($2). NOTE that there is a wire inbetween them - don't get an all-in-one adaptor.

You also need:
Soldering Iron + Solder
Fine Sandpaper/Glasspaper
Nice one. Works on Alcatel OT-800 which has a 10 pin mini USB.
Good tutorial.
Nice hack. The set seems identical to the set that came with my HTC (tytn). <br/>Personally I did not find them that bad, but probably no match for your shuperduper plugs.<br/>The actual proprietary connector is called an EMU for Enhanced Mini USB.<br/>Here is a pin-description: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/2006/09/10/htc_hermes_usb_connector_pin_config">http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/2006/09/10/htc_hermes_usb_connector_pin_config</a><br/><br/>One comment however: it is visible in the picture that one headphone lead is shorter. This was done to keep the microphone close to your face when you talk. Standard headphones are usually of equal length. I would find it quite a nuisance to have to hold the mike in my hand all the time. <br/>(Don't tell me you really have no one to talk to ;-)<br/>
It's true. But since my iPod got stolen I use my phone to listen to music more than I use it to talk - people talking into headsets look weird ;) I recently soldered the old headphones to a fake iPod shuffle I bought (purely to see what it was like), and you're right - they're actually ok. But not as good as my beautiful Shure E2Gs, which went with the iPod, unfortunately :(
I never owned a ipod, just a Philips GoGear SA 167/0 that sounded so damn awesome with my Sennheiser MX450. You've got to love that shiny treble and well balanced bass that prevents your music from sounding like it came out of an oil drum. Unfortunately, they disappeared and I never got to hear music that good ever since...
Now, if you car has a old alarm audio sensitive alarm system that you don't use anymore, you can add another female jack (by the way, there is no need to cut adapters, as you can get better jacks that do the exact same job and will sound better than the one you use, especially if you wire it with decent wire) and wire the alarm system microphones to you phone and there you have it, a proper hands free kit that you don't have to wear while driving if you connect it to the radio.
Nice work. I did something similar, but from scratch, as I couldn't find a handsfree kit for less than 15€. It turned out to be a catch-22, as I can't get the 4 contact, 2.5 mm jack without spending 6€ on shipping. Oh well, I can always make a field phone out of it.
Nicely done! And I love your style!
nice mastercraft cutters
Thanks ;) They actually say 'Rolson Quality Tools', perhaps it's different here in the UK

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