Bluetooth headset with Ubuntu, Skype and VoIP applications

13 August 2007 at 4:18 pm 11 comments

Few days ago I received a Bluetooth headset not branded but with a generic HT718 indication.


I’m using it with my Nokia 6630 and it works perfectly. I also want to use it with Voice over IP applications or, at least, with Skype. I found this post about a interesting interface to use this kind of devices with Ubuntu and in particular as IO audio device.

You can find here the the .deb package; before installing it I suggest to install the following dependecies packages:

~$ sudo apt-get install python-bluez bluez-btsco

then install the .deb package

~$ sudo dpkg -i gbtsco_0.2-0ubuntu1_all.deb

Finish the installation and launch:

~$ sudo gbtsco

(you have to do this step as root). The following screen appears:


Check for device (N.B.: During some test I made, I always need to put the BT device in pairing mode). Select the discovered device and click on “Use ad Active Headset”. Now you can use your BT headset as a IO audio device:


I used it to listen to a good quality MP3 but the result was not satisfying. In fact the BT headset audio operates in mono and the quality is very low so I suggest to buy a better hardware like this if you want to listen to music. The sound quality is appropriated for VoIP applications like Skype. Launch Skype and change settings under Tools»Options»Sound Devices changing the default device for audio in and audio out with BT Headset:


I tried it and, be sure, it works with a good quality. Enjoy :-).


Entry filed under: bluetooth, hardware, how-to, linux, Ubuntu.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steve  |  16 September 2007 at 4:20 am

    Question: are you using this headset with a USB adapter or with built-in Bluetooth capabilities?

  • 2. nexthing  |  16 September 2007 at 8:33 am

    Hi Steve. I’m using this headset only with its bluetooth capabilities. If you are experimenting any problem please leave a comment… I’ll try to help you. Remember to put the bt headset in pairing mode to let Ubuntu and gbtsco find it.

  • 3. Kim Callis  |  22 September 2007 at 2:54 am

    I have been having an issue with Ubuntu 703 finding the btsco module. I have the latest version of bluez-btsco, but when I start gbtsco, it can’t find btsco. I am lost…

  • 4. nexthing  |  22 September 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Kim. Be sure to install python-bluez also. Wich version of gbtsco are you using? Perhaps with older versions of Ubuntu you need of different version (to recompile) of bluez-btsco….

  • 5. Finnish  |  6 March 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Yeah!!! This is working

    Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy, BT Headset from Lidl, Skype 2 Beta

  • 6. belda  |  2 May 2008 at 7:25 pm

    hmmm, i got error Error: btsco open (2-0): No such device or address

  • 7. Johan  |  1 June 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Can’t get it to work with Kubuntu… are there any kubuntu specific packages on this please?

  • 8. Tony  |  2 October 2008 at 2:29 am

    when connecting to my device i get this error
    btsco open (1-0): No such file or directory

  • 9. Joy  |  9 October 2008 at 9:04 am

    im getting problem

    joy@joy-desktop:~$ sudo gbtsco
    btsco: no process killed
    Error: control open (hw:2): No such file or directory
    Error: Can’t find device. Bail
    Error: btsco open (2-0): No such file or directory

    iv installed the bluez package too

  • 10. Nate  |  15 October 2008 at 10:36 pm

    So, I got it working. Thank you for the write up.
    The problem I have is that my headset (Jabra 250v and Motorola 300) both randomly drop audio link when in skype. If I put the call on hold, and then take it off hold, it comes back.



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