It's pretty much agreed by all that the headphones which come with modern nokia phones such as the 6230, aren't that good. They're pretty poor in-ear types that fall out quite often. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way of plugging in your normal, nice heaphones to listen to those MP3s with. Well now you can! Here are some totally unoffical details on how to do it. Click on the small pictures for a bigger version.
What you need
- One pair of HDS-3 headphones
- One 3.5mm socket adapter (maplin code RK51F, costs 79p)
Other adapters can be used for different size heaphone connections.
- A soldering iron and solder helps a lot
- Time and a steady hand.
Step 1 - Mutilate the headset
Remove the headset from the phone. Cut the actual headphones off the headset. I like to leave as much wire as possible.
Step 2 - Expose the wires
Strip about 1 inch of the plastic off the end of the wires. You will expose two wires per cable.
These wires are coated and you will need to remove the coating before continuing. This is important or the mod will not work. You can do this by either scraping it off, or VERY CAREFULLY burning it off with a match or lighter.
Step 3 - Unscrew the adapter
Unscrew the adapter and familiarise youself with the connector inside. Put the cables through the adaptor casing NOW so that you can screw it back on at the end.
Step 4 - Make the connections
Connect the ground wire of each cable to the long connector and the green and red wires to the shorter connectors. It's best to solder them, though you could try poking the wires through the holes and tying them in place, if you had a steady enough hand. Put a small knot in the cable just behind the adapter, to help hold the cable in place.
Step 5 - Screw cover back on and you're finished !
Screw the black adapter cover back onto the adapter itself. You should now have a nice looking adapter. Test to ensure it works.