Got my Aliph Jawbone Icon Hero Today! – No Mute?

I finally got my Jawbone today in the mail. Bought one of those “white box” deals on eBay. It came with everything as advertised, including 6 ear buds and the ear loop, oem charger, usb cable.  The fit and finish is great, and it’s comfortable to wear.  I prefer the “in ear” style without the loop, and used the medium ear bud.  Was able to successfully pair it to both my iPhone 4 and my laptop (which has integrated bluetooth).  Tested it on a conference call today via Office Communicator, and it worked well… Except.  The kids got home from school and started hollering in the background.  Yes the door was closed, actually 2 layers of doors (our bedroom and then my office) but these kids you know, well, they can get pretty loud.  So I’m thinking where is the blasted MUTE button on this thing.. Turns out there isn’t one.  There is no mute button and no volume control.  I know it’s not a huge deal for most people, but for me it kinda is..

I am on a lot of conference calls and often work from home, so sometimes unexpectedly have the kids running and screaming around me .  Also have you ever been on a conference call and you have “darth vader” on the line?  I don’t wanna be “that” guy, lol.  For someone who multitasks a lot and bought this headset for total “hands free” operation, I don’t think its unreasonable to expect MUTE to be a basic function of most headsets today.

I’m looking at getting the Plantronics Discovery 975 or maybe the Plantronics Voyager Pro Plus.

What do you think, am I being unreasonable?

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