With this in mind, I went shopping online, wanting to find the original WH-208 headset but not wanting to pay through the nose for it/them. It quickly became apparent that there were lots of sellers claiming to have the headset and for only £4 or so - which seemed too good to be true. I looked through several dozen listings and plumped for one used the 'g' word ('genuine') a lot, which had good reviews on Amazon and which was only £6 or so. A risk worth taking, I thought.
Happily, I was right. Here's a mini-review, of sorts. The link's at the bottom of this article, but here's what I was sent:
Given that 'Just Genuine' seems to be a maker name, it's not clear whether the 'genuine' bit at the start is a name or adjective! What was included certainly matched the 'real thing' though. I had several WH-208 sets around the office (from the Lumia 1020, 1520 and 920 boxes!) and so was able to compare the new arrival with the originals.
And I couldn't find any differences - the materials, design and performance were identical. If anyone knows the WH-208, it's a competent mid-range smartphone headset and a few pounds in terms of cost to the manufacturer (Nokia) sounds about right. The top end and bottom end aren't as crisp as my old Nokia Purity in-ears, but they're still worth snapping up, especially at a budget price. The multi-function button pauses and resumes music, skips tracks (or 30s sections of podcasts) with a double press, and so on.
Are these WH-208's 100% genuine? Who's to say? After all, Nokia must have got their accessories from a supplier in the first place and it looks as though the manufacturer is the same. I mean, look at the photo below:
What matters is that they work well and are a cheap upgrade to a lesser Lumia that was supplied either with ultra cheap outer-ear headphones or with nothing at all.
The black headphones I bought are on Amazon UK for £6.15 here. Of course, you can do your own searches and may well find other suppliers/sources. Comments welcome if you do!