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5 Handsfree Bluetooth Speakerphones for Cars

Updated on April 13, 2011

 

Driving while talking is becoming a highly contested action. Some states such as California has passed a law saying that you cannot talk on your cell phone while driving unless you use a handsfree wireless option. Whether we like it or not this is the direction that many other states are heading.

Whether it is the law or not a handsfree Bluetooth option is a good one. We are not all organized people and even those that are endanger themselves and others when grabbing a ringing cell phone. It is definitely a distraction. It only takes a moment to cause an accident.

Motorola T305 Bluetooth Portable Hands-Free Speaker (Black)
Motorola T305 Bluetooth Portable Hands-Free Speaker (Black)

 

Many new cars are being equipped with integrated Bluetooth hands free kits for cell phone users. Voice control is included in setup as well as when calls are being answered and made. Some phones are supported and the car will automatically read you phone book and others are not.

Parrot CK3100 LCD Bluetooth Car Kit --  This device has high end features but has to be hard-wired into your car.
Parrot CK3100 LCD Bluetooth Car Kit -- This device has high end features but has to be hard-wired into your car.

Voice activated calling is the greatest. If you have not used it you really need to try it. My husband says to his phone “call Deb” and it does. If there are similar names it will ask you if it is recognizing the right one. The number will not be dialed until you answer “yes”.

Bluetooth car kits operate the same way. The benefit is that your phone can stay in your pocket or in your purse – hence the description “handsfree”. The devices are small and usually clip onto the visor – up and out of the way. Some handsfree kit plug into the cigarette lighter. Personally I do not like taking the chance to damage my visor by clipping things onto it.

Bluetooth® HF-33 Plug-In Hands-Free Car Kit
Bluetooth® HF-33 Plug-In Hands-Free Car Kit

Some Bluetooth Handsfree car kits have the ability to show you caller ID information. Some have auto syncing when you start the car. Other kits can be controlled by the controls on a Touchscreen. Some are designed to read you phonebook. It is true that some of the higher end features are found on hard-wired kits such as some of the Parrot models. However many very nice features are offered on totally portable handsfree car kits.

Hands-Free Car Kit & FM Transmitter for the Apple iPhone

Yada Rearview Spearkerphone with Caller ID and Car Charger - BT30404-4
Yada Rearview Spearkerphone with Caller ID and Car Charger - BT30404-4

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