Bluetooth is a wireless technology which facilitates connectivity. It allows gadgets such as cell phones to connect to other devices within range. Using this technology for headsets or hands-free car kits enables drivers to have conversations over the phone while driving. According to surveys, many accidents arise from mobile use –calling and /or texting. Unfortunately we never learn because we just love conversing with others during long drives or when we are stuck in traffic.
There are various hands-free Bluetooth devices available in the market. It is best to compare and try them if possible, so that you are able to choose the best option for you.
Bluetooth speakerphones make use of built-in speakers and microphones, allowing you take your calls with ease. Its small size makes it convenient to use. It can easily be attached to your keychain, or your car’s sun visor. Speakerphones run on rechargeable batteries, but they may also be plugged directly into a 12V lighter outlet. Different brands vary in features. Some have buttons, caller id screens and even FM transmitters which allow you to hear your calls via your car stereo over an FM frequency.
Bluetooth headsets are the most basic choice when it comes to enjoying hands free conversations in your car. This no fuss device often has great quality and requires simple operations. Unfortunately, it works on batteries so it is best to keep spare ones
Car kits are hard wired Bluetooth devices installed in vehicles. Most of the recent models now have this feature. They are usually connected to the vehicle’s power, so you never have to worry about charging or replacing batteries. Some models also allow it to synchronize to stereos or Bluetooth-equipped portable music players, so that you can entertain calls through your car stereo.
Portable Navigation Devices
Most portable navigation devices have a built-in Bluetooth hands-free connection for your mobile phone. Similar to car kits, these devices often have built-in speakers or an FM transmitter which can play your calls through the car stereo. It automatically mutes voice navigated commands when the phone is being used. Some models support stereo Bluetooth streaming, in order to stream directly to your car stereo.
Please ensure that your state or locality allows talking while driving and that your mobile phone is Bluetooth capable, before you purchase a hands-free Bluetooth device.
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