Obviously the BEST solution is to talk when you're done driving... But if you need to stay connected while on the road, there are some technology solutions to make it safer.
Pairing your device via. Bluetooth is actually quite easy... most phones offer on-screen menus, and many manufacturers are offering step-by-step guides to make it simple. Of course your phone carrier's store is a good place to go if you need help (or to try on devices).
Devices are either handsfree headsets or in-car / portable wireless speakerphones. Of course sometimes the simplest solution is the wired headset your phone came with.... nothing to charge!
(Originally broadcast on KING-TV's "New Day Northwest" with Margaret Larson on 3 June 20100)
Plantronics Discovery 975
- Minimalist design, one-touch controls
- Small charging case for triple talk-time
- Sleek elegant design, great call quality
Plantronics Voyager Pro UC
- Dual-purpose mobile phone and computer headset
- Perfect for office / home-office and on-the-go
- Clear wideband audio for crisp call quality and audio
- Sturdy over-the-ear attachment
Jabra Go 6430
- Long-range wireless (good for around-the-house use)
- Useful with mobile phone and computers (video chat, etc.)
- Switch between a computer and mobile phone easily
- Comes with travel charger and bluetooth adapter for older computers
- Wraps around your ear, not on your face
- More comfortable to carry
- Easy to transport, toss in your bag / purse
- Designed for right ear-wearing only
Jawbone Icon w/NoiseAssassin
- Stylish, small headset available in six colors
- Tank & helicopter technology provides noise-cancelling
- Talks back to you (recharge me, incoming call, etc.)
- Fun names such as "The Ace", "The Thinker", "The Bombshell"
Plantronics Explorer 395
- Latest technology, easy to use with comfortable fit
- Simple design with volume, power, call answer/end buttons
- Affordable, solid quality headset for average users
Built-in Vehicle Solutions
- Most new car vendors now offering Bluetooth speakerphone options
- Cost varies, can be a few hundred with new cars, thousands to "retrofit"
- Often has best call-quality- designed with car in mind
- Integrates with car stereo, speakers, in-dash display
- Some phones are more / less compatible, check with dealer
BlueAnt S4 Wireless Speakerphone
- Incoming text messages are read using Vlingo SafeReader
- Bing-optimized (movie times, stock quotes, weather, and more)
Scochse: solCHAT Solar Speakerphone
- Announces calls as they come in for hands-free driving
- Features a simple three button design and automatic, user-friendly cell phone pairing
- Comes with a USB charging cable and car adapter charging at night and on SEATTLE days
- Includes a windshield suction cup mount and sun visor clip for easy operation and solar charging
If you have questions, or need more information... hit me up on Twitter: @BMW or send me an email (listed above).
Thanks for watching!