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The latest crackdown on mobile phone usage in the car has encouraged Trusted Dealers to take a look at some of the best in-car hands-free mobile phone kits currently available on the market.
Not only will a hands-free kit keep you and others safe on the road, it could make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. For some tips and advice on which to choose, take a look below.
Mobile Phone Laws
The laws states that it is illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you are stationary at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. You can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you’re caught using a hand-held phone while driving or riding. You’ll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.
If you want to stay connected to your phone on the move and your car does not have integrated Bluetooth, you will need to invest in a hands-free kit, in earpiece or visor-mount form. This will enable you to safely make and receive calls from behind the wheel.
Testing a hands-free device
Before you purchase a hands-free kit, it is well worth doing some research to find out how the device has been tested. If you are purchasing from in-store, ask a sales representative to talk you through the system. The last thing you want to do is buy something that is ill-suited to your vehicle. You need to be asking the following questions:
Below are five hands-free kits which have received excellent reviews and are recommended for use by Trusted Dealers:
The Jabra Freeway wireless speaker phone has three 7-watt speakers which prove highly effective at cutting out background noise. The HD-quality calling on both ends of the call enables clear communication, whilst it also has one of the loudest volume outputs. The hands-free control allows you to stay connected to your social networks without ever touching your phone. Although it does currently lack a live chat feature, the Jabra Freeway remains one of the best Bluetooth kits for call quality, speaker output and hands free control, so you can remain focussed on the road at all times.
Jawbone Era – RRP: £40.00
The Jawbone Era remains one of the most popular Blueooth headsets and has received several updates over the years. Buyers are drawn to the classic, high quality device with military-grade audio driver. The call quality remains one of the clearest achievable over the phone and the Jawbone Era comes with comprehensive voice commands that can be fully integrated with your smartphone.
The Parrot Minikit is one of the smallest and sleekest hands free kits on the market. It fits onto your sun visor without any wires or hooks. Like most of Parrot’s Bluetooth car kits, the Parrot Minikit has an intuitive design with comprehensive voice prompts and commands that mean you can use it without ever touching so remain fully focussed on the road. The audio is HD-quality and it comes with an average talk time of 10 hours.
Plantronics K100 – RRP: £50.00
The Plantronics K100 is designed to be simple and intuitive. Thanks to its excellent design, the Plantronics comes with three large buttons and a volume wheel, so you can easily activate the kit without the need to look at it. Advantages of the Plantronics are that you can use an FM signal to transmit your call through your car’s speaker system although the call quality does have a narrow frequency response.
The SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Car-Kit is really easy to set up and comes with noise and echo cancellation. It comes with full Auto-Pairing with Auto Re-Connect so you won’t need to re-pair your mobile each time you get in your vehicle. The Supertooth Buddy also features an audio enhancing microphone membrane for premium quality sound. Added bonuses are the huge 20 hours of talk time and 1000 hours of standby time it allows between each change.