Originally Posted by John Clark
Yeah, I don't think the S9 is legal for driving in CA even though the sound only comes out of one ear while on a phone call.
The other issue with the S9 is it cuts out when used outside. Weird but it's a common problem with the S9.
I still don't understand the "cuts out when outside" aspect but used it quite successfully yesterday while raking the leaves and mowing the lawn. I suspended the BB (8830) from a lanyard and hung it around my back. No cut-outs. It worked fine in a waist pocket in my fleece inside but cut-out when I walked out. Suspended as noted above and it worked for 2 hours.
Similar issue: Placed BB in a small daypack so it was at the bottom of the pack. Was working fine as I was finishing up inside the house. Walked out and it was breaking up. Moved the BB to the top flap pocket (near shoulder blades) and it worked fine for a 4 mile walk!!!
I don't know enough about Bluetooth waves to figure out why the S9's work in some positions in the house but once outside lose contact. Does BT like confined spaces and bounce signals off the walls?