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Old 07-01-2008, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In light of this new hands-free device law, I saw a TV ad that showed a speakerphone device that is designed for vehicle use. It looked like one of those radar detectors. It connected to the blackberry via bluetooth and allowed you to speak on your phone without the need to be holding the blackberry. Has anyone seen anything like that? I'd rather not use one of those bluetooth things you stick on your ear (my ears are too small, anyway.)

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Why not just use the built in speaker phone mode?
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Why not just use the built in speaker phone mode?
Because the law specifically states that you cannot use speakerphone. Why I don't know.

Here is one I was looking at for my wife:

MotoROKR T505 – have we reached perfection? | Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine

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In my opinion the best one out there is the MOTOROKR T505 from Motorola.

You can even have it find an empty FM station for you and you can have a conversation with someone and hear them through your car speakers.
Great noise rejection and person your speaking to doesn't hear echoes.

You can also send your mp3s from your BB through ROKR to FM channel and listen to your music.

Also has great battery life and comes with a car charger.

my $.02 anyway.

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Because the law specifically states that you cannot use speakerphone. Why I don't know.

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Wow that is strange. It really doesn't make sense that you can have a bluetooth speakerphone conversation be it through an external device or the car's built in BT receiver, but the speakerphone that is a part of the device isn't acceptable.
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I don't think our laws in California prohibit speakerphone use, just the holding of the phone up to your face. At least I don't recall reading about that.

The motorola device sounds like the one I saw on TV this morning. I'll check it out.
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Wow that is strange. It really doesn't make sense that you can have a bluetooth speakerphone conversation be it through an external device or the car's built in BT receiver, but the speakerphone that is a part of the device isn't acceptable.
So you're expecting politicians to be rational? Give me a call -- I've got a bridge that I'd like to talk to you about.

The Blue Ant gets good reviews.

BlueAnt Supertooth Light Compact Bluetooth Speakerphone -- Black - 093744 - Buy.com
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Motorola makes a bluetooth speakerphone that a number of people have told me they enjoy using...I do not recall the model number on it but it is just a little bigger than one of their headsets.
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After months of review reading, and research, I finally picked up a Motorola T505. I have to say this device is as good as I wanted it to be. The audio quality is top notch, the audible caller ID (phone # only), and the auto FM finder (FM audio is optional, you can use the built-in speaker), set this device apart from the others on the market.

The final gem is I can now stream radio beautifully with 4.5 and the moodio.fm service, add the T505 to the mix, and you are left with endless radio options in your car, if you get tired of running through your playlists.

I have not tried out Voice Dialing, but am willing to load it back on the phone to give it a shot. This would be the scenario I would use it.

I am going to use the device for a week or so and post a more detailed official review.

UPDATE: I have installed VAD back onto my phone, and it works very well. Typical inaccuracies from the app, but the integration is very good.
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