Most people know that talking on your cell phone has been ticket-worthy since 2008. However, up until June 10th it was a secondary offense if you were caught driving while on your cell phone. This means you couldn’t be pulled over solely for cell phone use. Now an officer can stop and issue you a $124 fine if you’re caught talking on the phone without a hands free device. This presents a problem for many of us who have business calls to conduct while driving, or use our daily commute (25.1 minutes on average) to catch up with family and friends.
In order to stay legal, you need a hands free device. There are many options, the most common being the earpieces or headsets, portable systems (usually visor mount), and installed systems. Headsets are relatively inexpensive ($30 and up) and tend to work fairly well. However they can often be uncomfortable and need regular charging just like your phone. The portable visor kits are about $100, but they still need batteries and tend to have poor call quality.
The installed systems offer the best call quality, don’t need charging, and have some great added benefits and additional features:
- Use of factory speakers for best call quality
- External microphone for optimal placement and noise cancelling technology
- Caller ID through voice and color screen (picture ID for supported phones)
- Added Bluetooth audio, USB, and Aux in capabilities for your factory stereo system (listen to your music phone/pandora/internet radio wirelessly in CD quality!)
- Have multiple phones sync’d with one system
To check out all the hands free systems we have to offer, check out Parrot USA’s website at http://www.parrot.com/usa/
There you will find a wide variety of models which can be installed into any vehicle starting at just $199 installed.