Legal and Safe Driving while talking on
Cell Phone with Bluetooth Enabled Wireless Headset
With the so
many people on the cell phone today it is common to see drivers
talking on the phone while driving. Laws are rapidly changing to
ban the uses of handheld devices while driving. Minnesota, New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania all have bans for use of cell phones to
varying degrees. Other states have limits for school bus drivers,
and drivers under 21 and 18 years of age. It is not just in the
United States, 25 countries have banned the use of hand held cell
phones while driving.
In New Jersey, for example, last
summer they have passed a law that said that a hand held phone while
driving was banned. Gov. Richard J. Codey, is in the process of
introducing legislation to make it a primary offense. If the law
passes it will make it so you get a ticket just for talking on the
cell phone when driving. You can get a ticket currently but it is a
secondary offense and you would have to be doing something else
wrong in order to get pulled over.
The state of Minnesota has an
all out ban on cell phones while driving; the law says “Provisional
driver may not operate a vehicle while using a cell phone”. (eff.
1/06). The other states will permit cell phone if it is not being
held to your ear. You can still use a cell phone driving if you
use a headset. The wireless headsets are popular due to the new
Bluetooth technology. With the combination of the Bluetooth
technology in your cell phone and headset it allows your headset to
automatically connect to your cell phone without any set up.
technology offers a secure connection when using wireless
technology. A cell phone must have the Bluetooth technology built
into it if you are looking at the wireless Bluetooth enabled
headsets. Headsets are not the only use for the wireless Bluetooth
technology; there are currently over 1,000 different manufacturing
applications using the Bluetooth technology. For example,
automobiles are using the Bluetooth wireless technology to build
cell phone connection through the car radio. Computers are using
the technology for wireless keyboards, networking and speakers. GPS
devices, medical equipment, music devices, handheld scanners are
just some more applications installing the Bluetooth wireless
Wireless headsets offer the
freedom of movement compared to traditional headsets. They will
last longer as the wires often get damaged easily. The Bluetooth
technology offers clear sound transmission.
Features to look for are the
battery talk time and the distance for the set to be away from the
phone and still work. Also a consideration is the weight of the
unit, as some customer complains of the discomfort of the weight on
their ear. Sometimes the customer’s ears are smaller than others
and headsets do not fit them well. They were not happy with the
bulk of some, and the complaints were based on connection problems
with their cell phone.
After looking over many of the
different models out there, here are some that showed some customer
satisfaction on Amazon's website.
Motorola HS820 Bluetooth wireless headset - Hematite Gray With
Bluetooth wireless technology, devices work together even up to 10
meters (30 feet) away with 6 hours of talk time. It is 1.1
compliant and sells for $42.99.
Motorola HS850 Bluetooth
wireless headset is compatible with 1.1 Bluetooth wireless
technology phones by Motorola and other manufacturers. It has 8
hours of talk time. It has a boom microphone that folds down when
not in use. It sells for $69.99.
Nokia HS-11W Bluetooth Headset
got good reviews from customers. 1.1 compliant It has a 6 hour talk
time and sells for $55.99
Logitech Mobile Freedom Bluetooth Headset gets rave reviews for
functionality and price at $42.99 it has a 7 hour talk time and a 30
foot talk range. This model supports Bluetooth v1.2
Jabra BT250v Bluetooth Headset
with Vibrating Alert is good for those with small heads or ears. It
has a vibrate mode option for incoming phone calls. Sometimes units
are loose on the users ears and this seems like the biggest
complaint. It has a 7 hour talk time and a 30 foot range. It
sells for $75.99
There are many choices of
wireless headsets. Make sure to consider the weight of the
headset in addition to the compatibility of the bluetooth technology
in your cell phone. If you have a small ears keep a look out
for adjustable features for a better fit.