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Can't hold your cellphone? Technology to the rescue
"They do make great gifts," said Brandon Palazzo, a Geek Squad and Mobile Devices Sales Lead at the Best Buy in the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester.
Palazzo said Bluetooth headsets are popular and cost from $25 for a low-end model to $150 or more.
"Some people can't wear them, or have a hard time with them, especially anyone with a hearing aid or that wears glasses," said Palazzo. "A good alternative can be a portable hands-free car kit, like an external speaker for your phone, which allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel using voice-recognition technology."
"With some devices, you can have it read you text messages, but most of them just allow you to answer and make a phone call hands-free," said Palazzo.
Professionally installed car kits integrate with a car's stereo system. Because they are integrated, Palazzo said, when a driver gets a call, the radio mutes and the caller's voice is heard through the audio system. Some systems display caller I.D. and allow drivers to stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Palazzo said they can be transferred easily from vehicle to vehicle if desired.
For older phone handsets without Bluetooth capability, wired headsets are an option. They plug directly into the phone.
On Friday, Zach Cook of Manchester was looking over the selection of Bluetooth devices at Best Buy.
Outside the store, Robin Melchionda of Candia said she wasn't excited about the impending ban.
A recent AAA study concluded use of hands-free devices still results in distracted driving.
AAA supports laws banning texting while driving, full wireless bans for teen drivers and increased penalties for distracted driving.
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