With two Elementary age children, I’m constantly on the go. It’s great that we have a wonderful bus driver to bring my children to and from school, however, some days we have to battle the car lane. Some days we’re driving THROUGH school zones around town, keeping us from using our cell phones in a school zone.
That’s right, On September 1, 2009, a new Texas law went into effect prohibiting the use of a wireless device within a reduced-speed school zone. Cellular phones may be used while the vehicle is stopped in a school zone or with a hands-free device. I’m glad that wireless devices CAN be used to make emergency calls to police, fire, and emergency medical services. I’m not too keen on racking up a $200 fine should I have to make an emergency phone call while in a School Zone, if you know what I mean?
Thanks to BlackBerry, I don’t have to worry about hefty fines or cutting my phone call short in a School Zone. I’ve discovered the new BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone to work with my BlackBerry Storm, keeping me safe and a law abiding Momma.
This device is a hands-free Bluetooth® speakerphone. You can enjoy your BlackBerry smartphone on the road by simply clipping it to your visor and turning it on.
-Music ready: listen to the music on your smartphone through your car’s stereo system.
-Works with GPS Mapping Apps: get to where you need to be with turn-by-turn directions.
-Voice Activated Dialing: Hands free calling keeps your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
-Slim Design: Conveniently mounts on your car’s visor and stays out of your way.
-Battery Charge: Up to 13hrs talk time. Use your BlackBerry car charger to charge the device.
-Compatibility: Is compatible with most BlackBerry devices and other BlueTooth enabled phones.
I’ve got to say, without shame, that I usually don’t ever drive and talk on the phone at the same time, not because I’m one of those “Safety First Freaks”, but mainly because I simply can’t do it. I’ll be the FIRST one to tell you I can NOT drive and talk on the phone at the same time. There is noticeable distraction with the phone, kids screaming, traffic coming, that it’s a no brainer to just NOT do it.
I tested my BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone while on a trip to Memphis, TN with my husband. We set it up without effort at all. I mean, if you’ve set up BlueTooth on your phone, you can set this up. It works just like it. In fact, he set it up on HIS phone (not a BlackBerry) first and then tested it with mine. Easy set up for both!
My FAVORITE part of this hands-free device, is that it is voice activated! I can simply push a button on the speakerphone, say, “Call Brian” and VOILA! Of course, I needed to make sure I was saying the correct name because it won’t call Brian if I’m saying, “Call Hubby.” “Call Sweetie.” “Call Love Bug”.
I’m all about saving so, the fact that you can use your BlackBerry charger to charge the device is really great! It keeps it simple and I don’t have to juggle two different car charges in my over flowing SUV. I mean, I have ENOUGH Hot-Wheels and diapers to mess with in there! I simply clip this to my visor and it’s out of site and out of mind until I have to make a call that is.
Another fun feature we enjoyed is being able to play our music from the phone to the car. I have LOADS of my favorite tunes on my phone, even music my children like. So, it’s awesome that I can play those with a touch of a button, keeping them happy and entertained until we reach our destination.
–Stereo Reception: I found that, while driving, it’s hard to keep your radio reception in sync with your Speakerphone. This makes it hard to actually use this device with the speakers of your car, however, I’m happy with using the device alone. You can hear music and phone calls clearly from the speaker on the device.
All in all, this is a perfect way to stay safe while driving and I would recommend this to other parents searching for a way to stay off that cell phone while in School Zones.
To learn more or make a purchase head over to ShopBlackBerry.com. The BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone sells for the suggested retail price of $99.99. An investment definitely worth taking to secure your safety on the road.
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