I use an Xlink Bluetooth cellular gateway at home at all times. Since
the cell phone is always in the location for optimal signal strength and
is within inches of the Xlink, the voice on ALL linked "regular" phones
is crystal clear.
As RBM said, Bluetooth is a SHORT range wireless technology.
I sometimes use a (quality LG) bluetooth earbud with my cell phone and
the sound quality is perfect. My F350 has the Ford/M$ Sync setup and
it's bluetooth phone control and speakerphone are also perfect quality.
Never had a problem with bluetooth but it does seem that when I call
someone using it they like to use the speakerphone. This can be a real
pain on my non speakerphone end as they tend to pick up all kinds of
A good speakerphone will have good noise canceling abilities. I use my
speakerphone a lot (two neighboring states have a handsfree requirement
and it is more convenient anyway) and it takes a while before the person
to whom you are speaking even realizes you are in motion.
My boss uses a Bluetooth and it drives me crazy. I can't hear her half
the time. Her VMs blank out or else sound watery.
I use my own cell for personal calls. Everyone can hear me and I them.
All I can say is my boss's phone/bluetooth is awful. I can hear her all
the time telling people....what? or else repeating back to them. She
has dropped calls all the time. So I know other people have the same
probs hearing what she says. She has a fancy phone, but it's
crap(verizon). My personal cell is a simple Nokia and it's prepaid, and
better than hers.
How about when you talk to them face to face? If they are still
unintelligible, take the booze away.
Some Bluetooth sets, as well as phones themselves, are really cheap crap
and give distorted sounds. I've found that just hanging up on them works.
After a couple of times they call back on a land line.
The whole concept is absurd anyway. What's dangerous about cell phone in
cars is the conversation, more so than the fact that someone might be
holding the cell phone in their hand. This has been proven multiple times
using very simple experiments. Women are worse than men in this regard
because they tend to get more wrapped up in conversations. Freeing their
hands offers little or no improvement.
Pretty much true, but at least you can move your head more freely and make
turns better so I guess it is marginal improvement. The biggest problem,
IMO, is convincing people that talking on the phone really is different that
listening to the radio and the conversation does take brain power. A quick
call "what's for dinner" may not be so bad in light traffic, but taking an
order from a customer or giving tech support for a problem is far different.
What is scary about Bluetooth is that it frees your hands to write down
notes while driving and talking.
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