June is Safe Driving Month and there are still a few days left. Were giving away the next generation of the Motorola Roadster 2 Handsfree In-Car Speakerphone to help drivers keep their hands on the wheel while driving. The universal (works with most Bluetooth phones) accessory lets you stream music and calls through the built-in speakerphone or the car stereo. In addition to many of the features found in the previous version, this model will also work with the new Motorola Car Finder app that automatically marks where the car has been parked and then can provide walking or driving directions to help you return to the car.
In honor of Safe Driving Month were giving you a chance to win a Motorola Roadster 2. All you need to enter is follow LetsTalk on Twitter and retweet: Win a MOTOROLA ROADSTER 2 Bluetooth! #MOTOLT
Note: Only one entry per person per day through Twitter. The giveaway has just begun and ends Sunday, June 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So, be sure to spread the word on Twitter.
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Sprints latest Android phone, the ZTE Fury, is an affordable smartphone that can be customized to meet the needs of families. The 3G handset has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, and comes with 4GB of internal storage space. It also works with Spring ID, a feature that will customize the phone with apps, wallpapers, and more when a selected ID theme is downloaded. Parents thinking of getting kids who are new to driving this smartphone will likely want to spend the extra $2 a month for the Sprint Drive First app, which automatically sends incoming calls to voicemail when the phone is in a car going more than 10 MPH making sure not to distract new drivers.
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With cell phones performing more tasks, more and more people are finding that they need a permanent spot for them in the car especially in light of all the laws banning use of a cell phone while driving. Griffin showed off a product that could do the trick, the WindowSeat 3 Handsfree. Once the product is mounted to a windshield or dashboard, users can securely place their smartphone in the 3-point mounting bracket and then adjust it in place so that it can be seen at the right angle (think: turning it into a better position to see driving directions from a map on the phone.) The accessory works with a plethora of smartphones since it is so adjustable, though you likely will not be moving the WindowSeat 3 Handsfree accessory between multiple cars. It also comes with an auxillary audio cable so you can connect the phone to the car stereos Aux-in jack and use the built-in microphone for handsfree calling.
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The Sound ID SIX Bluetooth headset sports a lightweight design and is loaded with features. SIX has many of the features needed so users wont have to take their hands off the wheel while wearing it. The VoiceMenu can be used to verbally access voicemail, search Bing, get 411 information, and even dial phone numbers. For those who dont want to access features verbally the headset sports a Smart Touch Surface for performing similar tasks and more with a quick touch. The SIX also works with Sound IDs EarPrint App that lets users create personalized listening preferences, check battery life, and even has a "Find Me" feature that triggers the headset to start beeping so it can easily be found. When paired with an Android smartphone the app supports Text-to-Speech functionality for text messages. The app also works with iPhone, and most BlackBerry phones. Finally, the headset can be paired and used with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. The Sound ID SIX is available now for $129.99.
Google Wallet was announced a few month ago. The first cell phone it works on is the Nexus S 4G. The Android application uses the built-in Near Field Communications (NFC) chip in the phone to send and receive payment information at participating locations. We take a close look at how it works while getting a refreshing treat at Jamba Juice in the video below.
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In this installment of Questions and Answers, we'll define iDEN and tell you about syncing a phone with a car via Bluetooth. Got a question you want answered? Submit your question here. You can also ask me on Twitter. Got something to add to the answers below? Leave a comment.
What's an iden phone? - gkrichardson
An iDEN phone works on the Sprint-Nextel iDEN network. The special feature in IDEN phones is the walkie-talkie functionality. It lets people with other iDEN phones communicate without placing a call. These phones also work on Sprint's CDMA network so they can be used to place calls and everything else you might do with a typical cell phone.
If a cell phone can do Bluetooth syncing does that mean it will sync with Toyota vehicles? gdstubble
Bluetooth syncing refers to the phone's ability to sync with other Bluetooth devices. Typically, if it says 'yes' to Bluetooth syncing you can usually sync it with the Bluetooth feature in a car. Although, depending on the degree of compatibility all features may not be available.
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In this week's edition, we discuss Steve Jobs leaving Apple, the new BlackBerry Curve models, the BBM music service, and a presidential app. She also takes a closer look at the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and answers viewer questions.
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Did you know that June is safe driving month? That means clearing away distractions while you drive which includes talking on the phone or texting while driving. With that in mind weve been trying out the portable Motorola Roadster Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone. The product is similar to the Motorola T505 in that it lets you stream calls and music through the speaker or through the car radio. But thats not all it can do.
For starters, the Motorola Roadster is simple to use and easy to pair. Simply turn on the device and activate Bluetooth on your cell phone and the Roadster takes care of the rest. Theres no need to hold down a specific button or perform any extra tasks. You can also pair the Roadster with two cell phones - a definite plus for people that still have to carry around two phones (one for work and one for personal use). In our tests we were able to pair the Roadster with the Samsung Epic 4G and the DROID X2 by Motorola with ease. We were able to make/receive calls with both models through the included speaker.
The Motorola Roadster also has a FM button for streaming calls and music from the cell phone through the car radio. In our tests, we found the feature worked great with the Motorola DROID X2, but not the Samsung Epic 4G. To find a free FM station for streaming youll need to hit the + or buttons to go through the stations. The Motorola Roadster doesnt perform a scan looking for any available frequency; instead, it manually checks each station.
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Since June is safe driving month, LetsTalk.coms latest giveaway is focused on helping consumers drive safer by using a handsfree device with cell phones. With that in mind, LetsTalk teamed up with Motorola to bring consumers the Stay Connected and Drive Responsibly This Summer giveaway. What can you win? Two fans every Thursday through July 7th will be chosen to win a Motorola Roadster Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone. The universal (works with most Bluetooth phones including iPhone) accessory lets you stream music and calls through the built-in speakerphone or the car stereo. Additionally, if you use a BlackBerry or Android cell phone you can have even more functionality by downloading and installing the MotoSpeak app from the corresponding market place. This app will read incoming text messages and you can respond to them as well. Hows that for keeping your eyes on the road and your hands at ten and two on the steering wheel while driving?
All you have to do to enter the Giveaway is follow this link to enter your e-mail address, then follow LetsTalk on Twitter and use hashtag #Motordster. Note: Only one entry per person per day through Twitter. The giveaway has just begun and ends Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So, be sure to spread the word on Twitter.
In the meantime, be sure to take the Motorola Responsbility on the Road Pledge on Facebook and drive safely.
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In this edition, we check out Sprints HTC EVO 3D and the Motorola Roadster In-Car Bluetooth accessory. Other news covered includes the HTC Sensation 4G, T-Mobile's More for Me app, Groupon Mobile deals, Google mobile search options, cool apps for Dads and Angry Bird updates.
Many states and counties have already enacted laws about driving and talking on the cell phone, but you still may want access to your phone at the very least for directions to your destination. Consider these accessories from Clingo - they can go on your car's dashboard or attach to the vent of your car and they work with any cell phone. See the full offering shown at CES in the video below:
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