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New Laws Make Now The Time To Get A Bluetooth Headset

You know the joke, right? Whats the first thing to do after getting in a car accident? Hang up the phone! Driving while holding your cell phone to your ear has always been dangerous, but its about to become illegal in several more states. To avoid accidents and tickets, get yourself a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, and make sure to use it.

You know the joke, right?

Whats the first thing to do after getting in a car accident? Hang up the phone!

Driving while holding your cell phone to your ear has always been dangerous, but its about to become illegal in several more states. To avoid accidents and tickets, get yourself a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, and make sure to use it.That hoary joke is the reasoning behind new laws set to take effect on July 1, when California and Washington State join Connecticut, New Jersey and New York in banning driving while talking on the phone, unless you use a hands-free device. Other states are considering similar legislation, so if you want to keep talking, its time to get a Bluetooth headset.

Fortunately, there are lots of great choices at a wide variety of prices. As I noted in an earlier post, I use a Plantronics Voyager 510 that Im very happy with, but I recently picked up a backup Motorola H550 headset for an amazing $4.99  after rebate, natch  at Office Depot Max or something. (Sorry, I have trouble telling those big office-supply stores apart). Heck, the other day LG gave away 1,000 headsets in Los Angeles as a promo!

So, whats the best choice for you and your companys employees?

Well, bMighty recently covered many of the top models in our popular slideshow, but as the deadline approaches, weve updated the list with a couple of new contenders. Check em out right away, because theres no grace period and those CHP officers in the mirrored sunglasses arent known for handing out warnings

But dont despair, you may be able to keep it to a single infraction. It seems online retailer < a href="http://www.headsets.com/feedback/handsfree.html">Headsets.com is promising to give away free Bluetooth headsets to anyone cited under the new laws. Just send them a copy of your ticket

Finally, if the prospect of a traffic ticket isnt enough to put a headset in your ear, maybe this will. According to videos making the rounds on the Internet, put a few cell phones together and the signals are strong enough to pop popcorn!

OK, so the videos were faked by headset maker Cardo. But the company claims that they illustrate the fact that a Bluetooth headset can cut the power radiating into a cell phone users head.

No ticket and an uncooked noggin? Sounds good to me.

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