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Get A Firm Grip!

Get A Firm Grip!!!
by Gary Woods

The date is soon approaching when it will be illegal for you to be talking and driving while holding your cell phone to your ear. Come July 1, 2008 you're going to have to use some kind of hands free device or the long arm of the law will be tapping you on the shoulder.

There are a lot of devices out there that you can choose from. You can attach a cord to your phone with an earpiece on the other end then put your phone in your breast pocket. Or, there are the ubiquitous Bluetooth wireless headsets all of us truly cool people wear so we look like we're talking to someone when we're actually ranting on to ourselves.

The device that bridges the gap is the Motorola T505 ($140). It attaches to your visor and connects to your phone using Bluetooth. When someone rings you up, a cool-sounding British female voice announces Caller ID information. To answer or initiate a call you press the big call button on the front left of the device.

If your phone has an MP3 player the T505 supports stereo Bluetooth so you can also stream music to the device or to your car's stereo. While streaming music you can control tracks by using the play/pause button on the front right side.

For all of you who know you've got to go Hands Free in July but don't want to hang anything in your ear this could be the answer.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc