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As of 7/1/2008 two of Cascadia's provinces have laws in effect which prohibit driving and talking on a cell phone without a hands-free setup. Does anyone have a solid recommendation for one of these units? I'd prefer one that didn't make me look like Locutus of Borg, but if that's what it takes, so be it...

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I have one of those handfree bluetooth speaker units from Motorola.... its great till you pull up to a stop light with the roof down and yea got your buddy on the phone who swears at every other word and everybody around is looking at yuh!

So don't use it to dial that 1-900-Sex-line number while your driving I guess
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Overall,the on-ear Bluetooth units work best,but IME to a great extent you get what you pay for. The lower cost models tend to be heavier, less comfortable and have lower audio quality.I have a Motorola HF700 which works very well but I think genuine* ones are still around $60-70. I also have a cheaper in-ear model which is OK for driving but will fall out if I'm moving about much. Again, not a problem in a car,but some suffer very badly from extraneous noise,especially breezes which sound like a hurricane to the other party. I've recently seen some twin microphone models which are supposed to be effective at noise cancelling but they are $100+.

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Overall,the on-ear Bluetooth units work best,but IME to a great extent you get what you pay for. The lower cost models tend to be heavier, less comfortable and have lower audio quality.I have a Motorola HF700 which works very well but I think genuine* ones are still around $60-70. I also have a cheaper in-ear model which is OK for driving but will fall out if I'm moving about much. Again, not a problem in a car,but some suffer very badly from extraneous noise,especially breezes which sound like a hurricane to the other party. I've recently seen some twin microphone models which are supposed to be effective at noise cancelling but they are $100+.

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Thanks dude, that's really helpful
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I have a Plantronics S510 and like it quite a bit. It is worn on the ear, with different size ear pieces for your comfort, and it is light enough that you may forget you're wearing it. Adequate noise reduction and will fold up to put in your pocket. $42 at Newegg right now.

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Review: Jawbone Bluetooth Handsfree Set— Talk Handsfree, Guiltfree | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

In all my years of trying to find a hands free device for her telecommunication needs while driving (I could open a museum), this is the first one she uses regularly and seems to work as advertised. Bluetooth required.

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