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Parrot's combo Bluetooth speakerphone and GPS receiver
January 7, 2005; 12:35 p.m.
The product works with your car stereo speakers for optimum sound quality. Parrot also makes a range of Bluetooth car products, many of which are plug and play, such as the DriveBlue+, a $99 Bluetooth speakerphone that plugs into your cigarette lighter socket. It's improved this year with a more powerful speaker and a better microphone.
The price: $379; requires professional installation.
The prospects: Bluetooth is already big in Europe, though not so much here in the United States. But as more states join New York and New Jersey in prohibiting drivers from holding a phone while they drive, the market for accessories such as this will improve--that is, until all cars come with Bluetooth built in (currently only about two dozen U.S. models do).
By Rafe Needleman, editor, CNET Reviews
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