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GoJo: Totally stupid, 'friggin awesome' hands-free iPhone/Android 'headset'

The direct response TV ad for the GoJo Hands Free Headset looks like a spoof until you realize it's not.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.
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The GoJo Hands Free direct-response TV ads recently hit the airwaves (click to enlarge). GioTVProducts

Chalk this one up as one of those products that falls into the stupid but brilliant category.

In fact, the first time a lot of people see the direct-response TV ad for the GoJo Hands Free Headset, they're not sure whether it's a spoof or not.

But oh, no, it's real. Very real. And the GoJo's billed as "the only phone accessory on earth that's truly hands free." Better yet, it works with all cell phones, even cordless phones, and it doesn't require batteries. Rather, it simply has a suction cup that adheres to the back of your phone and the rest of the flexible plastic "headset" slips over your head as fast as you can say "one Mississippi."

Perfect for the gym! GioTVProducts

Of course, people have been jury-rigging cell phones to their ears for a while (slipping your phone under a headband usually does the trick), but this is much slicker. It's an accessory version of one of our favorite Web sites of all time, Sidetalkin'.

As with a lot of these as-seen-on-TV offers, the cost can be a little tricky to figure out. Apparently, you get two "headsets" for $10, plus $7.95 shipping and handling. However, you get an additional two headsets for "free," but you then have to pay an additional $7.95 for shipping and handling.

You can even strap a laptop to your ear. GioTVProducts

So it looks like you're paying $25.90 for four (and I'm not sure on the tax situation). Supposedly, there's a money-back guarantee, but you don't get the $15.90 in shipping and handling charge back. In other words, buyer beware.