Decoding Hands-Free Technology

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WASHINGTON, DC--Hands-free technology allows users to wirelessly connect their phones to an earpiece for hands free talking.

Which one will get the job done for you? We have compiled a list of consumer reviews from all across the web to help you go hands free.

When purchasing a hands free device, many consumers look for comfortable fit, sleek design, good battery life all at a reasonable price. Weigh your options and go hands free!      

Here are the top 10 hands free devices on the market today.


Corded Headset with Microphone- Average cost $15

Advantages: No need for batteries, stereo sound if you wear both ear buds at the same time.


Disadvantages: Tangled wires, microphone can rub on clothing and cause excess noise.




Blue Ant Q1: Average cost: $54


Advantages: One touch answering, comfortable


Disadvantages: Poor battery life, misinterpreted voice commands



Aliph Jawbone Icon- Average cost: $72


Advantages: Spoken announcements about battery life and caller ID, long battery life


Disadvantages: Some difficulty connecting to phone, may fall out of ear




Plantronics Discovery 975- Average cost: $65


Advantages: Comfortable, professional, small, excellent noise reduction


Disadvantages: Talk button is sometimes hard to press, reviewers heard a "hiss"



Plantronics Voyager Pro- Average cost: $59


Advantages: Works with iPhone, indicates when battery is low


Disadvantages: Heavy, some complain of design flaws, discomfort 


Aliph Jawbone Prime- Average cost: $99 - $139


Advantages: Fashionable, snug ear fit, cancels out wind noise


Disadvantages: Has hidden buttons, a singular volume button, soft volume



Jabra Extreme- Average cost: $34


Advantages: Features "Noise Blackout", voice enhancement


Disadvantages: Some say it has a "boring design", soft volume


USB Multimedia Stereo Headset- Average cost: $50


Advantages: Can be used with phone, music or computer, good sound quality


Disadvantages: bulky, outdated, loose connections to cell phone


Motorola HS850 Bluetooth headset- Average cost: $30


Advantages: Clear sound, easy to use, small


Disadvantages: Slippery, flat design, hard to hold



Motorola H710- Average cost $24


Advantages: Rated "very good" by, customers say it has high comfort, good sound quality.


Disadvantages: Several users say the microphone stopped working after several months. Others said the device stopped holding a charge after a few months of use as well.



(All reviews were obtained from various consumer review websites such as,,

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