Hands-free calls with Jabra Freeway
The birth of Bluetooth
Remember when mobile phones first started becoming popular? A lot of people were sceptical at first but nowadays we couldn't imagine not having one. There was also a time when little earpieces started appearing. People were walking around apparently talking to themselves and it took a while before we realised they were on their phones!
That was the birth of Bluetooth and things have come a long way since then. That's where this device comes in – the Jabra Freeway.
The Jabra Freeway is a self-contained Bluetooth device, allowing you to make hands-free calls while driving, as well as listening to your favourite music and audio from your phone in surround sound. The device itself is a small box that clips onto the driver's sun visor in the car (see photo). Thin and black with a matt finish around the edge and a speaker in the middle, it's well-built and looks good.
The main function of the device is to replace the little Bluetooth earpieces. With a built-in microphone and speaker, the Jabra Freeway allows you to make and receive calls in your car without having to pick up your phone - in fact, you don't even have to touch your phone or even take it out of your bag or pocket. Once your phone has been paired with the device (a simple, painless operation), it will synch in every time they are in range of one another. In other words, as soon as you get in the car, the Freeway will automatically detect your phone and turn itself on, ready to make and receive hand-free calls. It even talks to you to let you know it's ready to go – although you can turn this voice off if you find it a little unnerving!
As far as operation goes, the Jabra Freeway performs very well. We received a number of lengthy phone calls while using it and the sound was clear from both ends. The Bluetooth connection worked faultlessly and not having to even touch your phone or the device to turn it on was a real selling point for us– it really did make talking on the phone while in the car much easier.
As well as working as an independent unit, the Freeway can also connect with your in-car radio by transmitting to a frequency that you can tune into. This allows you to listen to your phone calls through all of your car's speakers, as well as any music or audio tracks you want to play from your phone.
For making and receiving calls in your car, the Jabra Freeway is excellent. You will of course need a phone with Bluetooth, but if you have one, and you make and receive a lot of calls on the road, this would be a great product for you. The only thing we could really fault with the Freeway is that the charging cable, which connects to the cigarette lighter socket, is a little awkward and you need to do some creative positioning of it so it doesn't get in your way while you're driving. The FM transmitter was also a little hit and miss but overall the pros well outweigh the cons and it definitely makes using your phone in the car much easier.