The Road Warrior's Guide to BlackBerry Car Accessories
Quick, where do you make most of your phone calls? If you are like many people you will answer, “In my car.” And no wonder, the average person spends 100 hours per year commuting to work. Where else do you get uninterrupted time to catch up with friends and family? To make phoning in your car easier—and safer—here are five BlackBerry® accessories every road warrior should have.
1. BlackBerry® Automotive Charger
First on the list for convenience is the BlackBerry Automotive Charger. A car charger keeps you fully juiced virtually everywhere you go.
Starts at $24.99 US
2. Garmin Mobile® for BlackBerry smartphones app
As every road warrior knows there is more to a BlackBerry smartphone than phone calls. The built-in GPS and BlackBerry® Maps lets you know your location and get directions. For turn-by-turn spoken directions right on your smartphone—without purchasing a separate GPS—get the Garmin Mobile® for BlackBerry smartphones app.
$99–$149 US, no subscription fee
3. BlackBerry® Wireless Headset HS-500
Next, with many jurisdictions now requiring hands-free devices for calling on a mobile phone, the next item in the well-equipped auto is a hands-free device. The most universal solution is the BlackBerry® Wireless Headset HS-500. It also works with selected third-party GPS mapping applications so you can listen to turn-by-turn directions. This little wonder fits comfortably in the ear and works outside your car too.
Tip: For best results with Bluetooth devices, keep your BlackBerry smartphone within direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device. For example, if your BlackBerry smartphone is on the right side of your body, wear a Bluetooth headset in your right ear.
4. BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605
For a great sounding and feature-rich hands-free experience, choose the BlackBerry® Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605. Just clip it to your car's visor, turn it on, and you're ready to start talking hands-free. Calls and songs from your BlackBerry smartphone are routed through your car's FM stereo system for superior sound. Also enjoy voice dialing, audio caller ID, and turn-by-turn GPS voice prompts (when used with a GPS Mapping application).
Visor mount tutorial videos:
- Features and components
- How to connect with your car stereo system
- How to pair with your BlackBerry smartphone
Share contacts with a paired Bluetooth-enabled car kit
- On the Home screen, click the Manage Connections icon.
- Click Bluetooth Options.
- Highlight a Bluetooth® enabled car kit.
- Press the Menu key.
- Click Connect.
- Press the Menu key.
- Click Transfer Contacts.
5. Parrot MKi9200 Advanced Bluetooth Car Kit
For the fullest hands-free mobile experience get the Parrot MKi9200 Advanced Bluetooth Car Kit with a 2.4-inch high-resolution color screen. The kit integrates with your car's audio system (professional installation is included) for the highest-quality phone and music experience.