Can You Hear Me Now?
Unfortunately, older vehicles may not have Bluetooth connectivity — and installing expensive, replacement components in the dash may not be practical. All is not lost, however: There are several add-on devices that simply clip on the sun visor and transform your phone into a hands-free device using voice commands. After a little bit of research, I found a nice unit on Amazon — the Sunitec model BC980SA — that fit the bill perfectly. As an added plus, it was less than $40.
The Sunitec device is one of those products without a recognizable name, which means it’s built in China, but it’s a sweet little hands-free Bluetooth device utilizing wireless 5.0 connectivity and is equipped with an integrated speaker. It even has an auto power On/Off feature that detects vibration when leaving or entering the vehicle. It will also support two phones at the same time, and it has “voice assist” so you can send a text or ask Siri for guidance to the nearest fuel station, grocery store or a campground. It comes with a charging cord that can be connected to a 12-volt DC outlet adapter or it can be plugged into a laptop computer for recharging; talk time is about 20 to 22 hours while standby time extends to 100 hours.
As a bonus, if you have multiple vehicles, it can be moved very easily from one sun visor to the next. You can even put it on a table in your RV and use it to participate on a conference call. This svelte device is packed with features and is a real bargain for the money. And speaker clarity is very good.
There’s no question that this device will provide much-needed safety while driving your motorhome, dinghy or tow vehicle. The biggest question is whether your partner can stand the incessant jabbering.