Proven Fact: Bluetooth-Enabled Products Will Improve Your Ride

Saw this article this morning from MESA and thought it was well worth posting:
Unless you live under a rock, Bluetooth technology isn’t a big news flash. You’re thinking, “Yeah, talking on my phone hands free is safe, blah, blah, blah.” But there are a lot more reasons to connect your phone wirelessly to your vehicle. Cool reasons that make adding Bluetooth to your life worth the time.
1. Connectivity: Look ma, no wires!
Bluetooth technology transfers information between your car and phone without the need for a wired connection. Connecting the two during a process called “pairing” is remarkably fast, easy and secure. Better yet, you can connect up to 8 different devices simultaneously with Bluetooth without interference! Can you imagine doing that with wires? No way!
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2. Streaming Audio: A2DP
No, A2DP is not a robot from the Star Wars universe, it’s the feature you’ll see on a lot of Bluetooth devices that allows you to to stream your favorite music from your phone (even if you’re listening to Pandora, Spotify or some other internet radio). And since Bluetooth uses 2-way communication, you can pause, skip and play from your iPod, smart phone, tablet, or whatever Bluetooth device you use.
3. Hands Free Text Messaging (MAP)
The most recent Bluetooth feature to gain widespread adoption turns your car into a text message assistant. Message Access Profile (MAP) reads your texts to you and in some cases even transcribes your vocal response into typed replies! Stop reaching for your phone every time the notification sounds, and focus on the road.
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4. Internet on the Go? Data Tethering
You’ve heard of wireless hotspots? Data Tethering is like that, only it’s personal to your phone and uses a Bluetooth connection instead of WiFi. While good in a pinch for doing things like answering emails on your laptop, the connection is too slow for real Web browsing. Additional costs or registration for this feature vary between carriers.
5. Telephony (HFP)
Install a tiny microphone, and the Hands-Free Profile (HFP) will turn your car stereo into a killer speakerphone system. Then to make it even better, integrate the Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP), and sync contacts from your phone to receiver. The coolest receivers can display the names of callers, browse your contacts (sometimes via voice control), and access recent call history.
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All this sounds great, so how can you get it??
In order to use this technology, you first need a Bluetooth-capable phone. From there, it’s time to find a new receiver or device that takes of advantage of all these Bluetooth features. Let us help! Our sales staff will assist you in upgrading your current receiver or helping you find a suitable Bluetooth device for your existing radio.
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