Hands Free Cell Phone - bluetooth headset

Handsfree cellular describes cell phone equipment that can be used without the use of hands (for example via voice commands) or, in a wider sense, equipment which needs only limited use of hands, or for which the controls are positioned so that the hands are able to occupy themselves with another task (such as driving) without needing to hunt far afield for the controls.

Devices that are typically used for handsfree communication use Bluetooth as its wireless technology. They still require a mobile phone or other device to initiate a call. These devices include Bluetooth headsets, hands-free car kits (HFCK), and personal navigation devices (PND). Originally introduced as optional features connected by a wire to mobile phones or other communication devices, they now generally are available with wireless technology.

Bluetooth handsfree options are now also easily found in any high end automotive as part of the vehicle's stereo system, or in after market stereo system units. This option utilizes the vehicle's speakers to transmit the caller's voice in the phone call and have an embedded microphone in the stereo unit itself, the steering wheel, or use a separate wired microphone that can be placed anywhere in the vehicle.

In British Columbia the law says:

As of Jan. 1, 2010, B.C.’s new law will make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held cellphones and other portable electronic devices. Among the prohibitions:

No operating, viewing or holding hand-held cellphones or other electronic devices
No sending or reading emails and/or texting (e.g., BlackBerry, PDA, cell phone)
No operating or holding hand-held music or portable gaming devices (e.g., MP3 players, iPods)
No manual programming or adjusting GPS systems, whether built into the vehicle or not, while driving. Settings must be programmed before driving
No viewing of a television screen
Any of the above devices can be used if the vehicle is legally parked and not impeding traffic, and to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

In addition to the above restrictions, new drivers enrolled in the Graduated Licensing Program are prohibited from using hands-free communications devices while driving, including cellphones.

You may use an electronic device in a hands-free telephone function while driving if:

The electronic device, as well as any part or extension of it, is not held or operated by the hand; and
It is voice-activated or requires only one touch in order to initiate, accept or end a call; and
If the device includes an earpiece, that earpiece can be worn in one ear only and must be placed on the ear prior to driving*; and
The electronic device is securely fixed to the vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body, and is within easy reach of the driver's seat; and
The device must be installed in a manner that does not obstruct the driver's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.
*Motorcyclists are exempt from the one ear requirement and may have an earpiece in both ears.

As well, manual dialling is prohibited and is treated as texting.

Two-way radios that operate on a set frequency (principally used for commercial purposes and by federally licensed amateur radio operators) and mobile data terminals are not included in the scope of the electronic device prohibitions, and can be used by any licensed driver.

Hand-held devices can be used to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, or if the driver has pulled over and is out of the flow of traffic.

Hands-free cell phone use is just one easy step away - just clip over your existing mirror and go! Perfect for use in multiple vehicles, this portable unit automatically connects with up to four Bluetooth-enabled phones at once. It stores up to 200 phonebook entries and features a built-in microphone, dual speakers and voice dialing for true hands-free use. Automatic caller ID appears on the LED display. A single button performs all functions - answer, reject, end, redial, transfer, voice dial and dual-call switch. An audio output jack connects it to your MP3 music player. It broadcasts to your vehicle's FM radio for full-effect phone or music sound. The lithium-ion battery lasts up to 220 hours on standby (13-hour talk time) and recharges from your vehicle's 12-volt DC socket.