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April 19, 2004 3:18:46 AM

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Here's a list of functions that I'd
like to have in a cell phone and headset.
I spend a lot of time in the car, and
these functions would allow me to safely
drive and use the phone simultaneously.

1. I want a phone that can immediately
recite into my headset the digits of
the calling party's caller ID, so I
don't have to look at the display.

2. I want a headset with a button that
would allow me to answer and hang up
without touching the phone.

3. I want a phone and headset that would
allow me to speak the number that I
want to dial and then dial it, without
requiring me to touch the phone at all.

How much of what I want is doable today
with Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, T-Mobile, or
Nextel? Please mention any brands or models
that I might consider.

Can you think of any other driver-friendly
functions that I should consider?

Can I approximate functions 1, 2, and 3 above
using extra equipment apart from a phone
and headset?

Thanks in advance.

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Anonymous
April 20, 2004 1:53:49 PM

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xx-google@telefog.com (Mark) wrote in message news:<304679cd.0404182218.1d507e16@posting.google.com>...
> Here's a list of functions that I'd
> like to have in a cell phone and headset.
> I spend a lot of time in the car, and
> these functions would allow me to safely
> drive and use the phone simultaneously.
>
> 1. I want a phone that can immediately
> recite into my headset the digits of
> the calling party's caller ID, so I
> don't have to look at the display.
>

Don't know if any phone that does this, but instead you can get a
phone feature called distinctive ring. You then program a distinctive
ring pattern for that number. You can also download some name rings
from verizon GIN apps, like "your wife is calling'. My
Toshiba/Audiovox has Gin programable/destinctive rings as do many
other phones.


> 2. I want a headset with a button that
> would allow me to answer and hang up
> without touching the phone.
>

Easy, the Jabra Earwrap EWSam302 ~$20 (among many others with an
on/off button). The on/off button is on the headset cord. Usually
designated Samsung 'voice activated" headsets. ne of the best kept
handsfree dialing secrets on the planet. Again, my Audiovox Toshiba
9500 does this. I have 100 voicedial locations and in theory, never
need to touch the phone to send or receive calls while using the
headset. Samsung phones and some others support this feature. Motorola
also has a version.


> 3. I want a phone and headset that would
> allow me to speak the number that I
> want to dial and then dial it, without
> requiring me to touch the phone at all.
>

It's called something like digit dial, so you can dial buy speaking
digits. Some of the new phones have this. Voicedial will work much
quicker, but the number has to be in programmed into the phonebook.
Most phones only have 10-20 voicedial locations, and they aren't
always recognized buy the phone software. Some phones also have voice
menu shortcuts.

Phonescoop.com phonefinder may list some of these features.
It's all available, although I'm not sure which phones have it all.

Verizon and others have a pay service, includes a huge remote address
book that may be integrated with voicedial, but I haven't used it.

There are wireless headsets, which have got mixed reviews, which
eliminate the cable between headset and phone. Not sure how many of
the above functions integrate with a wireless headset.

-----
David
Anonymous
April 20, 2004 9:54:37 PM

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On 18 Apr 2004 23:18:46 -0700, xx-google@telefog.com (Mark) wrote:


>3. I want a phone and headset that would
> allow me to speak the number that I
> want to dial and then dial it, without
> requiring me to touch the phone at all.
>

>How much of what I want is doable today
>with Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, T-Mobile, or
>Nextel? Please mention any brands or models
>that I might consider.

The most advanced voice dialing features are from Voice Signal
Technologies. You can see the phone models and carriers containing
their stuff at: http://www.voicesignal.com/products/gallery.shtml

Accurate digit dialing is tougher than you might think, and to be very
useful, you have to be able to speak using "connected digits" - that
is, without having to pause after each digit. Otherwise it's
agonizingly slow.

>Can you think of any other driver-friendly
>functions that I should consider?

Some other useful hands-free features include:

voice-activated phone book - voice dial any contact in your address
book without having to first record it

voice status - the phone tells you battery level, signal strength,
roaming status, etc. in response to a voice command

voice menu - navigate through some of the phone's menus using voice
commands instead of key presses.



-- Jim McGinnis
Anonymous
April 21, 2004 12:52:52 PM

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Jim McGinnis <remove_this.mcginnis@and_this.ieee.org> wrote in message news:<r26b80lgagnhmc02hdiut0k37cgcjl03kk@4ax.com>...

Looks to me like you want the VX4500 from Verizon.

In driving mode:
a) the caller id is spoken into headset or through speaker.
b) to place a call - you do have to open the phone, but then it is all
voice commands: speaking digits or speaking a contact name from your
phonebook
c) the button on the headset will let me accept a call or redial the
last number or hangup on an in process call

I am still working out some issues with the headset - it seems to
redial the last number in memory (received or placed call) whenever I
unplug the thing.

It's turing out to be a great phone - as I learn more about how to use
it.

Mike Allshouse
MDAllshouse1@aol.com

> On 18 Apr 2004 23:18:46 -0700, xx-google@telefog.com (Mark) wrote:
>
>
> >3. I want a phone and headset that would
> > allow me to speak the number that I
> > want to dial and then dial it, without
> > requiring me to touch the phone at all.
> >
>
> >How much of what I want is doable today
> >with Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, T-Mobile, or
> >Nextel? Please mention any brands or models
> >that I might consider.
>
> The most advanced voice dialing features are from Voice Signal
> Technologies. You can see the phone models and carriers containing
> their stuff at: http://www.voicesignal.com/products/gallery.shtml
>
> Accurate digit dialing is tougher than you might think, and to be very
> useful, you have to be able to speak using "connected digits" - that
> is, without having to pause after each digit. Otherwise it's
> agonizingly slow.
>
> >Can you think of any other driver-friendly
> >functions that I should consider?
>
> Some other useful hands-free features include:
>
> voice-activated phone book - voice dial any contact in your address
> book without having to first record it
>
> voice status - the phone tells you battery level, signal strength,
> roaming status, etc. in response to a voice command
>
> voice menu - navigate through some of the phone's menus using voice
> commands instead of key presses.
>
>
>
> -- Jim McGinnis
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