London Drugs Ltd.

London Drugs Ltd.

November 29, 2010 08:01 ET

London Drugs: Selecting a Hands-Free Bluetooth Device to Comply With Alberta's New Distracted Driving Laws

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - Using, viewing or even holding a cell phone while driving will soon become illegal in Alberta under the recently passed distracted driving law. When the new legislation comes into effect in mid 2011, Alberta will join much of the rest of the country in banning the use of cell phones while driving. The message is clear: using handheld cell phones while driving is distracting and dangerous. Having just gone through this legislation change and process in British Columbia, London Drugs is pleased to provide our Alberta customers with advice relating to Hands-free Bluetooth devices

Alberta motorists will still be permitted to use hands-free devices and unwired accessories that use Bluetooth technology to transmit signals. For those hoping to continue to talk and drive but avoid the $172 ticket per offence, a wide range of Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth speakerphone car kits are available at London Drugs stores and www.londondrugs.com

"Most cell phones now have Bluetooth compatibility. This functionality allows phones to connect wirelessly to external devices such as headsets or earpieces," says Moez Hassam, Mobile Phone Solutions Specialist and department manager at the London Drugs at Beddington Towne Centre in Calgary. "The device you select will depend on your personal preference and budget."

To help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, here are the features to consider when selecting a hands-free device:

  • Confirm compatibility: In some rare cases Bluetooth headsets may be incompatible with some Bluetooth phones. Look for the compatibility list on the packaging as well as on manufacturers websites or you can ask a London Drugs Mobile Phone Solutions Specialist to determine compatibility.
  • Experiment with different designs: Earhooks and earbuds come in a variety of designs. Try a few varieties to determine what will feel comfortable for the entire length of your commute. The design should feel secure – with no need to adjust while driving. 
  • Keep your driving and phone use habits in mind: If you talk often while driving but you make frequent stops, a headset may be a better option than a car speaker kit. Also consider working ranges. A standardized rating system that classifies ranges into either Bluetooth Class 2 or Bluetooth Class 1 will help you compare products. Bluetooth Class 2 has a working range of up to roughly 33 feet (10 meters). Bluetooth Class 1: have a range of up to 328 feet (100 meters).
  • Consider the vehicle environment: The car can have a noisy interior especially if you often have passengers. Find a headset with good noise cancellation.
  • Specs, Versions and Standards: Bluetooth has three versions of varying quality, power consumption and speed; version 3.0 + HS (High Speed), version 2.1 + EDR, version 2.0 + EDR. Each version has a specific specs and standards with 3.0 being the highest quality and newest model. "EDR", or Enhanced Data Rate, devices have faster data transfer.
  • Device Profile: For headsets, the profile defines the standard capabilities and functionalities of the device. A Headset Profile (HSP) device only allows you to talk on the phone through the headset, accept incoming calls, hang up, and adjust the volume. Hands-Free Profile (HFP) has added functionally such as redial, call waiting handling and dial by voice. 

London Drugs is pleased to offer more than 15 hands-free Bluetooth devices with varied levels of sophistication and prices ranging from $29.99 to $149.99. To choose the right hands-free option for your mobile phone, talk to a London Drugs Mobile Phone Solutions Specialist or visit www.londondrugs.com

For photo, filming and interview opportunities with a London Drugs Mobile Phone Solutions Specialist please contact the undersigned.

About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 75 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.

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