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London Drugs touts Bluetooth offerings with law change
November 30th, 2010
CALGARY, Alberta – Recently passed legislation on distracted driving in Alberta has London Drugs spotlighting its selection of Bluetooth devices to customers in the province.
The Canadian drug store chain said this week that using, viewing or even holding a cell phone while driving will become illegal in Alberta when the new legislation takes effect in mid-2011. Drivers in the province looking to avoid the $172 ticket per offense will still be permitted to use hands-free devices and unwired accessories that use Bluetooth technology to transmit signals.
Having just gone through this legislation change and process in British Columbia, London Drugs is urging Alberta customers to talk to one of its mobile phone solutions specialist for help in choosing the right hands-free solution and to visit its web site for advice relating to hands-free Bluetooth devices.
The drug retailer, whose stores feature extensive electronics departments, noted that it offers more than 15 hands-free Bluetooth devices, including headsets and speakerphone car kits, with varied levels of sophistication and prices ranging from $29.99 to $149.99.
"Most cell phones now have Bluetooth compatibility. This functionality allows phones to connect wirelessly to external devices such as headsets or earpieces," stated Moez Hassam, mobile phone solutions specialist and department manager at the London Drugs store in Beddington Towne Centre in Calgary, Alberta. "The device you select will depend on your personal preference and budget."
Tips from the retailer about choosing a Bluetooth device include confirm compatibility; try different designs to determine comfort and convenience; keep driving and phone use habits in mind, consider the vehicle environment; examine device specifications, versions and standards; and take note of the device profile, such as a headset profile or a hands-free profile.