Posts Tagged ‘handsfree’

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Just Say No to Driving Distractions

Two years ago, Oprah started her campaign to make all cars “No Phone Zones.” Since then, 420,686 people have pledged to do their part to end distracted driving. Are you one of them? You probably should be. As we mentioned last week, a recent study found that 28% of people admit to texting while driving (we guess there are more that didn’t confess to it during the survey).

Even though we all know the dangers of texting while driving, we still have a hard time saying no. What will it take to make us put down the phones and give our attention back to the roads?

Our children. Whether we like it or not, they’re watching us…and mimicking us.

We send our teens out with rules about no phones while driving, but we’re not always practicing what we preach. A few families learned the reality during MSNBC’s “Perils of Parenting” series. Check out the video below to see how our actions are affecting our teen drivers, and even our toddlers.

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What steps are you taking to reduce distracted driving?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Does My Phone work with ZOMM?

A common question we get is, “Is ZOMM compatible with my phone?” It’s an alarmingly smart (nudge nudge) question for people to ask and can be easily answered with another question—“Does your phone have Bluetooth?”

Does ZOMM work with Bluetooth?

That’s right; you don’t have to own a smartphone in order to utilize ZOMM! When we made ZOMM we knew that there were a lot of people out there without smartphones—and those people hate losing their phones as much as anyone else.

Because of that, we created ZOMM with Bluetooth. Since there are few phones produced today without Bluetooth functionality, it is very likely that your phone will work with ZOMM. Basically, if your phone is Bluetooth compatible, then it is also ZOMM compatible.

To show you just how many phones are available with Bluetooth, we suggest you check out this A-Z Bluetooth directory on From the Audiovox 8290T to the VK 530 (and many, many in between), this is an extensive list of Bluetooth-ready phones. Yours is probably on it!

If you’re still unsure if your phone is with the Bluetooth game or not, you can check the user manual or scroll through the options on your phone. Typically Bluetooth is located under “settings” or “tools.”

And, of course, if you have any questions about ZOMM, don’t hesitate to contact us! You can even start a live chat with a customer service representative.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Cell Phones and Children – Keeping Your Kids Safe

Cell phone safety is important for everyone. However, with the rise of cell phone use in children (the average age of first-time cell phone users in the US is between twelve and thirteen), it’s especially important to focus on cell phone safety for kids.

kid cell phone safety

According to the European Multimedia Forum (EMF) journal, many countries have taken steps to ensure children are using cell phones safely:

  • The United Kingdom issued a limitation on use by children under 12.
  • In France, no children under 16 can use cell phones and it is illegal to advertise to children under 12.
  • In both Israel and Russia, cell phone use is banned for children under the age of 12.
  • Japan has general limitations on cell phone use for anyone under the age of 18.

While most of these countries seem to believe cell phone use is affecting children’s health, there aren’t any studies confirming that as true. So while it never hurts to be cautious, we’ve got a few other tips that can help you keep your children safe from proven problems with cell phones:

  • Monitor – Cyberbullying is a sad, but true, issue today. Monitor your child’s cell phone use to make sure they aren’t a giver or receiver of bullying.
  • Regulate – Make sure teens are clear that cell phones and driving do not mix. NO texting while driving and only allow calls when using a hands-free device.
  • Educate – Let your children (especially pre-teens and tweens) know why they have a cell phone. If it’s only to be used to contact Mom and Dad, make that clear—and establish penalties for breaking that rule.

These are our tips for safe cell phone use—do you have any to add to the list? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

ZOMM Bluetooth Speakerphone Function Hands-Free Calls with Cali Lewis

Do you talk with your hands? Do you like to take calls while on-the-go? Are you looking for the perfect Bluetooth speakerphone to make all that possible? Our good friend, Cali Lewis, says ZOMM is the answer.

Not only does ZOMM provide a way to take calls, it’s also a Wireless Leash to prevent you from losing your phone, and has the ability to dial 911 with the press of button!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

ZOMM CTO Gets Caught in the Act! A Message From Peter

Have you ever done something that you know you shouldn’t have…and then got caught in the act?

This happened to me just the other weekend.

As CTO of ZOMM, I carry multiple cell phones and one or more ZOMMs with me at most times.  I keep my work phone paired with the ZOMM on my car keys so that I can answer calls on the go.  That strategy works well for me during the week, but fails me when I borrow my wife’s SUV on weekends.

In this case, while driving the SUV with a spare key set that did not have an attached ZOMM, I got an important work call and was forced to answer the call directly from my phone…

“In 2008, the hands-free law (ESSB 5037) went into effect that prohibits the use of a wireless device such as a cell phone being held to your ear while you are driving.”

…as soon as I put the phone to my ear, I knew I had made the wrong choice. The embarrassing red and blue lights in my rear view mirror further confirmed my bad decision.

As I chatted with the officer, I explained how ironic the situation was.  After all, as CTO of ZOMM, I know the safety benefits of using ZOMM as a hands-free device while driving.  Not only does ZOMM help me manage my calls hands free, but I also know that should I ever be in an accident, help is only a button press away.

Sadly, my explanation didn’t convince her to turn my ticket into a warning… but she really liked ZOMM! She told me that she would be happy to share the virtues of ZOMM as a hands-free device with the other 80 folks she would catch with cell phones to their ears that day.

While her endorsement is welcome, I hope that you were not unlucky enough to hear about ZOMM from that police officer.

I’ve learned my lesson. Those hands-free laws are tough, and the tickets are very expensive. Get your ZOMMs, use them and drive safe everyone!

- Peter

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