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Cheapest car kit solution

You’re probably not as extreme as myself, changing handsets every few weeks, but there may be other reasons to get a car kit. Safety is one, draconic fines for being on the phone while driving may be another.

A decent car kit will cost you between $100 and $200, depending on the amount of integration (radio mute, using the car stereo’s speakers, DSP). I thought I had found the perfect solution with the Parrot CK3000 bluetooth car kit, but the different bluetooth implementations with phones showed that there’s still room for improvement. The concept also failed for phones without bluetooth, naturally.

But I think my latest solution has got what it takes: I got a twin card (receives calls for the same number than the main card) for a small fee from my operator, bought a really old Siemens S4 phone with car kit off eBay for roughly $25, put it into that car and that’s it. MUCH cheaper than *any* decent car kit could ever be.

Now I just switch off whatever phone I’m carrying for the drive, enter the PIN in the car phone and I’m all set.

There’s lots and lots of really good old phones for less than $20 on eBay. The larger size of the older ones and the LCD displays are actually a plus for car usage. Go have a look. Excuse me while I go shopping for a new phone…

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