Bluetooth Sales May Spike With New Hands-Free Laws In California, Washington
A flurry of new state laws making it illegal for people to drive while holding a cell phone is expected to be a bonanza for Bluetooth, a wireless technology that lets devices communicate with each other.
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are among those states that have already enacted laws requiring drivers to use a headset when talking on the phone. Similar laws take effect in California and Washington on July 1 while other states are considering such legislation.
That's why Bluetooth gadget makers, including Plantronics and Jabra, and retailers like Radio Shack and Amazon.com are betting that headsets will someday become as ubiquitous as sunglasses.