Sales of hands-free devices have grown in anticipation of Thursday's new cell phone law, according to several vendors.
“There has been a significant increase in the last four weeks,” said Shelly Jones, general manager of the Costco on South 37th Street. “When we heard about the new law, we went and gathered all our Bluetooth-related items and put them in a block (display) up front.”
The warehouse just ordered a new shipment of the Motorola Pure H15 Bluetooth device after it sold out, Jones added.
The best-selling hands-free device at the Verizon store at 4009 Tacoma Mall Blvd. is the noise-canceling Jawbone headset, which retail associate Lolly Gatlin described as “the Cadillac of the Bluetooth.” The hands-free offerings at the store generally range from $29.99 to $130, from speakers that clip onto the sun visor to devices with FM transmitters that allow drivers to take calls on their car speakers.
For avid texters, Verizon customer service representative Jennifer Quitiquit recommended the H17txt Bluetooth headset, which reads text messages to users.
Quitiquit noted that people have been snapping up “visor” speakerphones, which avoid the potential physical discomfort — and slight stigma — associated with the quintessential earpiece model. “Customers come up to me and say, ‘I don’t want to be that guy talking to himself at the grocery store.’”