The best speakerphones for on-the-go conference calls enable hands-free calls both in the car and in the office. In-car speakerphones should include voice-activated call commands and should support streaming audio content from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Office speakerphones should include call-conferencing capabilities, providing flexibility in offices where meeting-room space is a challenge. Here is a partial list of some of the best speakerphones for on-the-go conference calls in 2015:
Connects to two devices at the same time so users can take calls on either one. Jabra Drive streams GPS directions, music, and podcasts. Jabra Drive clips onto a car’s visor and stays conveniently out of the way. Provides “Get spoken connection” feature and alerts the user to low-battery status. Provides safe, hands-free conferencing while on the road and is easy to set up and use.
Verbally tells a user how to connect with their phone, who is calling, and your battery status. Users can accept, reject, end, or redial calls using just a voice command. Jabra Freeway has an auto on/off feature that turns itself on and off automatically using a built-in motion sensor. Start the car and the Jabra Freeway is ready to use. Upon leaving the car, it turns off to save the battery. The Jabra Freeway also has a long battery life with 8 to 14 hours of talk time and 40 days of standby time. This advanced model in-car speakerphone delivers clear, noise-free calls and powerful music performance with 3-speaker virtual surround sound, a dual-mic noise canceller, and an FM transmitter.
Jabra SPEAK 410 and 510
Models designed for on-the-go conference calls in the car (SPEAK 510) or office (SPEAK 410 and 510) when there are no available conference rooms. Jabra SPEAK 510 is the personal and portable conference-call speakerphone solution. It includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a wireless range of up to 100m and a rechargeable battery. Jabra SPEAK 410 is a personal and portable conference-call speakerphone solution that includes omnidirectional microphones and a 3.5mm jack headset port and is Skype for Business certified.
Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker
Works with smartphones, tablets, and other devices that support a Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5mm audio output. Logitech X100 supports phone calls on devices that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.6). Logitech X100 supports a 30-ft. wireless range and 5-hour battery life.
Plantronics Voyager Legend UC
Smart sensor technology reacts when a user puts the headset on, letting them quickly take a call without a click. If a user is already wearing it, Voyager Legend announces who’s calling and waits for the user to say "Answer" or "Ignore." Simply tap the voice command button and ask to check battery level, connection status, and more. Interact with Siri, Google Now, or Cortana by pressing the call button. It eliminates disruptive background noise and has precision-tuned triple mics to cancel noise and wind, ensuring that both sides of the conversation come through loud and clear, even in disruptive noisy environments. With Plantronics Hub, get the added value of call control across multiple softphones and automatic presence updates when on a call—not only on PC calls, but also when on mobile calls (Microsoft Lync and Skype only).
Plantronics Calisto 600 Series
Provide professional-sounding audio with anywhere conferencing. The Calisto 600 Series offers two options:
The Plantronics Calisto 620 is a portable wireless UC speakerphone that instantly transforms a laptop or smartphone into a premium-quality conferencing device. The portable Calisto 620 wireless speakerphone was designed to simplify call management with an easy interface for answer/end, mute, and volume controls for calls on a laptop or smartphone, and it comes with a Bluetooth mini-USB adapter for always-ready PC connectivity. Integrated A2DP lets a user listen to streaming media from their mobile device, including your favorite songs, podcasts, and more. The Calisto 620 features 360° full duplex audio and bidirectional microphones that activate in the direction of the speaker's voice so callers don’t hear background noise. PC wideband audio and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduce drop-outs and echo with acoustic echo canceling. With its own high-quality travel case, the small, lightweight speakerphone is the right size for a laptop bag or carry-on, without cords.
The Plantronics Calisto 610 is a corded USB speakerphone for plug-and-play conferencing convenience.
Whether your clients need the ability to conduct conference calls while in a different part of the office or while mobile, these are some of the tools of the trade that can help them. Resellers should keep an eye on this evolving market so that they can always be on top of their game.
Do your employees use tools to conduct conference calls on the go? If so, what are some of your favorites?