Parrot MINIKIT+ Review and Giveaway for Hands-Free Cell Phone Use in the Car

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Whether driving to an exercise class, the mall, or to a restaurant for moms' night out, if I was going alone — I wanted to borrow my husband's car. It wasn't because driving his sports car is so exciting. Sure, it's much faster and more hip than my minivan, but really, I wanted to use his built-in Bluetooth technology so I could make hands-free cell phone calls while I drove. Well, those days are over, my friends. Now I am perfectly happy driving my van with its scratched side panel and its rear passenger windows smudged up with kids' fingerprints. The reason why? My Parrot MINIKIT+, a portable and vocal hands-free device that makes it easy and safer to make phone calls while driving. You could win a Parrot MINIKIT+ of your own. Read on to find out how!

Parrot Minikit+ hands-free mobile phone device

If you are like me, you are too busy chopping veggies for dinner (or, well, microwaving packaged things at least), juggling deadlines, and shuttling children to swim lessons, for indulging in such luxuries as grown-up phone conversations with friends. You might also live in one of the 10 U.S. states where talking on a handheld mobile phone while driving is against the law. You would also probably like the convenience of calling your spouse on your way home from picking up the kids from school to see if he remembered to buy milk, without worrying about the dangers of dialing a handheld phone. Am I right?

How the Parrot MINIKIT+ works:

– Attach it to your sun visor.

– To answer an incoming call, just say the words “accept” or “reject” without having to touch your phone or the Parrot MINIKIT+.

– To make a call, press the green button on the Parrot MINIKIT+ and say the name of the person in your mobile phone's contact list and the Parrot MINIKIT+ will dial the number automatically.

– Before using your Parrot MINIKIT+ the first time, you need to pair it to your phone. To do this, follow the simple instructions provided with your kit. (Full disclosure: my husband did this part for me but I read through the directions and it appears simple enough that even a non-techie like me could manage this.)

Additional Parrot MINIKIT+ features:

– It is compatible with all Bluetooth mobile phones and Smartphones.

– It can manage, simultaneously, two Bluetooth mobile phones (which is convenient if your honey borrows your car or is riding with you).

– Apparently you can vocally send and receive emails and text (SMS) messages via the Parrot MINIKIT+ while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. I have no desire to do this so I haven't checked out this feature but it sounds much safer than using your hands to text and email while driving.

– For those of you who are madly in love with your iTunes library, you can also listen to your Smartphone's playlist on the Parrot MINIKIT+.

Parrot Minikit+ hands-free mobile phone device

What I think about Parrot MINIKIT+:

I love being able to keep up with friends and faraway family members while I am on the go using my Parrot MINIKIT+! When I bought my car (okay, van) a couple of years ago, I was bummed out it did not come with the hands-free Bluetooth option but purchasing a vehicle with that built-in technology would have added about a thousand dollars to the sticker price. At $89.99, the Parrot MINIKIT+ is a very affordable way to access this technological convenience.

I think the Parrot MINIKIT+ works just as well as the built-in hands-free mobile technology in my husband's car. The speaker and receiver are located in the device; they are independent of your car's stereo (as opposed to built-in systems). I actually prefer this because my kids can listen to music in the backseat while I chat in the front seat. Usually I use my Parrot MINKIT+ only when I am driving alone, but it is handy to be able to call to let the doctor's office know if we are running late or to ask my husband to put a frozen pizza in the oven.

Would I recommend it to people looking for a hands-free mobile phone option to use while driving? YES!



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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. cynthia naspinski says:

    My husband drives a lot and could really use one of these

  2. I’d like to win it because it would be a lot safer to make hands free calls!

  3. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    I would like to win because it would make my driving safer

  4. My speaker phone is horrible and NY is a hands-free cell phone state, so this would come in handy for me.

  5. I’d love to win one so I don’t have to fumble with my tangled headset every time I get a call.

  6. I want to win because it would be much safer to talk via this and drive than talking on my cell phone directly

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  7. Would love to win this! With 2 little ones in the car, I never want to have to look down or mess with my phone in the car.

  8. I would love this! I don’t use my phone while driving, unless I am already on a call when I get in, and have it set on speakerphone. I miss a lot of calls and messages because I make it a rule not to have my phone in my hand while driving. This would eliminate the stress of missing a possibly URGENT phone call because I am always on the go!

  9. I would love a bluetooth that actually works mine sucks 🙂

  10. This sounds like the perfect solution for me to continue working while in the car driving the kids from one place to another!

  11. Adrienne gordon says:

    it would be great in the car.

  12. I would love this!

  13. I would surelly like it to make the driving safe as very soon I’ m gonna get my driver’s license 🙂

  14. Ann Fantom says:

    I’d like to win because New York has a “Hands Free” law and I haven’t gotten a Bluetooth headset yet

  15. I would love to win this! What a great product! I could really use this when driving my four kids around.

  16. My husband is always on the go and could really use this.

  17. Kristen M. says:

    My husband is always making business calls while on the road. I can see him using the Parrot Minikit.

  18. I would love to win this to make it a great gift for someone! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  19. Cynthia C says:

    I’d like this because it’s safest to drive with hands on the wheel.

  20. Why wouldn’t I want this?! It sounds AMAZING and I totally feel ya on the new car deal. When we bought our Fusion last year we were bummed to not get all the technology but the price to pay was insane! I’d love it.

  21. I would like to win this for my boyfriend. It is illegal to talk on a cell phone in Oregon and he gets lots of calls for his work.

  22. This is why I need this: I still balance my phone on my shoulder (or put it in my cleavage) while driving so I can talk on speaker. I have not yet found a hands-free solution that works for me. Maybe this one?

  23. It would make for safer driving.

  24. danielle b says:

    california has a hands free law and sometimes ya just need to answer the phone.

  25. Jaque R. says:

    I refuse to use my cell phone while driving, now I would not have to pull off the road when it rings. 🙂 Thank you.

  26. Mary Calabrese says:

    My husband needs this as he drives and calls all the time!

  27. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    It would great in the car

  28. Christie Kammerer says:

    I would like it for my teenage daughter to help her be a safer driver.

  29. Christine says:

    because it would make my driving safer

  30. I would love to win it because I NEED it! LOL great giveaway!

  31. Laurie Emerson says:

    I do not have a set now and since I do not use my cell phone in the car it would be wonderful to have.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  32. brian e. says:

    would like a Parrot MINIKIT+ for my wife who has some bad cell phone habits i.e. driving & talking !

  33. I’d love this as we can’t use our phones while driving in my city, hands free is ok.

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