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IOGEAR GBHFK331 Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit

  • Talk Time Up to 8 hour(s)
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion 500 mAh Battery
  • 30 Feet Operating Range
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
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Safer driving is in your future with the new IOGEAR Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit, never get blind sided by unwanted calls again!

After pairing your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, the unit will automatically download all your contacts from your phones contact list. When a phone call is received the Solar Bluetooth Call Announce Hands Free Car Kit will clearly announce the person's name. The unit also features clear vocal feedback to inform you of the status by voice. Inbound calls are clearly announced, your own voice commands outbound calls. The Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit is compliant with Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR specification and supports headset and hands-free profiles. The product also supports multiple languages for voice announce, (English, French, Italian, German & Spanish). Enjoy true hands-free freedom with this smart road-companion

The new IOGEAR Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit, the smartest product under the sun!

  • newegg Call Announce When a phone call is received the IOGEAR GBHFK331 will clearly announce the person's name. Know exactly who's calling before you even speak with them. Also known as text-to-speech, Call Announce, enables you to accept only the calls you need and send unwanted calls straight to your voicemail without callers ever knowing they were screened.
  • newegg Clear Vocal Feedback The IOGEAR GBHFK331 features clear vocal feedback that will let you know, "power on", "phone is ready for use", "pairing successful" among other informative messages. Inbound calls are clearly announced, your own voice commands outbound calls.
  • newegg Superb Sound Noise reduction technology blocks out unwanted background noise for optimal voice clarity. Plus the digital echo cancellation function eliminates annoying echo caused during the electromagnetic wave transfer process for efficient calling.
  • newegg Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Thanks to Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, all the task is accomplished without wires and with just one tap of the large master function button. This allows you to stay focused on the primary task of driving.
  • newegg Integrated Solar Panel After the initial AC charge, the kit's integrated solar panel harnesses free solar energy in order to stay powered. A small LED will illustrate when the unit is receiving enough sunlight for charging; truly an eco-friendly device.
  • newegg 8 Hours of Talk/Listen Time The IOGEAR GBHFK331 provides a long continuous talk time or music listening time of up to 8 hours on a full charge to liberate you from the hassle of frequent battery recharges.

Learn more about the IOGEAR GBHFK331

Model

Brand
IOGEAR
Model
GBHFK331

Spec

Type
Bluetooth Car kit
Noise Reduction
Yes
Talk Time
Up to 8 hour(s)
Operating Range
30 Feet
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium Ion 500 mAh Battery
Specifications
Amps: Charging 300 ~ 400mAh

Voltage: Working 3.7 V; Charging: DC 5V
Compatibility
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Dimensions
3.62" x 2.1" x 0.55"

Features

Features
Enjoy hands-free talking with the solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone

Caller announce for inbound calls

Voice announce language support in; English, French, Spanish, German & Italian

Unit stores up to 1,000 (Handset dependent) contacts in your cell's phonebook

Windshield and visor mounting bracket included (Before mounting the car kit on your windshield, please check the state and local laws and ordinances where you live.)

Superior echo cancellation and noise reduction technology

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR provides easy pairing and robust signals

Dedicated volume and mute buttons provide an intuitive user experience

Micro-USB cable and vehicle charging adapter included

Quick Info


Customer Reviews of the IOGEAR GBHFK331

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  • Stephen E.
  • 1/6/2012 8:58:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOnly average.

Pros: Have had it for several months now. It is really easy to connect to it. Solar powered and solar charged. Allows for two phones to be connected to it.

Cons: When the vehicle is parked in our garage, no solar power is available for charging. Only charges when on the road or out for an errand. Quality of voice transmission is adequate - I hear it when my wife calls me from her vehicle. It sounds like poor radio quality.

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  • Andrew O.
  • 10/3/2011 11:44:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Enough for a Cheap Car Kit

Pros: +Doesn't Require additional recharge.
+Clear enough voice quality.
+Easy and secure mount, as well as bluetooth connection.
+Automatically turns itself off if left on unused after awhile (good b/c it conserves battery).
+Includes two mounts (one for windshield for direct charging, and one for the visor for clearer convos).

Cons: -Volume could be louder on noisy highways (for example when driving though roads that are being resurfaced).
-Still waiting on MIR (which is about correct for the period)
-There is no easy method to use only the visor mount and allow the kit to charge consistently. You could flip the visor out and keep the PV side facing out, but this would require removing and re-inserting the device every time you want to use it as a mic and access the buttons. It is a minor design flaw, but could have been overcome by using side buttons.

Other Thoughts: This car kit is a good deal if your car doesn't have on-board bluetooth integration, and the best feature for me is the fact that it doesn't require any additional wires for charging (although one is included should there be a very long dreary period and a lot of talk time.

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  • Michael L.
  • 9/7/2011 7:46:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap!!!

Pros: Great idea and worked okay for a while.

Cons: It had a very quiet speaker. Also the mic was pretty bad. I had to pull it off the windshield and hold it for the people i was speaking with to hear me (I think that kinda defeats the purpose of having hands free device). and on top of all of this after 3 MONTHS the product is now dead and i had to throw it away.

Other Thoughts: I think I am just going to buy a new car stereo with built in Bluetooth for my phone.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. One thing you can try is to restore the GBHFK331 to the default settings. With the Car kit on and in standby mode, press an hold both the + and - buttons for 10 seconds until the blue and red LED flash 5 times. The Car kit will enter pairing mode automatically after the reset. If you pair the devise to another cell phone do you still have the same problem? The problem you are describing could be related to you cell phone. If you still have the same problem please email us with a phone number to contact you at support@iogear.com. We will be more than happy to contact you with quality service and process an RMA. Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Matthew S.
  • 8/19/2011 7:58:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead after one charge

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Item died after one charge

Other Thoughts: Got this item on sale from Newegg to go with new smartphone. Plugged it in w/ supplied mini-USB to charge it up per the instructions and little light lit up. Checked back later to sync w/ new phone and little light was DEAD. Could not activate thru using any buttons- phone/mode/volume. Very disappointed.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The GBHFK331 carries a 1 year warranty. Please email us with a phone number to contact you at support@iogear.com. We will be more than happy to contact you with quality service and process an RMA. Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Michael P.
  • 8/8/2011 6:12:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCan't Hear

Pros: Solar charging. I never had to plug it in. It stayed on my windshield and stayed charged.

Cons: It worked fine until one day I could not hear it and the volume won't turn up. Tried resetting it. It connects to the phone, turns on, voice dial works but I just can't get the volume to turn up. Worked fine for about 3 weeks.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. Please contact our customer service at email: support@iogear.com and let us know in more detail on when and how you’re having this experience. We strive to ensure our customers are serviced with a properly working unit to exceed your satisfaction. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Adam S.
  • 8/8/2011 5:43:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrating, Bad Microphone.

Pros: Cheap. Solar charging is nice.

Cons: I bought this for my wife so i could talk to her while driving, I only get every 3rd word and can't understand her.

Product can't function as intended, it tries, but fails miserably.

Other Thoughts: Stay away.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. One thing you can try is to restore the GBHFK331 to the default settings. With the Car kit on and in standby mode, press an hold both the + and - buttons for 10 seconds until the blue and red LED flash 5 times. The Car kit will enter pairing mode automatically after the reset. If you still have the same problem please contact our customer service at email: support@iogear.com and let us know in more detail on when and how you’re having this experience. We strive to ensure our customers are serviced with a properly working unit to exceed your satisfaction. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Mr A.
  • 8/6/2011 3:32:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt Works, Sorta

Pros: Almost hands free, solar self charging, inexpensive.
It satisfies State Traffic Law requirements.

Cons: Requires touch to turn on, touch to answer, and turns itself off if not used every hour. It also has trouble distinguishing verbal input.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two of these and am satisfied with both of them. They seem to suffer if allowed to get too hot, and they shut themselves off frequently if not used hourly.

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  • Faoud I.
  • 7/22/2011 11:56:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdisappointing

Pros: Sounds good on paper - solar powered, voice recognition.

Cons: voice recogition is awful. On average I have to say the name to be dialed about 7 times before it gets the right number in my phone book. Also if you say a phone number that has two of the same digits next to each other does not recognize the second, even with a 1-2 second pause between them.

Has a poweroff feature that automatically turns device off when you leave the car. No auto power on, so you have to remember to turn it on every time you get back in the car.

Will also randomly turn off when I'm driving.

Manufacturer Response:

First, thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for your experience. The product should not behave as you described. One thing you can try is to restore the GBHFK331 to the default settings. With the Car kit on and in standby mode, press an hold both the + and - buttons for 10 seconds until the blue and red LED flash 5 times. The Car kit will enter pairing mode automatically after the reset. If you still have the same problem please contact our customer service at email: support@iogear.com and let us know in more detail on when and how you’re having this experience. We strive to ensure our customers are serviced with a properly working unit to exceed your satisfaction. Again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 7/7/2011 7:08:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Capable of Multi Phone Connections

Pros: It does what it claims to do and does it fairly well.

Cons: Occasionally doesn't connect if I don't turn on the bluetooth on my phone enough in advance. Wouldn't mind a little more volume as I have a lower end car with a fair bit of road noise.

Other Thoughts: The most disappointing part was that unlike the non-caller announce version of this product, you can't pair it with more than one phone at a time. Since my wife and I share our car, I would like to not have to reset the connection depending on who is driving that day. In fact I haven't bothered, my wife just doesn't get to use it. I would have bought the non-caller announce version if I had realized this.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for choosing IOGEAR and we apologize for the inconvenience. I am sorry the GBHFK331 does not have the capability to activate multi-point connection. This feature is offered on the GBHFK231 and will allow two cell phones to be paired to this devise. We offer a wide range of products to suite our customer needs. To better service you and understand your set up, please feel to contact our customer support at 1-866-946-4327 or email us: support@iogear.com. Once again, thank you for choosing IOGEAR.

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  • Baer B.
  • 6/30/2011 10:18:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Device

Pros: Easy to pair with phone, downloads contacts easily, two holsters for multiple locations in car. It also comes with a second pair of suction cups in case the first ever wear out.

Cons: Suction cups released on the first night causing the device to fall to the floor, but I wet them again that morning and they've held for several days since.

Other Thoughts: As with any device make sure to charge for the recommended time (8 hours for this device) before first use or you could run into trouble with setup and/or maintaining a charge.

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