On foot, on the road, in the air: how do you work remotely?

On foot, on the road, in the air: how do you work remotely?

Summary: Jabra woos mobile workers -- on foot, on the road, and in the office -- with new headsets and mobile speakers. Would you use them?


Bluetooth headset maker Jabra is angling for more of the enterprise market as mobility continues to flourish in the workplace.

The company's latest announcement touts a $149 mono headset with active noise cancellation -- you know, the white noise-pumping, battery-sucking type favored on transportation -- called the Supreme UC, a $159 pocketable speaker called the Speak 410, and a $129 auto speaker called the Freeway.

On foot, in the office and in the car. Jabra is trying to be wherever you are working (even if you probably shouldn't be).

But exactly how and where do we work? I wonder if these devices -- which make tons of sense on paper, no doubt about it -- are actually time-savers in practice.

Personally, I find Bluetooth headsets to be a hassle for anything but conference calls (or ZDNet interviews, naturally), because I'm too impatient to pair them. And mobile conference speakers, they for me are too often supplanted by their fixed counterparts: if I and a few colleagues need to be on a conference call, we need a room -- and that room usually has a speaker of some kind already inside.

(In-car speakers, of course, are a different ballgame, thanks to legislation around handsfree calling. It's probably wise to prioritize your operation of a 4,000-lb. hunk of moving metal.)

Above all, I have a terrible habit of forgetting to charge these devices before I need them, because I use them occasionally, not daily.

So I ask you: do you use any of the above devices for work? Are they essential, a mere convenience or a hassle? I'd love to hear how you are actually working today.

Topics: CXO, Collaboration, Mobility, IT Employment

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Handsfree

    I just use the hands-free built into my car - about 10 minutes a month on average.
  • Some

    Two of my cars have built-in Bluetooth systems, so those are used only when absloutely necessary, the other two cars are 23 years old, and I have a Jabra Freeway Bluetooth device I use in them...again, occasionally. It works fairly well.

    As for the ear pieces...personally, I think people who use them look like complete idiots.