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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
BlueAnt Commute Handsfree Car Kit CMT-USEN
Closer Look: BlueAnt Commute
Handsfree Car Kit Test Results
BlueAnt Commute Conclusion

BlueAnt Commute Handsfree Car Kit Review

Manufacturer: BlueAnt Wireless
Product Name: Commute Voice Activated Handsfree Car Kit
Model Number: CMT-USEN
UPC: 878049001643
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Amazon / PriceGrabber)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Alpaytac.

BlueAnt Wireless is well known for their Bluetooth-connected headsets, such as the high-quality BlueAnt Q2 and the durable BlueAnt T1 series. Bluetooth headsets are great solutions for cellular telephone calls, but can become uncomfortable to wear and lack voice-activated control over calls and text messaging. The BlueAnt Commute CMT-USEN voice-activated handsfree car kit delivers complete voice command interaction with your SmartPhone, and includes all the great technology that delivers clear communication in their premium headsets. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the BlueAnt Commute under several conditions, comparing the features and benefits over other handsfree options.

Effective January 1, 2013, California's "Freedom to Communicate" bill will allow California drivers to use hands-free technology to talk and text while operating a motor vehicle. Nearly all other States have followed suit with similar laws of their own, which restrict drivers from using hand-held devices tp communicate. Under measure AB 1536, approved devices consist of those "specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send or listen to a text-based communication." BlueAnt Wireless' Commute car kit is the only aftermarket device that enables complete hands-free calling and texting, available for $99.99 (Amazon / PriceGrabber).

In order to comply with California law, drivers must use devices that feature voice triggers. California Highway Patrol considers the act of turning on a phone or pushing any kind of button to get a voice interaction enough to warrant a citation. The voice command feature on BlueAnt Commute enables driver to call and text completely hands-free, without touching a single button. California issues motorists a $20 fine for the first offense and $50 for subsequent convictions when a cell phone is used for calls or text messaging while driving. The Los Angeles Times reports that, "with court costs and penalties, the true costs of those tickets are $76 and $190, respectively."


BlueAnt Commute Features

  • True handsfree voice controlled car speakerphone.
  • Make and answer calls using just your voice.
  • Text to Speech technology reads out the name of the incoming caller.
  • Stores up to 2,000 phonebook entries per paired device.
  • Embedded audio help talks you through setup and operation.
  • Multipoint: connect to 2 phones and answer the one that rings.
  • A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts and directions from a GPS application on your phone.
  • Full duplex, high volume speaker for rich booming audio.
  • Outstanding wind, road, and background noise reduction for clear calls no matter how noisy it is.
  • Sleek design with touch sensitive volume controls.
  • Zero installation costs (fixes to the car sun visor).
  • Hardware on/off switch.
  • Up to 20 hours talk time; 700 hours standby.
  • 1-year replacement warranty (excludes clip and charger).



    # Just ordered!Alan 2012-11-20 13:10
    I knew this was coming. Just ordered from
    Supposed to ship today.

    Looking forward to receiving.

    Thanks for an excellent review!

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    # This handsfree rocksSimon 2012-11-27 02:12
    Received mine a few weeks ago. The voice dial functions work fantasic with my iPhone 5.. Read, and create text messages, dial numbers... all without having to touch the car kit.
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    # Just checkingRobbin 2013-02-06 12:15

    Have you had any issues with this product with your iPhone 5? I just got the iPhone 5 and it wont' work with my current bluetooth speaker.
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    # RE: Just checkingOlin Coles 2013-02-06 12:21
    It could be your Bluetooth speaker causing issues. Connect only the BlueAnt Commute to your Apple iPhone 5 and pair. That should solve the problem.
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    # RE: RE: Just checkingRobbin 2013-02-06 12:27
    Thank you. I currently have a Jabra Journey and the simplest of things that worked with my iPhone 4 like volume, don't work at all since I got the iPhone 5. It connects but because I can't turn down the volume on the unit itself or my phone, it is so loud, people are "screaming" so I just turn it off and use the speaker on the phone. Will try again but I really like the features of the Commute. I just wanted to make sure it works well with the iPhone 5 before making the purchase.
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    # Jabra Journey Firmware UpdateJason 2013-03-14 18:52
    I saw on some Amazon reveiws that the Journey worked better with an iPhone 5 if you went to Jabra's website and installed the firmware update for it.

    BTW how do other's say you sound on the Journey, especially when diriving on busier roads, etc. It is one of the units I am considering.
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    # Blueant Commute/Samsang galaxy note2Careyp 2013-02-13 00:03
    I have a problem with my new Blueant Commute as it is not activating my phone book when I call out a name to ring .
    It just simple redials the last number that I have made with my Samsung galaxy note 2 even though they set it up for me including the phone book.
    The tech guys that set it up for me said it could be an issue with the two devices and told me there should be an update coming out soon.
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    # Dial by nameNo More Wires Support Dept. 2013-03-11 10:09
    Dialing by name is a feature handled by your phone, not the Commute. Once you say "Launch Voice Control" or "Phone Commands," then Commute tells your phone to start it's default voice search application. When the is ready for your voice, then you can ask it to dial so-and-so.

    For a list of things you can ask your Commute to do, Say "BlueAnt, speak to me" or touch the middle icon. When the Commute asks you to "Say a command," say "What can I say." This should give you a clear understanding of what the Commute can and cannot do.
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    # FeaturesNot Happy 2013-06-13 16:15
    I was under the false impression the top of the line Commute would stream music and calls to my car radio like my 3 year old Motorola T505. Instead the best you get is the tinny sounding onboard speaker.
    As pointed out by others it actually uses the phone for all voice dialling features, leaving you at the mercy of Siri and making it a waste of time transferring your phone book to the Commute.
    The voice commands work ok in the office, but on the road, and my car isn't noisy, I'm lucky to get a 50% success rate on voice activation by using the "Blue Ant Speak To Me" command.
    Charging doesn't work off my powered USB hub that I plug every other device into. It has to go straight into the laptop.
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    # RE: FeaturesOlin Coles 2013-06-13 16:35
    It sounds like you should have read this review first, because almost all of those things were mentioned in it. Also, USB ports/hubs are all rated for different power output. Some are 500 mAH, while others are 2500 mAH. That makes a big difference.
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    # MrJoseph Hnatiuk 2013-07-22 07:48
    I sent CMT-USEN Commute Voice Activated Handsfree Car Kit on June 06 2013 to the California office for repair/replacement and have heard nothing. What gives?????????????? Purchased February 04 2013.
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