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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

Closer Look: BlueAnt Commute

BlueAnt Commute is a handsfree voice controlled Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR car speakerphone kit that sells for $99.99 online (model CMT-USEN available at Amazon). The BlueAnt Commute hands-free device measures 4.85" long x 2.35" wide x 0.85" thick without the clip, and shares nearly the same profile as a Samsung Nexus S smartphone. Commute also weights exactly the same; with the metal clip attached the hands-free devices weighs 4.6 ounces/130 grams. BlueAnt Wireless includes a USB power adapter that fits into a 12V DC 'cigarette lighter' receptacle and a USB to micro-USB cable with this handsfree car kit.

Like the BlueAnt headsets, Commute features wind and echo cancellation technology to ensure clearly defined sound. The BlueAnt Commute car kit offers handsfree conferencing capabilities to answer, merge, swap or end phone calls. Additionally, the Commute can connect both the driver and passenger's phone at the same time. BlueAnt specifies the 2.4GHz frequency good for up to 10 meters/32.81 feet, although I have tested Commute at 35 feet from the phone with solid results.


BlueAnt Commute features touch-sensitive face with volume increase/decrease and action controls along the top of the device. Three LEDs glow when the battery is charging or low, Bluetooth is connected, or the Handsfree Trigger Indicator is active. A pin-hole microphone is located above the Command 'button', while the speaker resides in the lower portion of the device behind four grill openings.

Along the left side of BlueAnt Commute resides access to a micro-USB charging port, concealed behind a soft rubber flap. Whenever Commute's battery is low, it will announce aloud "battery is very low". A full charge takes approximately 3-4 hours using the supplied USB cable connected to either a powered computer, or the included 12V DC 'cigarette lighter' adapter. While charging a red LED will shine below the Decrease Volume symbol on the device, and will disappear when Commute is fully charged. Apple iPhone users will appreciate that BlueAnt Commute features an iPhone battery meter on the device. The power switch has three settings: powered off, short-duration trigger battery saving mode, and always-on handsfree trigger mode.


Once Commute is powered on and paired to your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, say the hands-free trigger phrase "BlueAnt Speak to Me" and the device will confirm it is ready for voice commands. To make a call, say "Launch Voice Control" and Commute will activate your phone's voice dialing feature. The voice control functionality on your phone is dependent on the version of Operating System or applications installed. Whenever an incoming call rings the phone, you maintain focus on the road because BlueAnt Commute will read out the caller's name or telephone number then ask you if you want to accept the call with either "Answer" or "Ignore".


The BlueAnt Commute works together with Siri on Apple iPhone devices, or a free BlueAnt Commute application for Google Android phones. Depending on the phone, Seri or the Commute app will read an incoming text message aloud from the handsfree device. On the iPhone 4S, say "Launch Voice Control" followed by "Read My Messages" to have new text messages read back to you. On Android phones, the Commute app will automatically read text messages back through the Commute handsfree device or display support documentation (such as the command list) on your phone.

Depending on the phone, Commute supports A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) streaming audio functionality that enables users to listen to music or podcasts and hear turn-by-turn directions from the GPS application on their phone. Since drivers don't have anything to touch or adjust, the BlueAnt Commute allows them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel while remaining in contact with others.

In the next section I share my test results after using the BlueAnt Commute voice-activated handsfree car kit to make and receive telephone calls or read back text messages.



# 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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