★★★★ 3162 real customer reviews average rating: 3.7 stars
5 Stars By Dr. Henry M. Donselman on 2011-10-12
Why did I buy three Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphones
This is a review for Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone
I'm not one to take my time to write reviews, but after purchasing three of these speakerphones I thought maybe it would be helpful to tell you why this is the best speakerphone I have ever used.
We live in California and, by law, have to have our Cell Phones connected by Bluetooth if we use them in the car. I have probably used 4-5 different brands and configurations in the past 5 years - all with mixed results, until I came across the Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone. I really dislike using in-ear Bluetooth devices (for many reasons, but mainly because they interfere with hearing and make you look like a . . . . ). Speakerphones I have used in the past (including the less expensive Jabra products) seemed to never clearly pick-up my voice and transmit it to the caller. When I purchased my first Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone (after reading a glowing CNET Review) I started using it as soon as I charged it for a couple of hours. It is the easiest, most user friendly product I have bought in a long time.
Getting up and running requires:
1. Charge unit (USB)
2. Turn on Cell Phone and put in pairing mode
3. Turn on Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone - it will find the phone and announce "Connected"
4. That's it, your done.
Now to use it you only have to do one thing and remember 2 words:
1. Attach the Speakerphone to your visor and turn it on.
2. Remember 2 words when it announces by name an incoming call. a) Answer (connects you to an incoming call) or b) Cancel (phone goes straight to you voice answer message).
It really is that easy. There is a lot more that the Speakerphone will do, and there is a one year subscription to a second party company that keeps all your contacts + more so you can call one number and transfer to anyone in your contacts, send text, etc. But you really don't need to know or use any of that.
Oh, I forgot, the main reason I like the Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone is that my clients have no clue that I am even on a Bluetooth device when I talk to them in the car. No extraneous noise, no wind noise, just a clear voice. That, plus the ease of use is why I keep buying more of these and giving them to my wife, children, etc.
Did I mention that once you turn the Jabra Freeway on you don't have to touch/recharge it for a month or more (my experience, moderate use). It turns itself on when I get in the car, and turns itself off when I exit (motion detector).
Pros: All of the above. Plus, iTune music sounds pretty good through the 3 speakers and podcasts are great (you can also transmit the music/podcast to you FM radio) - the Speakerphone "knows" to to stop the music/podcast if a call comes in.
Cons: It takes a couple of minutes for the speakerphone to turn-off automatically when you you leave the car. For a short time, if you are fairly close to the car (in you home or office) the unit still picks-up calls. This has happened to me only once, and my iPhone asks if I want to not use the Bluetooth on the screen, so it really is a minor annoyance.
1 Stars By Ron O. on 2018-02-05
Highly disappointed in this speakerphone. I did some careful consideration and research reading 2DayDeliver reviews of this type of in car bluetooth speakerphone product and landed on this one due to the good reviews. I should have listened to the bad reviews on this product because they were spot on. Very first time using the product, my wife complained of a static "buzz" on her end of the call. I decided to give it some time to see if it improved but it actually got worse. The call quality diminished on my end as well after about 3 weeks of use. When fluctuations of regular vocal conversations resulted in loud static cracks and crackles, almost sounding like the speakers were bursting. The volume was NOT on the highest setting either. All other aspects of the product seemed to work well, a little too well. The automatic detection of my phone when entering the vehicle would auto connect via bluetooth. This is good if you park your vehicle well away from house and out of range. But if you park your vehicle in a garage or driveway close to your normal living quarters or bedroom, the unit is constantly auto connecting and disconnecting which becomes VERY annoying. I finally had to turn the bluetooth on/off everytime I got in and out of my truck. I lucked up and found a Supertooth HD on ebay for a very good price. Good luck with this Jabra, I was very unimpressed, which is disappointing because I like many of Jabra's other products, namely their portable "office" speakerphone for Skype.
3 Stars By David Thompson on 2017-10-14
So far, not impressed. I took delivery yesterday ...
So far, not impressed. I took delivery yesterday and paired it with my iPhone SE, which seemed to work ok. I manually placed a call and I had audio from the unit. I plugged it in to charge overnight. This morning I put it into the car and drove down the road listening to a constant "disconnected, connected, disconnected, connected ..." etc. Sometimes the disconnect & reconnect happened so quickly that the prior word wasn't out of it's "mouth" yet before switching states.
When I got to the highway, it was less of a problem but on local roads, it's unusable. Unless I get some answers in the next couple of days, it's going back. I don't have bluetooth connection issues with anything else.
2 Stars By Mark Belmain on 2016-04-26
the voice recognition was absolutely the worst I have ever dealt with
Although the speaker quality was second to none and the microphone quality appeared to be the same, the voice recognition was absolutely the worst I have ever dealt with. It simply could not get a name correct and half the time it would just ignore the request entirely. If you want just the speaker and microphone portion of this device then it is second to none. But if the voice recognition is important and it should be, the Motorola Roadster Pro is the way to go. I would rate it a very minor step down from the Jabra for the speaker and microphone quality. However, it has great voice recognition which is the number one reason to have the device in the first place. Size is similar one square and the other longer and narrow but I do like the button placement better on the Roadster as well. I was going to give this a 3 star rating but the voice recognition was so poor I just could not. Quality appears to be there and it is very easy to use. Maybe my version had an issue who knows?
3 Stars By 2DayDeliverPrimeUser1313 on 2018-01-20
Nice Quality. Not Loud Enough For Highway.
Pretty good. I haven't tried other types so I'm not sure how this one compares. But I bought it based on the reviews and it seems highly rated. It is easy to pair and use and is of a decent build quality.
My complaint is that it doesn't have enough volume or a good enough mic for using on the highway. It's fine for back roads and anything under about 50 MPH.. I am using this in a van so the street noise is a little louder than a car or SUV.. but it's not that loud of a van. So YMMV.
Callers say that the driver sounds like they're at the end of a tunnel.
5 Stars By NONA on 2015-02-27
The Best in It's Category
I have had a lot of hands free car Bluetooth devices, for I own a fleet of cars for my business. This device is far better than "Sync" that car manufacturers put in their cars. Simple to set up to your phone and just as easy to set it up to the FM station as to listen to music through your car speakers or in coming calls from your phone. The device's speakers alone serve just as well with callers and listening to music, having the FM* connect is a plus. Now that most smart phones have voice activated programs that read emails, texts, and read articles from selected content this device is an added extention that not just enhances your communications while driving but delivers on everything it is designed to do with out fail. This is one of the best units in the category of hands free needs. The buttons are big and easy to use with out taking your eyes off the road. The sound system, as I stated, is great. The connectivity is easy with all steps and processes from phone to the radio. The device has motion detection so when you leave the car it goes to sleep saving battery life, then when you get back into the car it wakes and you hear, "Connected". It is the simplest hands free device I have used. It can easily be used as an office speaker phone. The supplied USB cord can connect to your computer or a 5 watt wall outlet adapter. The instructions are not needed but are easy to follow and then there is a website if you need more assistance. I would purchase this item with out hesitation. * After a month of service the FM transmission seems to want to link to a live station. This is disconcerning and renders the FM function useless. This has recently started to occur with the only unit that I bought through 2DayDeliver. The other I bought direct from the manufactuer, due to quanity discount, do not have this problem.
1 Stars By Yoshi85 on 2017-01-11
Headache over the past two weeks
I bought this for my wife thinking it would be a great gift since she is not able to pair her phone with her car. Below are the pros and cons of the system with over two weeks of use.
Easy to set up
Can have two Bluetooth devices connected
Connects visor nicely
Buttons are easy to push
Microphone is either defective or just extremely cheap. I am only able to understand my wife about 20% of the time.
Connecting two Bluetooth devices. The system is constantly getting confused when two devices are connected. It then reboots, over and over again until we just turn it off and use the wired apple headsets.
The FM transmitter is crap, I have configured the frequency to one that is not used by anyone unless they are putting out a lot of power to transmit static. I have to keep my hand on the Jabra to hear a little bit of music or voice coming through the speakers.
For the price I feel like it should be of much better quality. Seems like the electronics of the jabra are all emitting electrical interference causing the system to not work at all. We are not using the jabra now due to it is too much of a distraction when driving since we are constantly having issues while trying to make a simple phone call.
2 Stars By Diana on 2017-12-27
Wishing it been better...
This is the husband. I bought this to use in my pickup, which is otherwise a fairly decent environment for sound. This unit transmits a terrible quality of sound to the FM radio. I've tried several stations. Admittedly, we live in a metro area and there are frequent conflicts with local stations. The radio has to be turned up quite loud to hear the Jabra and even then it's not too encouraging. The microphone quality to the call recipient is no better than an uber-cheap motorola unit that I've been using. I see no reason to replace the cheapie unit with this in my daily use.
The sound quality of this unit on its own (apart from FM radio transmission) is also not up to the expectation created by their ad copy. (virtual surround sound? I must not be able to hear very well). It's going to be returned and I'll try something else.
I do have to say that it does connect consistently every time I return to the vehicle. And the control buttons work flawlessly. The overall physical quality is great and leads to great expectations out of the box. I truly wish it had been able to deliver.
3 Stars By David on 2018-01-22
Ok, not what I expected from Jabra.
I only gave it three stars because, the Battery life lasts about 1 week, and when its extremely cold and I use it the speaker crackles, I have noticed this only happens when is really cold, (below freezing) and seems to go away when its warmer.
All in all I am disappointed with the quality that this is offering for Jabra, the last Jabra I had was brilliant but this is a letdown.
5 Stars By H. Wyatt on 2018-01-14
Despite the mixed reviews, we've found big sound
We took a chance on this model because it seemed to have the best speaker specs and we're not disappointed. For our small sedan (Volvo S40), the speakers are loud and clear – plus the unit automatically turns on and off when our iPhone 7 comes and goes. Bottom line: couldn't be happier. As for longevity, we'll have to see how it performs and endures the Central Texas heat this summer.