Converting a phone into a SPEAKER phone.
December 1, 2011 1:50 PM   Subscribe

Help me use my phone as a small office conference call solution (smartphone/android).

There are three of us in a smallish room and we have conference calls from time to time, and we all have smartphones. Mine has android and unlimited minutes, but putting it (the phone itself) on "speakerphone" mode is rather crappy and ineffective for many participants, its just not loud enough and the mic doesn't pick up all three of us around the phone. So, can anyone recommend something inexpensive-ish (doesn't have to be super fancy) that will let me use my cellphone? It needs to be able to be charged through a wall outlet OR connect directly to AC. it can use bluetooth or just plug in through the headset adapter port. Thanks!
posted by yonation to Technology (8 answers total)
 
Have you tried using a Bluetooth speakerphone meant for car use? The advantage to using that over just a regular Bluetooth speaker (like a Logitech unit) would be the built-in noise cancelling microphone. The one I linked has a 2 watt speaker (not much, but will sound richer than the tinny speaker on your phone) and can transmit via FM to a radio.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:56 PM on December 1, 2011


The problem with alot of car chargers is that they only come with a car charger adapter; I'd rather not buy another car charger > AC adapter if possible... Is there anything like a Bluetooth speakerphone that is actually marketed toward home use?
posted by yonation at 2:11 PM on December 1, 2011


Can you not just plug a set of computer speakers into the headphone jack? I guess that doesn't help you be heard, but in my experience on conference calls with my iPhone they can hear me fine, I just can't hear them.
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:16 PM on December 1, 2011


> The problem with alot of car chargers is that they only come with a car charger adapter

Newer ones should charge via standard mini or micro-USB.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:21 PM on December 1, 2011


do you have a google voice number?

GV conference call
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 3:19 PM on December 1, 2011


Something like the Jawbone Jambox uses bluetooth, charges via USB.
posted by dirm at 3:36 PM on December 1, 2011


I have the Blueant S4 car speakerphone. It's pretty good and charges via microUSB.
posted by iamscott at 7:18 PM on December 1, 2011


Thanks everybody!
posted by yonation at 10:54 AM on December 2, 2011


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