Best Buy to offer txtBlocker service to keep drivers safer

Best Buy to offer txtBlocker service to keep drivers safer
In an attempt to keep phones out of people’s hands when their behind the wheel, Best Buy will begin to offer the service txtBlocker in their retail stores starting in October.

The service will be available on Android and BlackBerry smartphones, with an iPhone compatible version on its way sometime in early 2011. The features of the txtBlocker service are sure to cut down on the number of text/call related accidents that happen all the time.

It can actually tell when the phone is traveling faster than 15 mph. When above that threshold, it renders the phone pretty much useless. The driver won’t be able to make outgoing calls, with the exception of numbers that can be setup on a predetermined list.  Browsing the web is also out of the question.

As a matter of fact, any incoming text messages and calls will get an automated response saying that the driver cannot be reached because he/she is driving at the moment and that they will respond when it is safe to. 

The service is currently available at their website. For those who plan on venturing to Best Buy sometime in the next few weeks, take a peek at it if you would like to keep yourself or a family member safer while driving. The txtBlocker service is definitely a step in the right direction.

source: Into Mobile



1. blind unregistered

The title is misleading. The service may be called txtBlocker but this is not a text blocking service... If anything, it's like an answering machine.

2. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

just scrap the idea of a cell phone. insurance companies are already taking aim at you with higher rates if you have a cell phone in your name.

3. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Oh, this is clever. So passengers wouldn't be able to use their phones either. Just like the fancy nav systems that won't let you change destination while the car is moving - again, the passenger can't make a change either. As for pulling off the road to make a call or something - hubby was trucking back and forth about 4 hours worth of driving between where we were moving to and where I was finishing school, driving to see me on Friday night, and back on Monday morning. One Monday he was quite tired and pulled over for a nap, rather than falling asleep at the wheel. Cop woke him up. So - are you going to get a visit from the local police if you pull over to make a phone call?

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

This isn't new, awhile back I saw a similar service for kids / teen drivers. So, passengers wouldn't be able to make calls or text while riding in a car? I wouldn't use this service myself.

5. creatrixx

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2010

You don't see the true genius in this. This accomplishes much of what the restrictive programs that my parents put on the computers when I was a kid. It inspired me to learn about computers and to make them do what I wanted them to. It taught me to learn about the inner workings of programs. So, for a short while, your kid hates the program and can't text while driving (or while as a passenger) and then they learn to hack. Really, it's a win-win.

6. NeedBetterSafeDrivingSolution unregistered

This probably won't work and probably won't be used unless your state passes a law requiring use of this or your insurance company starts offering discounts to people using this. Really, what needs to be done is that you're also required to pair your phone with the car so that you use your phone to start the car. Only the person whose phone is bluetooth-paired to the car's ignition would be blocked from cellphone use while driving. Well, you could be given the option to use the car's audio system as a hands-free speakerphone but only texting if the phone supports speech-to-text voice dictation and the car has a heads-up display for use in conjunction with that. An additional option would be to take into account the growing number of smartphones with built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers to make sure the phone is kept level and flat relative to the vehicle. Finally, if the phone's display is disabled by the technology such that the phone could only used through the car's electronics system while driving. That would be more reliable unless people decide they want two phones in order to circumvent the restriction. Not perfect but it's a step.

7. DoubleD unregistered

Dumb. I don't know why there is so much attention and laws passed on cell phone usage while driving. Cell phones don't cause accidents, the driver's lack of attention to the road is what causes wrecks. They still put radio's, GPS, dvd players in cars. Adjusting those is just as distracting as cell phones. What's next, I'll get a ticket for eating in the car? Talking to a passenger?

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