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We’ve come a long way in technological capabilities, with features like Bluetooth connectivity, wifi, and GPS all standard in newer cars. Unfortunately my 2005 Mazda 3 has none of that, and I'm relegated to using just the radio and whatever CDs I’ve managed to scrape together for entertainment on the road.
If, like me, your own car leaves much to be desired when it comes to tech, one affordable device is looking to change all that. The VicTsing FM Transmitter is available on Amazon, and transforms any car into a modern vehicle.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $19 (originally $30)
What is it?
Available for just $19 right now (down from its regular $30), this handy device connects through a car’s DC adapter and provides hands-free connectivity while you’re on the go. Using Bluetooth, it pairs with your phone and transmits its signal through a designated open radio channel — meaning you can stay connected regardless of car make or model.
You can use voice commands to make phone calls, connect to Siri or your Google assistant, and get directions with the touch of a button. You can also listen to music from any phone through the Bluetooth connection or Plug & Play technology thanks to the two USB ports included in the adapter.
What shoppers are saying
Backed by a 4.4-star rating on more than 5,500 customer reviews, the VicTsing FM Transmitter is one must-have if you’re looking to to upgrade your driving experience in 2021. Amazon shoppers have raved about its top-quality connection, as well as its easy installation process.
“This worked soooo well! I have a 2004 Tahoe and it is a game changer,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “Clear phone calls — both hearing them and them hearing me. Love that you can plug your phone into it as well to charge.”
“I have an older car, and as such aux is not an affordable option. This little FM transmitter proves that I do not need to spend a ton of money to listen to my music on the road!” added another.
Since you do need to tune the transmitter to an FM station that isn't in use, it may be more challenging to find an available frequency within larger cities. In places where you'll find more free channels, it's less of an issue to consider.
"You have to tune the car radio and the transmitter to the same FM frequency. The one I chose was good at the beginning of a 2 hour trip, but I was getting static by the end," noted one review. "Turns out I had driven into a region where there was a station at the frequency I chose. Transmitter mostly suppressed this but not totally."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.