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A law banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices is going into effect in New Hampshire on July 1, and transportation officials are unveiling an education campaign about the change.

The campaign being discussed Wednesday includes a new public service announcement, website and materials available for residents to familiarize themselves with the new law.

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From Tesla cars to Louis Vuitton luggage to Philippe Patek watches, luxury brands are selling well. How about a $30,000 cell phone? On today’s show, we’ll learn about the new handcrafted cell phone with optional concierge service that’s become a new symbol of conspicuous consumption.

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We spoke to Gabriel Roth, who took the Aster for a test drive at one of Vertu’s upscale boutiques and wrote about the phone for Fast Company, "The Cadillac Bentley of Cell Phones." The Aster starts at a meager $6900 for the 'entry-level' calf leather model and rises to $9700 for a bright pink ostrich skin model.

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Tesla cars…Louis Vuitton luggage…Philippe Patek watches…luxury brands are selling well. How about a $10,000 cell phone? On today’s show, we’ll learn about the new handcrafted cell phone with optional concierge service that’s become a new symbol of conspicuous consumption.

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Officials are considering traffic signs, radio announcements and brochures as ways to educate drivers that holding a cellphone up to the ear to talk while driving or sitting in traffic will be illegal a year from now in New Hampshire.   Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign a bill that makes hand-held cellphone use while driving punishable by a $100 fine for the first offense. The price rises to $250 for a second offense and $500 for subsequent offenses within a 24-month period.

This week All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session.

One of the most high-profile bills at the statehouse this year was a plan to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Garry Rayno covers the statehouse for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He explains to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson how the bill came to pass the House and Senate, and some of the details of the measure.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or stopped in traffic.

The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.

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A bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving is headed to Governor Maggie Hassan’s desk, after the House passed the proposal this morning.

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Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or stopped in traffic.

The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.

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The Senate’s Transportation Committee is considering a bill already passed by the House that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

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A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing next week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.  The House-passed bill also bans all cell phone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn't apply in an emergency.   The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped off the road.  The bill allows the use of hands-free electronic devices, devices that are integrated into the vehicle, and non-cellular 2-way radio devices.

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The use of handheld cell phones while driving would be banned under a bill passed on Wednesday by the House.

New Hampshire would join 12 other states in banning hand-held cell phone use for all drivers.  There would be exceptions for dialing 911.

Bluetooth and other hands-free technology would remain legal, as well as the use of non-cellular 2-way radio.

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An app released this week called Silent Circle says it offers NSA level encryption tools to ordinary citizens. That means e-mails, phone calls, and text messages can’t be traced, intercepted, or recovered by just about anybody. Russell Brandom is a staff writer for Buzzfeed, where he wrote about the developers of Silent Circle.

Check out "A Peek into Silent Circle":

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Here’s a story worth sharing on your smartphone: new research says there is NOT an epidemic of teen sexting.

Janis Wolak is senior researcher at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She’s co-author of two studies on sexting being released in today’s edition of the journal Pediatrics, and she tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the UNH data shows a rate of sexting much lower than the 20 percent number commonly cited in news reports.