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Plantronics Savi wins Unified Communications Product of the Year

April 16th, 2009 No comments

We keep talking about how great the Savi line of wireless headsets are and now the awards are starting to back us up. Unified Communication is a new term in the telecommunications industry and specifically in the headset world, it means that you’re able to use one headset and communicate with multiple devices such as your desk phone, computer soft phone or cellular phone.  View Product of the Year awards from TMC.

5 Inexpensive Strategies to Boost Employees Productivity

April 8th, 2009 No comments

We’ve been hearing from our customers simple and inexpensive ways to increase productivity as we all down size in a struggling economy. All 5 ideas will cost less than $395 to implement but will make a bid difference to any small business.

.Audio 655 USB

March 24th, 2009 No comments

With a plug-and-play USB connection and one-touch controls, the .Audio 655 USB stereo headset simply delivers high quality digital sound for all your PC audio needs. The .Audio 655 USB (part #80935-01) is now orderable and will start shipping mid-March.

End of Life Announcement- .Audio 325

March 19th, 2009 No comments

The .Audio 325 is being discontinued and is only available while supplies last. Going forward please order the .Audio 326.

Plantronics Unveils New Wireless Audio Solutions for Unified Communications

March 11th, 2009 2 comments

SaviTM Office and SaviTM Go Wireless Headsets Unify Business Communications Across Multiple Applications and Devices

SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – March 11, 2009) – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today introduced the industry’s first suite of Unified Communications wireless headset systems that integrate multiple devices and applications for improved business collaboration and cost savings. Designed for today’s distributed workforce, the Plantronics Savi™ Series provides a new level of communication versatility combined with superior audio and reliability.
“As Unified Communications becomes more prevalent in the enterprise, professionals are increasingly using a mix of communication tools, including desk phones, softphones and mobile phones, on an everyday basis,” said Melanie Turek, industry principal, Unified Communications at Frost & Sullivan. “Intelligent headsets that can unify devices and applications to help eliminate costs and improve workforce collaboration are truly essential for successful UC deployments.”

Revenues for the worldwide unified communications application and service markets grew by 294 percent in 2008, according to Frost & Sullivan. The analyst firm forecasts a CAGR of 72 percent for the market (2008-2014).

The Plantronics Savi Series features two wireless headset systems: Savi Office and Savi Go. Savi Office is designed for office workers and provides a single wireless headset for mixing desk phone calls with PC audio and softphone calls. Savi Go gives mobile professionals a simple-to-use wireless headset to connect to PC and mobile phone communications. Both products have variants that support UC offerings from leading providers, including Avaya, Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft, and other popular services, such as Google Talk and Skype.

“Plantronics is participating in numerous Unified Communications pilot projects, helping IT departments increase adoption by understanding end user needs and preferences,” said Chuck Yort, vice president and general manager, B2B Solutions at Plantronics. “Experience is teaching us that the last leg of UC — how well end users interface with devices — is just as critical as the infrastructure. Our new Savi products are reliable, minimize risk and spur adoption for IT decision makers, and deliver great audio, comfort and ease of use for end users.”
Plantronics Savi Office — PC and Desk Phone Integration
As the PC emerges as an audio platform for business, professionals require a way to seamlessly transition between the various audio-intensive functions performed during the workday. With the Savi Office headset system, professionals can use a single wireless headset for wideband PC audio, including web conferencing, multimedia streaming and music listening, and switch to/from both desk phone and softphone calls at the touch of a button.

Plantronics Savi Office features a new software application, PerSono® Suite, to manage calls and audio. PerSono Suite provides an intuitive, one-click interface to let users mix desk phones and softphone calls, mute a call, or put a call on hold with a single click. Users can personalize PerSono Suite and save ring tones, volume levels, and default settings.

Additional Savi Office features and benefits include:
— Mobility: All communications and PC audio listening on Savi Office are
wireless, giving professionals the freedom to talk hands-free and work
without the hassles of a cord, up to 350-feet away from the desk.

— Audio Quality: Savi Office is built on digitally encrypted, voice-
dedicated DECT™ 6.0 technology for exceptional audio quality and lower
interference with other wireless devices.

— Personal Choice: Savi Office is offered with two different wearing
styles: convertible includes over-the-ear and over-the-head styles and a
discreet over-the-ear style, both with noise-canceling microphones.

Plantronics Savi Go — Wideband PC Audio and Mobile Connections
Designed for the more than 47.3 million mobile professionals*, the Plantronics Savi Go headset system enables users to unify their PC softphone and mobile phone communications with excellent audio quality. Savi Go includes a plug-and-play Bluetooth® USB adapter that reduces support costs by eliminating cumbersome software set-up processes and provides life-like, wideband calling through any UC application. The Class 1 Bluetooth adapter provides up to 200 feet of range from the PC for extended mobility, and also features A2DP for wireless stereo streaming.

Additional Savi Go features and benefits include:
— Device Simplification: The Savi Go headset includes multipoint
technology that allows users to switch between their mobile phone and PC
calls with the touch of a button.

— Audio Quality: The headset features an extended boom and noise-
cancelling microphone for call clarity, and a single button on the headset
provides remote answer/end, volume up/down and mute.

— Ease of Use: Savi Go also comes with the PerSono Suite software to
help manage PC audio and calling.

Plantronics Savi Go will be available in two versions: Optimized for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 and enhanced for other Unified Communications platforms.

Availability
Plantronics Savi Office and Savi Go Optimized for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 will be available through Plantronics authorized retailers later this spring. Savi Go enhanced for other Unified Communications platforms will be available this summer.

Plantronics — The Voice of Unified Communications
Plantronics offers one of the industry’s most complete families of corded and wireless products for unified communications. Widely recognized for their sound quality, reliability and comfort, Plantronics’ audio solutions help companies extend the benefits of IP communications throughout the extended enterprise, fostering better business communication and efficiency regardless of where professionals are working.

For more information about Plantronics’ UC-ready products, visit: http://www.headsetsdirect.com/plantronics/unified_communication.html.

To access the social media press release, which includes images and video, click here: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=481162

About Plantronics
In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Since then, Plantronics has become the headset of choice for mission-critical applications such as air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this history of innovation is the basis for every audio product we build for the office, contact center, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing and Clarity. For more information, go to www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Altec Lansing, Clarity, PerSono Suite, Plantronics, Savi, and Sound Innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Plantronics is under license. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.
*IDC Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2007-2011 Forecast.

How do I know what Headset will work with my phone?

March 4th, 2009 No comments

We have a compatibility guide on our website to determine what setup you will need. You will need to know your phone manufacture and model number. Also always feel free to call and we will help you find the best headset for your needs! 1-888-244-0483

Can a Plantronics H-Series Headset be used on the T20 two line system?

March 4th, 2009 No comments

Yes! You will need a Polaris cord 27190-01 to connect the Headset to the T20. The T20 was not made to be used with an H-series Headset, we have tested it out ourselves and it works. We are not able to test all functions of the T20, so it could possibly not work in all situations.

Can a Plantronics H-Series Headset be used on the T20 two line system?

March 4th, 2009 No comments

Yes! You will need a Polaris cord 27190-01 to connect the Headset to the T20. The T20 was not made to be used with an H-series Headset, we have tested it out ourselves and it works. We are not able to test all functions of the T20, so it could possibly not work in all situations.

New Plantronics .Audio 655 Is the First Headset Certified for Use With Skype’s New Super Wideband Audio Codec

March 4th, 2009 No comments

SANTA CRUZ, CA, Mar 04, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — PLT Quote Chart News PowerRating — Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT Quote Chart News PowerRating) today introduced the Plantronics .Audio(TM) 655 USB Stereo Headset for PC-based communications and multimedia. The .Audio 655 is the industry’s first headset to take full advantage of the crystal clear audio quality of calls in the all-new version of Skype(TM) for Windows(R).
The .Audio 655 is the first headset certified to work with Skype’s new SILK speech codec, which was introduced earlier this year. This new audio codec delivers exceptionally clear conversations and achieves wideband audio quality (16kHz) using 50 percent less network bandwidth than previously required. Moreover, it introduces a new standard for speech quality — super wideband audio (24kHz) — which delivers crystal clear, richer and warmer sound to those using a compatible headset and a high quality broadband connection. Skype’s bandwidth manager interacts with the codec to adjust quickly to fluctuating bandwidth conditions to produce the most reliable sound.
“Skype’s new super wideband audio is a breakthrough in providing consumers with even richer voice and video calls, so they get the feeling of true ‘face-to-face’ conversations,” said Matt Miller, director of PC and Entertainment at Plantronics, Inc. “The .Audio 655 is the only headset for Skype’s 405 million registered users worldwide to take full advantage of super wideband audio, while delivering great comfort and plug-and-play simplicity.”
“We believe that our new state-of-the-art super wideband audio capability sets a new standard for richer voice communications over the Internet,” said Jonathan Christensen, Skype’s General Manager for Audio and Video. “We are proud to be partnering with Plantronics to showcase this improvement in the calling experience for consumers.”
Plantronics .Audio 655 — A Perfect Skype Companion
The Plantronics .Audio 655 stereo headset delivers deep bass and full-range digital audio through 40 mm speakers, includes a noise-cancelling microphone for clear conversations, and features Fast Mic Mute(TM) technology that lets users quickly mute the microphone by raising the boom. The .Audio 655’s soft, swivel-mounted ear cushions and lightweight design provide all-day wearing comfort so users can listen to music, make internet calls, or play DVDs and games. For ease of use, the headset uses a plug-and-play USB connection and features one-touch volume controls on the earpiece.
The All-New Skype
The all-new Skype is the most exciting and fundamental change to Skype’s software since the company’s inception five years ago. It incorporates many substantive improvements to video calling and overall ease-of-use, making it even easier to communicate online, using whatever method is preferred — free voice and video calls to other Skype users, instant messaging, as well as calls to landlines and mobile devices around the world and SMS at very low rates.

Delay in CT14 Availability

February 19th, 2009 No comments

Plantronics will postpone the first CT14 customer shipments for approximately one month from the initial shipping estimate. Customer shipments are now estimated to begin in late February or early March. We will continue taking CT14 pre-orders during this time.