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Award-Winning Plantronics Headsets Are Ideal Choice for Ontario Residents to Comply with New Hands-free Law

Use Your Head, Not Your Hands: Keep Both Hands on the Wheel While Using Mobile Devices

Monday, October 19, 2009 5:08 am PDT

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TORONTO
"No matter the hands-free solution they choose, we are glad to know that the citizens of Ontario will now have both hands on the wheel when talking."

Effective October 26, Ontario law mandates the use of hands-free devices when using mobile phones on the road. Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT), the world leader in communication headsets for over 48 years, encourages all Ontario drivers to prepare for the new law by educating themselves on the hands-free options available and following a few simple safety tips.

Today’s busy commuters often make calls on the road using a handheld phone which can cause physical impairments while driving. With the use of headsets, these drivers can continue to enjoy the convenience of talking on a cell phone in the car while keeping both hands on the wheel. Ontario’s more than eight million licensed drivers should consider the following safety tips while using a headset and driving:

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Try using your phone and headset together before you drive. Get to know the controls and adjust the fit. Check the headset settings on your cell phone and store the phone in the car so it’s out of your way but still accessible.
  • Get Organized: Program all of your frequently called numbers into your phone. That includes your office, your kids’ school and your favorite takeout restaurant. Don’t forget about voice dialing; most phones have that option, so use it as much as possible to avoid becoming distracted by manual dialing while driving.
  • Set It Up: Just as you check your rearview mirror and buckle your seatbelt before driving, put on your headset and make sure it’s properly connected to your phone.
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Always remember that your first priority is driving. You should only place and receive calls when it’s absolutely necessary.

“Plantronics offers an array of headset models that fit a wide range of usage patterns, budgets and personal styles while still providing the first-rate audio quality, comfort, and style that consumers expect from us,” said Elizabeth Bastiaanse-Hamren, vice president of Product Marketing at Plantronics. “No matter the hands-free solution they choose, we are glad to know that the citizens of Ontario will now have both hands on the wheel when talking.”

Award-Winning Headset for Ontario Drivers: Plantronics Voyager PRO

Among the headsets available to Ontario drivers is the new Plantronics Voyager® PRO Bluetooth® headset, which provides the industry’s most advanced noise-canceling and wind noise reduction technology. Winner of coveted Editors’ Choice awards from CNET and PC Magazine, the Plantronics Voyager PRO features AudioIQ2, the next generation of its digital signal processing (DSP) technology, to deliver superior noise and wind cancellation as well as rich, natural inbound audio so you can hear and be heard clearly. Ideal for drivers, Plantronics Voyager PRO is extremely comfortable and provides six hours of continuous talk time before having to recharge.

The Plantronics Voyager PRO headset is available today at Best Buy Canada and Bell retail stores. The Voyager PRO is coming soon to Telus retail stores. Plantronics headsets are also available at Wal-Mart, Staples, Future Shop, and Rogers Retail stores throughout Ontario. For a complete listing of Plantronics’ products, please visit www.plantronics.com.

Plantronics recognizes that there are occasions when driving circumstances make talking on a mobile phone – handheld or hands-free – unsafe. In these instances, motorists should pull over or hang up to protect the safety of themselves, their passengers and others on the road.

About Plantronics

Plantronics is a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics delivers unparalleled audio experiences and quality that reflect our nearly 50 years of innovation and customer commitment. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100 and is the headset of choice for air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, AudioIQ², and Plantronics Voyager are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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