New Speakerphones Streamline Audio across PC-Based Soft-phones, Mobile Phones, and even Home Landlines in a Single, Smart Hands-free Solution
Plantronics®(NYSE:PLT), today announced the Calisto® 800 Series, the first speakerphones in its unified communications product portfolio to combine multi-device hands-free connectivity with intuitive visual call management. Optimised for use with Microsoft® Office Communicator and LyncTM these products are designed for workers who depend on multiple communication devices to collaborate effectively.
The Calisto 800 Series includes the Calisto 825 which manages calls between a PC and a mobile phone and features a unique wireless microphone that provides unparalleled speakerphone audio quality and freedom of movement. The device setup is effortless and fast - in less than five minutes users are up and running and able to switch between mobile and PC calls, dial, and mute across devices at the touch of a button. The Calisto 825 allows users to move around freely while on a conference call using the wireless lapel microphone or connect a Bluetooth® or corded headset to the speakerphone when privacy is desired. Additionally, the unit features unmatched audio quality and premium sound through echo and advanced noise cancellation technology.
“Thorough research around the communication habits of today’s dispersed workforce went into the development of the Calisto 800 series,” said Graeme Gherbaz, Managing Director, Plantronics Australia. “Today’s workers are a lot more mobile than they used to be – whether work is conducted from the office or a private home, users want devices that simplify their communication, and the Calisto 800 series caters to that need.”
SIMPLY SMARTER COMMUNICATIONS
The Calisto 800 series of unified communications products provides premium sound and unparalleled audio quality due to full duplex wideband audio and advanced noise cancellation. In addition to the Calisto 825, the portfolio includes the Calisto 820 and the Calisto 830. The Calisto 825 is a standard two-way speakerphone for the PC and mobile phone and includes the PA50TM wireless lapel microphone and charging base. The PA50 can be purchased for either the Calisto 820 or 830 as an accessory. The Calisto 820 is a two-way speakerphone for the PC and mobile phone, while the Calisto 830 is a three-way speakerphone for PC, mobile phone and landlines. The Calisto 830 includes a USB cable, analog/landline port, RJ11 cable and AC adapter.
The Calisto 800 series is optimised for Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync, and offers a range of hands-free options including wireless connectivity with Bluetooth headsets or corded connectivity with 3.5mm headsets/headphones when privacy is desired.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Calisto 825 is now shipping for Estimated Street Price of $339.00. The Calisto 820 is available for an ESP of $235.00. The Calisto 830 is available for an ESP of $259.00. UC standard versions of the Calisto 825, 820 and 830 that will support a variety of leading soft-phones including those from Avaya®, Cisco®, IBM® and Skype® and will be available in Spring of 2011.
Please visit www.plantronics.com/au to learn more.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements relating to Unified Communications (”UC”) and our Calisto 800 series products, including timing of product availability. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated are: (i) UC solutions may not be adopted with the breadth and speed in the marketplace that we currently anticipate; (ii) manufacturing or other production delays (iii) our plans are dependent upon adoption of our UC solution by major platform providers such as Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, Alcatel, and IBM, and we have a limited ability to influence such providers with respect to the functionality of their platforms, their rate of deployment, and their willingness to integrate their platforms with our solutions. For more information concerning these and other possible risks, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 1, 2010, quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q, particularly the sections entitled “Risk Factors,” “Certain Forward-Looking Information” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as recent press releases. Plantronics undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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/au or call +61 3 9326 1653.