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Plantronics Helps Maryland Drivers Keep Both Hands on the Wheel While Talking and Driving

New Voyager PRO+ and M100 Bluetooth Headsets and K100 In-Car Speakerphone Provide Compliance with the Law and Choice for Drivers

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:08 am PDT

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BALTIMORE, MD
"Given that Maryland drivers have the second longest commute time in the country*, we think they’ll especially appreciate the award-winning performance, comfort and usability that our products deliver."

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT), the world leader in personal audio communications for almost 50 years, encourages Maryland drivers to prepare for the hands-free driving law by educating themselves on the new headset and in-car speakerphone options available and following a set of simple safety tips. Effective Friday, October 1, Maryland will ban the use of handheld mobile electronic devices including phones while operating a motor vehicle unless a hands-free device is used.

Plantronics offers Maryland drivers a wide variety of products for hands-free driving, including the new Plantronics Voyager® PRO+ Bluetooth® headset, M100™ Bluetooth headset and K100™ in-car speakerphone.

The new law bans Maryland drivers from using handheld phones for anything other than emergency calls with violators receiving a $40 fine for a first offense and $100 fine for each subsequent offense. Hands-free devices, such as headsets and in-car speakerphones, minimize physical and visual distractions associated with talking on the phone and driving by enabling motorists to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

“As more states enact hands-free legislation, Plantronics continues to develop a variety of hands-free products to fit a range of personal styles and budgets while still providing the first-rate audio quality consumers want,” said Elizabeth Bastiaanse Hamren, vice president of Marketing at Plantronics. “Given that Maryland drivers have the second longest commute time in the country*, we think they’ll especially appreciate the award-winning performance, comfort and usability that our products deliver.”

Today’s busy commuters often make calls on the road using a mobile phone which can cause physical impairments while driving. With the use of a headset or in-car speakerphone, coupled with voice commands, drivers can continue to enjoy the convenience of talking in the car while never having to look at their phones. Plantronics offers the following tips for staying safe on the road and complying with the hands-free law:

  • Try it out: Test your headset with your phone before you drive. Familiarize yourself with the headset’s controls and voice commands (if supported), and adjust the fit and volume. Make sure your headset and phone are connected and store your phone so it is out of your way but still accessible.
  • Get organized: Make sure frequently called numbers are programmed into your phone. Most phones have voice-dialing; be sure to use this feature so you can always keep both eyes on the road.
  • Set it up: Add headset preparation to your pre-driving checklist. Buckle your seatbelt, check your rearview mirror, and put on your headset and make sure it’s connected to your phone before you drive.
  • Focus on the road: Always remember that driving safely is your first priority. You should focus on the road and only place and receive calls when it’s absolutely necessary.

Best-in-Class Bluetooth Solutions

The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth headset, a new version of the award-winning Voyager PRO, combines advanced noise-canceling and wind noise reduction technology to deliver rich, natural audio during conversations. Voyager PRO+ also features a new online voice service, Plantronics Vocalyst™, that helps drivers with convenient features and capabilities, including text-to-speech, reminders, audio streaming, and much more. Voyager PRO+ includes A2DP wireless streaming technology that enables drivers to stream GPS directions from a mobile phone.

The Plantronics K100 Bluetooth in-car speakerphone offers a robust combination of advanced audio technology, ease-of-use and enhanced features for convenient, hands-free conversations in the car. The slim K100 is designed to clip onto a car visor and allows users to broadcast calls through the built-in speaker or onboard stereo system. Dual microphones, noise reduction technology, voice alerts and large, easy-to-locate buttons all work to provide clear conversations and an easy calling experience. The Plantronics K100 delivers up to 17 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.

The Plantronics M100 Bluetooth Headset is an ultra-slim, lightweight headset that includes advanced technology to deliver clear and natural audio. One of the industry’s slimmest headsets — the device measures only 8mm thin — the M100 also delivers outstanding audio performance by incorporating dual microphones, wind-noise reduction and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology.

Pricing and Availability

The Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset ($99.99 ESP), K100 in-car speakerphone ($79.99 ESP) and M100 Bluetooth headset ($79.99 ESP) are available today at www.plantronics.com and Best Buy stores in Maryland and surrounding areas. The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ with the Vocalyst service will be available online and in wireless carriers and retailers in October. To learn more about the headsets and see a complete listing of Plantronics’ hands-free 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.

*Census 2000, Maryland Department of Planning

Plantronics, Plantronics Voyager, K100, M100 and Vocalyst are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Plantronics is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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