New Plantronics Headset Helps Optimize Voice Functionality of Next Generation Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! and Plantronics Help Drive VoIP Adoption Through High-Quality PC-to-PC VoIP Calling Experience
Santa Cruz, CA - May 18, 2005 - Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) today unveiled the new Yahoo! ready .Audio™ 70 multimedia headset, designed to optimize PC-to-PC Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication using the public beta of the next generation version of Yahoo! Messenger.
The new Yahoo! Messenger service (http://messenger.yahoo.com) provides free worldwide calls and voicemail through high quality, PC-to-PC VoIP calling. With the .Audio 70 headset, users can stay in touch with friends, families and colleagues in the home or on the go with excellent audio and sound quality.
The .Audio 70 is optimal for Yahoo! Messenger users in any environment. Whether a business professional is using Yahoo! Messenger to place PC-to-PC calls to colleagues, or a college student is playing an online video game while talking with a friend, the .Audio 70 helps optimize the communication experience. The .Audio 70 also complements other features of the Yahoo! Messenger service including gaming and listening to music on LAUNCHcast Internet radio.
“By combining Yahoo! Messenger’s new PC-to-PC calling capabilities with Plantronics’ .Audio 70 headset, people can experience easy-to-use, high quality PC-to-PC VoIP communications with friends and family all over the world,” said Frazier Miller, director of Yahoo! Messenger.
The .Audio 70 is a stereo headset that offers enhanced features for superior sound quality, comfort and privacy. The .Audio 70 includes a noise-canceling microphone that enables users to place PC-to-PC calls with exceptional speech clarity, even in the noisiest of environments. In addition, the .Audio 70 features swiveling speaker mounts for long wearing comfort, a QuickAdjust™ boom for ideal microphone placement, full-range stereo sound and in-line volume and mute controls.
“Together, Yahoo! and Plantronics are helping drive VoIP adoption,” said Joyce Shimizu, vice president of Residential and SOHO. “Combining Yahoo! Messenger’s intuitive PC-to-PC VoIP calling and rich features with Plantronics’ audio excellence, users can experience voice communications on a level never before achieved.”
The new Yahoo! ready .Audio 70 has an estimated street price of $24.95 and will be available at major retailers starting this summer. The product can also be purchased this summer at www.plantronics.com/yahoo. Plantronics plans to rollout other Yahoo! ready devices later this year.
Plantronics introduced the first lightweight headset in 1962 and is recognized as the world leader in communications headsets. A Plantronics headset was used for Neil Armstrong’s historic “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” transmission from the moon in 1969. A publicly held company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with approximately 3,900 employees, Plantronics maintains offices in 20 countries. For more information go to www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.