Plantronics Unveils New Stereo Mobile Headset for MP3 Cell Phones
Santa Cruz, Calif.– April 18, 2006 – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today introduced the new MX203S stereo mobile headset for MP3-enabled cell phones. Designed with WindSmart® technology for active users, such as runners and walking commuters, the MX203S provides a single headset to take calls and listen to stereo music with great quality and comfort. Plantronics also unveiled today two additional corded headsets, the MX200 and MX250, to provide mobile users a variety of options for talking on cell phones.
“Increasingly, consumers want devices that are simple, versatile and can keep up with their busy lives,” said Renee Niemi, vice president of Mobile and Entertainment at Plantronics. “The new MX203S accomplishes this while delivering the same high quality sound that Plantronics has provided for more than forty years.”
The market for music-enabled cell phones is growing rapidly. According to Strategy Analytics, sales of music-enabled handsets will jump from $48 million in 2004 to $886 million in 2009. In North America alone, music-enabled handsets will account for 94.7 percent of total handset sales by 2009 (January 2006).
The MX203S features Plantronics’ Flex Grip® under-the-ear design for a secure, comfortable fit while walking or running. The headset also incorporates WindSmart technology for clear conversations in outdoor, windy environments. Users listening to music with the MX203S hear a ring when a call comes in and simply touch a button on the headset to answer/end.
The MX200 headset combines a single earpiece design with WindSmart to offer mobile users a discreet, simple solution. The MX250 headset provides excellent audio, with a newly styled boom and noise-canceling microphone. Both of the headsets feature Flex Grip and under-the-ear styles.
The MX203S has an estimated street price of US $29.99 and will be available this month in major retail stores and www.plantronics.com. The MX200 and MX250 have estimated street prices of US $19.95 and US $24.95, respectively. Both products will also be available this month in retails stores and the Plantronics web site.
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 Sound Innovation™ is the basis for every product we build for the office, contact center, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing, Clarity, and Volume Logic. For more information, go to www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, sales of music-enabled handsets will jump from $48 million in 2004 to $886 million in 2009 and in North America alone, music-enabled handsets will account for 94.7 percent of total sales by 2009. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions. In particular, there can be no assurance that gross sales or percentage sales will attain the anticipated levels. For more information concerning these and other possible risks, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K filed on May 31, 2005, filings on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as recent press releases. These filings can be accessed over the Internet at http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html.
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