SOURCE: Parrot Inc.

July 01, 2008 16:19 ET

Hands-Free Law Goes Into Effect in California and Washington

Consumers to Win Cash and Hands-Free Car Kits to Comply With Law

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Today laws go into effect in California and Washington, requiring these states' 28 million licensed drivers to use a hands-free device while speaking on their phones and driving. Parrot Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of hands-free car kits, is giving away free car kits to help consumers comply with the law and awarding a $10,000 sweepstakes prize or a free vacation to Turks and Caicos to one lucky winner in order to help get the word out.

Participants can play Parrot's Instant Win Game every day until August 9, 2008 for a chance to win either a portable Parrot MINIKIT or a Parrot 3200 LS-Color car kit with free installation for crystal clear conversations directly on your car's speakers.

Parrot Inc. recently launched a humorous campaign asking consumers to vote for the "Positive Parrot" to become the official State Bird of California, in order to help build awareness of the various Bluetooth® hands-free options available and encourage compliance with the hands-free laws.

Consumers who visit and sign the petition to Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace the California Valley Quail, with the Positive Parrot will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win $10,000 or a trip to the exotic Parrot Cay (in Turks and Caicos).

At site visitors will also find games, social media, fun videos, and tips for distraction-free driving. Visitors can also review a range of hands-free options and learn more about the benefits of using a hands-free mobile phone device while driving.

"Consumers have many options as they look to comply with the hands-free legislation beyond basic headsets. Car kits, both the portable and the installed variety like those from Parrot, provide superior audio quality, comfort and freedom while driving," said David Wenning, senior vice president for Parrot.

Parrot offers several hands-free options, including portable car kits, installed car kits and a motorcycle helmet kit to allow drivers to comply with the new cell phone laws. More information and educational resources are available here:


Web page: Safe driving resources

Web page: Products, hands-free car kits

Web page: Products, Plug-n-Play hands-free car kits

California Highway Patrol FAQ document

California DMV Q&A

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About Parrot:

Founded in 1994, Parrot has rapidly established itself as a pivotal global player for wireless mobile telephone accessories. Drawing on its tried-and-tested expertise on voice recognition and signal processing technologies, Parrot was one of the very first companies to produce Bluetooth®-enabled wireless hands-free car kits, having identified this standard's vast potential as early as 1999. Determined to accompany the mobile telephone's irresistible breakthrough into our day-to-day lives, Parrot has been developing a new range of Multimedia products since 2006, including wireless hi-fi systems and LCD photo frames.

Today, Parrot truly has a major international focus, both in terms of its client base, with 86.6% of sales generated outside of France, and in terms of production, outsourced to carefully selected partners, enabling it to achieve the best possible level of quality and responsiveness. Parrot is now particularly well positioned to capitalize on the bright future opening up for mobile telephone devices. Parrot has seen sustained growth in its consolidated revenues, which have tripled since 2005. In 2007, Parrot sold over 5 million product units and generated 220 million Euros in revenues, up 32% on 2006.

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