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April 09, 2015 08:00 ET

Keep Conversations Within Reach With the New Plantronics Explorer 500 Bluetooth® Headset

Ready-to-Wear Headset Offers Certified HD Voice Clarity, Smartphone Voice Control, and USB Charging Strap

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwired - April 09, 2015) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a global leader in audio communications and pioneer in wearable technology, today announced the Plantronics Explorer 500, a compact, high-performance Bluetooth headset, with an included USB charging strap. The Explorer 500 combines contemporary design, GSMA-certified HD Voice, and smartphone voice control, allowing users to focus more on their lives and less on their phones.

"We know you have better things to do with your hands than hold on to your phone. Whether you're on the road, or juggling a briefcase and a latte on your walk to the office, Explorer 500 lets you harness the power of your smartphone, hands-free," said Jan Caldarella, category director, mobile communications solutions at Plantronics. "We've designed the Explorer 500 to provide clear, life-like voice audio (letting you be more easily understood by your smartphone), even in noisy environments."

Lightweight and powerful, Explorer 500 provides impressive, natural-sounding voice so calls are clear and life-like -- even in noisy or windy locations -- with dual-mic noise reduction and GSMA-certified HD Voice. It is easy to keep the headset readily at hand since the convenient magnetic strap can be hooked onto a keychain, purse, laptop bag or rearview mirror. And the strap doubles as a convenient USB charger -- no more wasting time hunting for the right cable.

Explorer 500 is for more than just phone calls. A touch of a button activates voice-control for smartphone assistants Siri, Google Now or Cortana, so users can harness the power of their smartphone hands-free and keep their device safe in a purse or pocket. And to reduce the frustration of misunderstood commands -- dual-mic clarity makes it easy for your smartphone to understand you. With A2DP, easily stream music, catch up on podcasts or hear GPS directions on the go. Further customize the headset by selecting one of three included built-in languages for whispered status alerts for power on/off, battery level and connection status.

Pricing and Availability

Plantronics Explorer 500 with USB charging strap is available in in two different colors -- white and black -- for MSRP $59.99 USD. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com.

About Plantronics -- Simply Smarter Communications

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, Plantronics Explorer, and Simply Smarter Communications are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries, and Explorer is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., any use by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. Siri is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Google Now is a trademark of Google Inc. Cortana is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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