SOURCE: Parrot Inc.

June 19, 2008 18:16 ET

Parrot Launches Hands-Free Consumer Awareness Campaign With $10,000 Sweepstakes

Californians Urged to Petition for a New State Bird

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - In this highly charged political year, a new petition is being launched in California to recall the state bird. Have you ever wondered what the state bird has done for you lately? If the answer is "nothing," then take action today! Petition Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to launch a statewide initiative to recall the California Valley Quail. Instead vote for a bird known not only for its strong morale character, family values and intelligence, but one that is actually trying to improve the community: Parrot.

Go to and sign the petition to the Governor to replace the California Valley Quail, with Parrot. You will join drivers around the state in remaining calm, cool and collected behind the wheel by learning to avoid distracted driving and understanding what hands-free options are right for you.

"The California Valley Quail has been around for 77 years, with no results. On the other hand, Parrot has long been a champion of important issues, such as being a family friend and pet, he is now taking on support of the up-coming July 1st hands-free legislation through education," said Mike Hedge, campaign advisor, Parrot Inc. "Parrot aims to rid the roads of distracted drivers, those careless cell-phone wielding multi-taskers, in an effort to make people's commutes a more stress-free, zen-like experience."

At site visitors will also find games, social media, funny 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. In addition, by signing the petition, visitors will automatically enter a sweepstakes to win $10,000 or a trip to the exotic Parrot Cay (in Turks and Caicos). Participants can also play Parrot's Instant Win Game every day between June 9th - August 9th for a chance to win either a Parrot portable MINIKIT or a Parrot 3200 LS-color car kit with free installation.

Parrot Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of hands-free car kits has launched a campaign to vote for the Parrot to become the official State Bird of California, to build awareness and encourage compliance for the July 1st California hands-free law. No quails were harmed in the development of this campaign. More information about Parrot can also be found at: and

About Parrot Inc.:

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.

Contact Information

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