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Plantronics

September 29, 2011 08:00 ET

Plantronics Delivers a Smarter and Smaller Headset for Your Smartphones

Marque Product Allows You to Talk or Listen While You Tap, Text and Swipe

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - (NYSE: PLT) -- Your smartphone has a new best friend. Meet the Plantronics Marque™ M155, a smarter and smaller headset that offers voice-guided pairing for iPhone® and Android™ smartphones, voice recognition so you can answer or ignore calls completely hands-free, and stereo Bluetooth® (the A2DP standard), which allows you to listen to music, GPS directions or your email, all while providing great stereo quality in the smallest, lightest weight design yet at just seven grams.

"Smartphone users want to harness the power of their phones to complement and simplify their busy lives," said Elizabeth Hamren, vice president of Marketing, Plantronics. "The Marque lets them take advantage of the full range of their phone's capabilities, even while talking or listening to music or a podcast, all in a great looking, super lightweight device."

Smartphones have seen impressive growth the last few years and people have quickly come to depend on the all-in-one devices. Whether used as a cell phone, organizer, an email device, or all of the above, having a smartphone is not just smart, it's a necessity. In fact, IDC tracked shipments of 304.7 million smartphones in 2010, and expects that number to hit 472 million for all of 2011 -- a growth rate of 55% over 2010. IDC now expects the number of smartphones to grow at an annual rate of 26% a year through 2015. By then, IDC said 982 million smartphones will be shipped by manufacturers to retailers.

Outrageously Small and Light
The Marque is Plantronics' smallest headset ever and offers excellent sound quality in an amazingly lightweight design. At seven grams it weighs less than most ball point pens. It is so small you'll hardly know you're wearing it.

Voice Activation
Need to access your information but can't look at your phone? With Marque, to answer a call just say "answer" and you are connected. The Vocalyst™ Voice and Text Services also allow you to stay connected with your voice. Send email or text messages, post to Facebook and Twitter, or check the weather -- hands-free. With Vocalyst, press a button on your headset to connect; speak simple demands to listen to emails or text messages; or listen to feeds from your phone to catch up on the news and learn who won the big game. A one-year subscription to the cloud-based Vocalyst service is included with purchase of the Marque.

Apps Make It Easier
Get the most from Marque and your smartphone with the MyHeadset™ app, currently available in the Android Market and Apple App Store. These apps will do a sound check and familiarize you with the added functionality of your headset, such as streaming music, with much more to come.

Pricing and Availability
Marque M155 is available for $59.99 in either Jet Black or Arctic White, and can be pre-ordered today at Amazon.com, Plantronics.com and at select retailers and wireless carriers nationwide.

About Plantronics - Simply Smarter CommunicationsPlantronics 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 Simply Smarter Communications, MyHeadset, Marque and Vocalyst are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. iPhone and Apple are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.

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