SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

June 18, 2008 08:30 ET

Polycom Desktop IP Phone Combines Color Display, HD Voice, Gigabit Ethernet, and Industry's First Color Attendant Console

SoundPoint IP 670 Delivers a Rich Voice and Visual Experience to Increase the Speed of Business

PLEASANTON, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - INFOCOMM -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the leader in unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the newest addition to its SoundPoint® IP desktop phone line, the SoundPoint IP 670. The SoundPoint IP 670 is an application-enabled desktop SIP phone with a high-performance color display, Polycom's revolutionary HD Voice technology, and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity. It provides professionals with an intuitive color interface for easier viewing and navigation of phone functions and productivity-enhancing applications.

The SoundPoint IP 670 also features the industry's first color expansion module. When equipped with up to three color expansion modules, the SoundPoint IP 670 delivers the industry's first color attendant console solution for call attendants and administrative assistants. This solution significantly increases the call handling capability of the phone and enables attendants to better manage incoming calls by being able to view presence status without having to be in front of a PC.

"Polycom's new SoundPoint IP 670 phone is a good choice for organizations that are pursuing a standards-based communication strategy and are planning to embed applications on the phone," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst with Infonetics Research. "And what's noteworthy for power users is that it operates at 1 Gbps, so it doesn't introduce a new congestion point on the network."

"The SoundPoint IP 670 provides a full-color user interface to deliver a significantly augmented and visually pleasing user experience when running productivity-enhancing applications, such as the Polycom Productivity Suite," said Victor Yue, Director, Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd. "We applaud Polycom for enabling us to continue to offer our customers the most comprehensive, best-sounding, most interoperable, high-quality IP telephony solutions for small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises."

The SoundPoint IP 670 supports six-lines and includes advanced SIP features and capabilities, such as support for shared lines, text messaging, and buddy presence monitoring. It features 14 default color background displays for phone personalization. Additional customized backgrounds, such as a company logo, can be added to deliver a rich desktop branding experience. The phone also includes an integrated XHTML micro-browser that enables users to take advantage of productivity-enhancing Web-based applications and also provides the ideal platform for Polycom's recently announced Polycom Productivity Suite for SoundPoint IP phones.

As the industry's first color expansion module, the SoundPoint IP Color Expansion Module augments the color user interface of the SoundPoint IP 670 phone. It features 14 multifunctional line keys that can be set up as line registration, call appearance, speed-dial, or a direct station select (DSS)/busy lamp field (BLF) keys. Up to three Color Expansion Modules can be snapped onto the SoundPoint IP 670 to form a full-featured color call attendant console solution. The solution supports up to 34 line registrations, 47 BLF monitored lines, and 24 concurrent calls. This enables the telephone attendant to promptly accept, screen, dispatch and effortlessly monitor incoming calls.

"We're always seeking ways to improve the customer experience and offer productivity-enhancing features that drive the speed of business," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of Polycom's Voice Communications Solutions division. "The SoundPoint IP 670 combines a rich color display with Polycom HD Voice to offer our customers a visually pleasing user interface, an incredible sounding voice experience and a future-proof platform with Gigabit Ethernet."

The SoundPoint IP phone is being certified to deliver comprehensive interoperability and extensive feature support with Polycom's growing list of more than 24 SIP-based call control platform partners including 3Com, BroadSoft, Digium, Interactive Intelligence, Sylantro, and other Polycom VoIP Interoperability Partners (VIP). For more information on the Polycom VIP Program, visit

Pricing and Availability

The Power over Ethernet (PoE) version of the Polycom SoundPoint IP 670 is available in North America, most of Central and Latin America, Europe and most of Asia-Pac today through Polycom certified channel partners for an MSRP of U.S. $599. The SoundPoint IP Color Expansion Modules are available for an MSRP of $319 each. To learn more about the SoundPoint IP 670 and its Color Expansion Modules, please visit the Polycom web site at

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

Polycom, the Polycom logo, and SoundPoint are registered trademarks, and Polycom HD Voice technology is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2008, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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