Conference Phone works with Avaya platform.

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Suited for Avaya Communication Manager telephony platform users, triangular SoundStation2(TM) lets people talk up to 10 ft away in normal voice and be heard clearly. It offers direct connection into digital wall jack and features backlit LCD, international Caller-ID, address book for speed dialing, cell phone connector, and multilingual interface. Optional Computer Calling Kit is available for use with Internet calling applications and soft phones.



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Polycom Introduces Industry-Leading SoundStation2 Conference Phone for Avaya Customers



SoundStation2 for Avaya Offers Digital Conference Phone With Dramatically Improved Quality, Performance and Value Over Previous SoundStation Premier

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 27 / -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the availability of a new SoundStation2(TM) conference phone for Avaya Communication Manager telephony platform customers. A replacement for the previous SoundStation(R) Premier for Avaya (500D and 550D), the SoundStation2 for Avaya delivers dramatically improved quality, performance and value and offers a direct connection into the digital wall jack, eliminating the need for additional connectors, adapters and analog line cards. Expanding the longstanding relationship between Polycom and Avaya, the SoundStation2 for Avaya is co-branded and will be sold through both Polycom and Avaya channels (marketed as Avaya 2490 through Avaya and its channel partners.)

"The SoundStation Premier 550D was well received by Avaya customers for several years and we are pleased to now replace that with the SoundStation2 for Avaya, which provides the same convenient direct connection with superior quality, features and overall value," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of voice communications at Polycom. "We are pleased to offer this to customers through Polycom and Avaya channels as the latest offering in our ongoing voice and video telephony initiatives with Avaya."

"Avaya Communication Manager is a powerful platform that provides customers with the flexibility to evolve into to a more intelligent communications environment," said Saied Seghatoleslami, Avaya's vice president, product management, Communication Appliances Division. "Our conference phone initiatives with Polycom support this strategy by giving customers a choice of either a direct-connect conference phone for the digital wall jack with the SoundStation2 for Avaya (Avaya 2490), or an integrated IP conference phone with the Avaya 4690, both of which are supported within the Avaya Communication Manager telephony environment."

About the SoundStation2

The SoundStation2 is the latest addition to the award-winning line of iconic, triangular-shaped SoundStation conference phones from Polycom. It delivers dramatically improved voice quality, provides the ability to talk up to ten feet away in a normal voice and still be heard clearly, and adds new features including a backlit LCD display for easy use of phone applications, international Caller-ID, an address book for speed dialing, a cell phone connector, and an optional Computer Calling Kit for use with internet calling applications and soft phones.

The conference phone's user interface currently supports six different languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Norwegian.

Pricing and availability:

The SoundStation2 for Avaya (marketed as Avaya 2490 through Avaya and its channel partners) will be available the first week in March in North America through Polycom and Avaya channel partners for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,049. Models for European countries will be available in April with regional pricing. The SoundStation2 for Avaya is compatible with all Avaya releases through the latest Avaya Communication Manager 3.1.

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.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence- based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom Web site at www.polycom.com.

NOTE: Polycom, the Polycom logo and SoundStation are registered trademarks and SoundStation2 and Acoustic Clarity are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Kevin Young of Polycom, Inc., +1-925-924-5706, or kyoung@polycom.com

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