Plantronics Wireless Headset System Awarded Nortel Compatible Product Designation

Plantronics Headsets and Nortel Desktop Portfolio Provide Advanced Communication Capabilities for Improved Business Efficiency

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 5 / -- Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) today announced that the Plantronics Voyager(TM) 510 Bluetooth® Headset and Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset System (both S and SL models) were awarded Nortel Compatible Product designation through interoperability testing on various models of Nortel desktop digital or IP phones. The products are the first wireless headsets in the industry to gain such status.

The Plantronics SupraPlus® P251N and P261N corded headsets were also awarded Nortel Compatible Product designation. In addition, Plantronics is now recognized as a Nortel Developer Partner.

Combining Plantronics wireless and wired headsets with Nortel's desktop portfolio provides professionals with a complete solution for smarter, more efficient business communications. Nortel and Plantronics customers can now use a single wireless headset to seamlessly switch between Nortel IP phones and mobile phones with Bluetooth technology -- empowering professionals to multi-task, collaborate more effectively, and extend the virtual workplace whether they are in the office, at home or on the go.

"Nortel's open interface strategy enables innovative companies like Plantronics to create compelling applications that complement Nortel systems," said Steve Horowitz, Leader, IP Clients, Nortel. "Today's highly mobile workforce can now easily utilize the same wireless headset for use with their mobile phone and their Nortel IP business phone, creating economic and productivity efficiencies."

"Both Nortel and Plantronics share great legacies of developing advanced communication solutions that improve business efficiency and exceed the expectation of our customers," said Chuck Yort, vice president and general manager of Business Solutions at Plantronics. "Together, Nortel and Plantronics help businesses redefine how they communicate and better service their customers, partners and other constituents."

Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset System

The Plantronics Voyager 510(1) is the first headset with Bluetooth wireless technology to include both a noise-canceling microphone and wind- reduction technology for brilliant sound in windy environments. The headset features multipoint technology for easily switching between multiple devices, and can automatically detect which device a person is using, allowing them to take calls from either device with the touch of a button. The Plantronics Voyager 510 can connect directly to Nortel IP Phones that feature an integrated Bluetooth audio gateway, or the Plantronics Voyager 510 Headset System includes a Bluetooth desktop adapter for other Nortel phone models. Specific details about the Nortel phone models that are compatible with the Plantronics wireless or wired headsets can be found at The Plantronics Voyager 510 headset features include:

o Noise-canceling microphone and wind-reduction technology for brilliant
sound in indoor and outdoor environments,
o Lightweight, foldable design for all-day wearing comfort and easy
o One-touch call answer/end, last number redial and voice activated
dialing with mobile phones,
o Boom swivels for use on either ear for optional wearing preference,
o Up to six hours talk time and up to 100 hours standby time, and
o Freedom to roam up to 33 feet away from voice-enabled devices with
Bluetooth wireless technology.

Nortel Desktop Portfolio

Nortel has one of the most complete desktop portfolios in the industry, with both digital and IP client solutions available to customers. The award winning Nortel IP Phone 1100 Series portfolio offers a sleek and cutting-edge ergonomic design with selected models that feature fully-integrated USB, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth wireless technology, helping to provide a superior user experience for both today's and tomorrow's communications needs.

The Plantronics headsets with the Nortel Compatible Product designation are immediately orderable through the Nortel Select Product Program. Nortel selects innovative products from its Developer Partners that strategically complement Nortel communication platforms and create significant value for Nortel customers.

About Plantronics

In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from the moon: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Since then, Plantronics has become the headset of choice for mission-critical applications such as air traffic control, 911 dispatch, and the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this history of Sound Innovation(TM) is the basis for every product we build for the office, contact center, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing, Clarity, and Volume Logic. For more information, go to or call (800) 544-4660.

(1) Testing of the Plantronics Voyager 510 headset by the National Analysis Center, a leading independent testing lab for the wireless phone industry, found that "the Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset supports an innovative boom microphone design to greatly minimize the effects of wind noise. A high level of customer satisfaction should be realized due to the exceptional audio quality along with the ability to use the headset in outdoor windy conditions." For its superior wind noise performance, the National Analysis Center awarded Plantronics Voyager 510 with its "Innovation" award.

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