Polycom Expands Market-Leading VOIP Phone Line with New Entry-Level and HD Voice Desktop Models


Polycom SoundPoint IP 330, 320 entry-level phones feature best-in-class price performance; SoundPoint IP 550 combines cutting-edge SIP features with Polycom HD Voice.

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 -- VON CONFERENCE & EXPO (booth #625) -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today expanded its market- leading line of standards-based VoIP desktop phones with three new models, including two enterprise-grade entry-level phones, and a high-performance four-line phone with Polycom HD Voice(TM) technology. With these additions, Polycom offers the industry's broadest portfolio of standards-based, best-in-class VoIP phones that spans from the desktop to the attendant's desk to the conference room.

Polycom will demonstrate its entire line of VoIP phones, including the new models, at the VON Conference and Expo taking place March 20-22, 2007 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. (Polycom booth #625)

"We are listening to customers and delivering VoIP phone solutions that meet their complete range of business telephony needs," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager of voice communications at Polycom. "Through our focused product development efforts, breakthrough technology advancements like HD Voice, and thorough integration efforts with our IP PBX and Softswitch partners, Polycom is able to offer standards-based phone solutions that are second to none in interoperability, quality, performance and value."

SoundPoint® IP 330 and 320 - Best-in-class entry-level VoIP desktop phones

The SoundPoint IP 330 and 320 are two new entry-level models that feature a full-duplex speakerphone with Polycom Acoustic Clarity Technology for natural, hands-free conversations, an easy-to-read graphical LCD, and integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) support enabling flexible powering options. These phones are designed to meet the demand for a cost-effective VoIP phone that delivers excellent sound quality and enterprise-grade features. The SoundPoint IP 330 features a dual-port 10/100 Ethernet switch for LAN and PC connection, presenting a cost-effective solution for cubicle workers, as well as call center operators who use a "hard" phone in conjunction with a PC client. The SoundPoint IP 320 has a single 10/100 Ethernet port, making it ideal for common areas such as lobbies, hallways, and break rooms as well as various wall-mounted deployments.

"By continuing to expand its desktop VoIP phone line, Polycom is giving customers a broad range of phones for different applications within an organization," said Lynda Starr, senior analyst with the Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Practice. "In addition, by increasing the number of models that include Polycom's HD Voice Technology, the company will continue to help differentiate IP telephony offerings, and provide customers with a significant benefit for choosing VoIP over traditional phone networks."

SoundPoint IP 550 - Cutting-edge SIP feature set and Polycom HD Voice

The SoundPoint IP 550 four-line VoIP desktop phone provides a powerful tool for users requiring an advanced feature set. The phone includes Polycom HD Voice technology that delivers lifelike, high-fidelity voice richness and clarity which can improve comprehension and reduce listener fatigue. It also features a high-resolution, backlit, graphical LCD; integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) support; and an XHTML micro browser for productivity-enhancing web applications. The phone offers advanced functionality such as shared call / bridge line appearance, busy lamp field (BLF), and presence*.

The SoundPoint IP 550, 330 and 320 all support IEEE 1329 Type 1 full- duplex audio to allow for natural conversation even in double-talk situations. This is the same advanced technology used in the award-winning Polycom conference phones and provides best-in-class performance.

"People are so accustomed to the quality of phone calls today that the value of HD Voice may not be immediately clear ... until you hear it," said John Guillaume, senior vice president of sales and marketing at New Global Telecom. "After rigorous testing and side-by-side comparisons in our lab, it became evident that HD Voice quality and clarity surpasses that of legacy systems and can dramatically improve user experience. In fact, with Polycom HD Voice, we can now demonstrate that VoIP quality is substantially higher than traditional networks."

The new phones will be supported by most Polycom IP PBX and softswitch partners.

Pricing and Availability

The Polycom SoundPoint IP 550 is now available worldwide (available in China, Korea, and Brazil in Q2) through Polycom certified channel partners for a MSRP of US$369. The Polycom SoundPoint IP 330 and 320 phones will be available for order worldwide in April (available in China, Korea, and Brazil in Q3) through Polycom certified channel partners for a MSRP of US$179 and $139, respectively.

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 website at http://www.polycom.com/

Source: Polycom, Inc.

CONTACT:

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

Web site: http://www.polycom.com/

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