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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Plantronics Simplifies Conference Calls With New Instant Meeting App for BlackBerry and Android Phones

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Dec 09, 2010 11:00 ET

One-Touch Conference Call Connections for Today's Mobile Workforce

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - December 9, 2010) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced the availability of InstantMeeting, a conference calling app for Android™ and BlackBerry® smart phones that enables mobile professionals to access conference calls from their devices with the push of a button.
Simplified Communications for the Distributed Workforce.

The notion of an office has transformed from four walls, a desk and a computer, to something much more fluid, mobile and familiar. No matter the location -- home office, airport or the sideline of a soccer game -- today's distributed workforce requires instant access to information from a host of devices, be it a smart phone, tablet computer or notebook. According to a recent international study from Plantronics, more than 90 percent of enterprise employees stated that they spend at least some time working outside of the office. No matter where these workers are, 83 percent are expected to be present in meetings either online or via conference calls "frequently" or "all the time."

The Plantronics InstantMeeting™ app eliminates the frustration and time lost when trying to dial-in to a conference call, a cumbersome process that requires entering a myriad of numbers, ID codes and passwords, and # and * signs. The mobile app allows today's mobile professional the most convenient way to dial into a conference call from their Android or BlackBerry phone. The app automatically syncs conference dial-in numbers from leading providers, requiring no advanced setup of access codes and calendars. With one touch the application removes the worry of having to remember a moderator ID number, eliminates the frustration of miss-dialing a conference line and joining a call five minutes late. If a user gets disconnected from a conference call (e.g., poor reception), they can reenter the meeting with one touch.

"In spite of the proliferation of communications tools such as IM, SMS and email, modern professionals spend an increasing amount of time in meetings, specifically conference calls. InstantMeeting enables quick, intuitive conference call access so mobile professionals can focus on the task at hand: communication and collaboration," said Gunjan Bhow, vice president and general manager of New Ventures at Plantronics. "Our ultimate goal is to enable people to communicate with one another naturally and with minimal barriers, regardless of the devices, platforms and tools being used. InstantMeeting saves time and frankly, a bit of sanity, so people can conduct business more efficiently and get on with the rest of their day."

Pricing and Availability
The Plantronics InstantMeeting app is available today in the Android Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and online at InstantMeeting. The trial version provides 20 free initiations to conference calls. Users who download the free trial app through http://www.plantronics.com/instantmeeting on December 9, 2010 will receive 1,000 free initiations to conference calls. A premium version of InstantMeeting is available in the Android Marketplace and BlackBerry App World for $2.99 with unlimited calls. Instant Meeting will be available for the Apple iPhone®, Microsoft® Office and Skype® and in early 2011.
For a demo of how the application works, please visit the http://www.plantronics.com/instantmeeting

About Plantronics
Plantronics is a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics delivers unparalleled audio experiences and quality that reflect our nearly 50 years of innovation and customer commitment. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100 and is the headset of choice for air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.
Plantronics and Plantronics InstantMeeting are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.
Contacts:
Karen Auby
Plantronics, Inc.
831-458-7814
karen.auby@plantronics.com

Michael Moeschler
Voce Communications for Plantronics, Inc.
408-738-8784
mmoeschler@vocecomm.com
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