New Wireless Bluetooth Headset From Actiontec Permits Hands-Free Talking on Cellphones Without Cables Offers 30-Foot Range & 4.5 Hours of Talk Time; Also Works with PCs and PDAs



    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Actiontec Electronics today
 introduced a Wireless Bluetooth Headset that enables users to have hands-free
 conversations over Bluetooth-enabled cellphones, PCs and PDAs without fussing
 with cables.  Roughly the size and shape of a thumb, the $69.95 accessory
 delivers a clear wireless signal from the cellphone or computing device at a
 range of 30 feet, up to 4.5 hours of talk time, and approximately 100 hours of
 standby time -- all in a comfortable-to-wear package that weighs less than an
 ounce, including the battery.
     "Cordless headsets are among the first tangible benefits of Bluetooth
 short-range wireless networking technology because of the convenience and
 greater safety of not having to fumble with wires while having a hands-free
 cellphone conversation in the car," said Dean Chang, Actiontec President and
 CEO.  "With its strong performance, easy operation, wearing comfort and
 affordability, Actiontec's headset enables consumers to take full advantage of
 the opportunity to both talk and drive safely."
     The Actiontec product hooks over either ear and operates with just two
 buttons that can be used to answer, redial, hang up with just one or two
 clicks, or adjust the volume quickly and easily.  Cellphone users can also
 place voice-activated calls over the headset, eliminating the need for manual
 dialing, if voice activation technology is supported by the phone manufacturer
 and service provider.
     The headset can be used for hands-free, wire-free cellphone conversations
 while driving or on the run, as well as for making Internet phone calls or
 using instant message voice chat functions over a Bluetooth-enabled handheld,
 laptop or desktop computer.
     Sound-absorbent padding minimizes outside noise for clear voice reception,
 and a detachable ear hook permits easy adjustment for the left or right ear.
 The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery can be recharged simply by
 plugging into a power charger with the power cord included in the package.
 Recharging takes just 4 hours the first time and 2 hours there after.
 
     Specifications and Availability
     The Actiontec Wireless Bluetooth Headset is available now for $69.95
 (MSRP) at certain retail stores and at www.actiontec.com.  It ships with an
 accessory bag, a lanyard for carrying the headset around the neck, a power
 cord for recharging, a user manual on CD, and a quick start guide.
     The product is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices set to Class
 II ISM (2.4 to 2.48 GHz) with an operating range of 10 meters, including Nokia
 cellphones.  Support of Audio Gateway Profiles is required for operation with
 Bluetooth-enabled handheld, laptop and desktop computers.
 
     About Actiontec
     Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is a leading supplier of analog and broadband
 devices designed to facilitate or leverage Internet access.  The company's
 complete line of DSL, router, wireless LAN, Internet telephony, and analog
 products includes the industry's first call waiting modems, home DSL modems
 and wireless home gateways. Actiontec products have been recognized with a
 Best of Show award at Retail Xchange, Editors Choice awards from CNET's
 computers.com and homePCnetwork.com, and Top 100 Products of the Year from
 Computer Shopper.  Actiontec products are available through national
 distribution, retail outlets, and Actiontec's online store as well as through
 private label and Tier 1 OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in
 Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs,
 CO; Reading, United Kingdom; China and Taiwan.  For more information, phone
 408-752-7700, fax 408-541-9003, or visit http://www.actiontec.com .
 
      COMPANY CONTACT:
      Lesley Kirchman
      Director of Marketing
      408-752-7700
 
 

SOURCE Actiontec Electronics, Inc.

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