SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Plantronics, Inc.
(NYSE: PLT) today introduced Calisto(TM) Pro Series, a revolutionary home
phone with a multi-function Bluetooth(R) headset that greatly simplifies
and enhances voice communications for home professionals. Leveraging more
than 40 years of communications and ergonomic expertise, Calisto Pro's
intuitive design and hands-free capabilities introduce an entirely new way
to manage landline, mobile and VoIP conversations.
"As traditional and new voice technologies converge in the home office,
home professionals can benefit from 'bridge' solutions that centralize and
simplify communications," said Merle Sandler, senior analyst, SMB and Home
Office Programs, IDC. "The vast majority of households have landline and
cell phones and VoIP adoption is growing, so a phone that can easily
orchestrate all three will resonate with the growing home professional
IDC estimates that there are currently approximately 37 million home
office households in the US.
Stay Connected Hands-Free, Anywhere
The Plantronics Calisto Pro features a compact landline handset and
multi-function Bluetooth headset nested in a clean, elegant charging base.
The headset enables home professionals to switch between landline, mobile
phone and VoIP calls at the touch of a button. No longer burdened with the
cumbersome task of cradling a phone between the neck and shoulder, users
can talk hands-free and accomplish simultaneous tasks that fill the work
day, from reaching for an important file to signing for a package at the
front door while on a long conference call.
The handset is built on digitally encrypted, voice-dedicated DECT(TM)
6.0 technology to provide exceptional audio clarity and performance that is
free from interference with other home devices, such as WiFi and
microwaves. It provides up to 300 feet of roaming range, a built-in
speakerphone and flip-up waist clip for on-the-go dialing and Caller ID
The headset combines a robust noise-canceling microphone and an
extended boom to greatly reduce background noise. The headset can be
connected to both the handset and a mobile phone to easily answer both
landline and mobile calls. Home professionals can also use the Calisto Pro
headset with their Bluetooth mobile phone while on the road, and it will
automatically reconnect with the home phone upon their return.
Internet Calls Made Easy
Perfect for home professionals who use Internet calling to save on
phone bills, Calisto Pro includes a USB port for PC connection. Skype(R)
and Yahoo!(R) Voice calls are transferred to the Calisto Pro headset at the
touch of a button, allowing home professionals to remotely answer and end
conversations from up to 300 feet away from the base station. The headset's
long boom is designed to enhance VoIP call quality by significantly
reducing the risk of echo.
Calisto Pro also enables professionals to easily transfer 200 Microsoft
Outlook(R) contacts, with up to three numbers each, into the handset,
ensuring that important business associates are easily accessible.
"Home professionals are trying to gain control of the constant juggling
of telephony devices and of business and personal responsibilities at
home," said Joyce Shimizu, vice president and general manager, Home and
Home Office at Plantronics. "With Calisto Pro, users are better able to
simplify their lives through intuitive, natural communications and
hands-free mobility -- and do so with the quality and performance that
professionals expect from Plantronics."
Pricing and Availability
Plantronics Calisto Pro has a MSRP of US $279.95 and will be available
online at Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and The Sharper Image in
September. It will also be available at The Sharper Image stores nationwide
in September and in select US Office Depot, Office Max and Staples stores
starting in October.
To learn more about Calisto Pro and view a video demo, please visit
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 http://www.plantronics.com or
call (800) 544-4660.
Altec Lansing, Calisto Pro, Clarity, Plantronics, Sound Innovation, and
Volume Logic are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Dan Race Lori Tokunaga
Plantronics, Inc. The Hoffman Agency
(831) 458-7005 (408) 975-3053
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