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Keep in Touch and Stay In Tune with Plantronics New Stereo BackBeat Headphones with Mic


Wireless and Corded Headphones with Mic Let Users Easily Switch Between Music and Calls On iPhones and Smartphones with Android Operating Systems for Simple Communications

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Today Plantronics® (NYSE: PLT) announced the three newest members of its BackBeat® family of stereo headphones with mic optimized for smartphones with multimedia capabilities. Ideal for iPhone® and Android® users, the new BackBeat 903+, BackBeat 216 and BackBeat 116 headphones with mic deliver high-quality audio performance and easy switching between music and calls.

Work Out with Wireless Music and Calls

The Plantronics BackBeat 903+, an update to the popular BackBeat 903, is a stereo Bluetooth® headphone with mic designed for users with active lifestyles. It provides rich wireless stereo music and the ability to answer/end a call with a single touch of a button. The BackBeat 903+ features new ruggedized and sweat resistant-materials, and a flexible design with three levels of earpiece adjustment for a secure and comfortable fit during long workouts.

For iPhone users, the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ displays an on-screen battery meter on the iPhone for easily monitoring the headphone’s battery level. It also includes convenient voice alerts for remaining talk-time, track-control, low-battery, mute and connection status.

The BackBeat 903+ features dual mics and Plantronics’ proprietary AudioIQ2 digital signal processing (DSP) for clear calls, even in noisy environments. Like its predecessor, the BackBeat 903+ includes OpenMic™ technology that allows users to instantly hear their surroundings without removing the headphones, providing greater convenience and safety while exercising.

Upgraded Audio Experiences

The Plantronics BackBeat 216 is a certified headphone with mic for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. It enables users to get the most from their compatible devices by offering bold, rich audio for music, calls and multimedia applications. These corded stereo headphones with mic provide plug-and-play simplicity and feature noise-isolating ear buds with neodymium micro-speakers that boost bass levels and deliver well-balanced high and mid ranges for an overall great audio experience. The BackBeat 216 also features a discreet inline controller with built-in mic for convenient calling plus volume and music track control.

The new BackBeat 116 features the popular earbud form factor with a simpler in-line controller and built-in mic. The standard 3.5mm stereo connector and interface makes it compatible not only with the iPhone, iPod and iPad, but also most Android-based phones, Blackberry® smartphones and other music phones. The BackBeat 116 will be offered in stylish colors such as Glow Green and Electric Blue. For extra user convenience, both the 216 and 166 products come with tangle-free cloth cords.

“Today, most consumers use their smartphones to listen to music, play games and watch videos, and they are looking for audio solutions that will optimize these applications for truly immersive experiences,” said Ed Benforado, category director, Plantronics. “These new BackBeat headphones with mic deliver just that in tandem with outstanding audio quality at great prices.”

Pricing and Availability

The BackBeat 903+ and BackBeat 216 will be available in October, retailing for $99.99 and $49.99 respectively. The BackBeat 116 (Glow Green) will be available in October, retailing for $29.99. The Electric Blue version will be sold exclusively at Best Buy through the holiday season. The BackBeat family of products will be available in Europe, Asia and other countries in late fall. All of the products will also be available at

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 or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, BackBeat and OpenMic are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. The Blackberry trademark is the property of Research in Motion Limited and is registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc.


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