Skype Journal

Unbound Spiral: Skype & Plantronics Connect

March 18, 2004 10:03 AM

Skype and Plantronics Note my blod below re mobility and the Enterprise space.

Global Headset and Peer-To-Peer Telephony Leaders Sign Worldwide Agreement

HANOVER, Germany, CeBIT, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Plantronics,
Inc. (NYSE: PLT), the world leader in communications headsets, and Skype
Technologies S.A., the global P2P (peer-to-peer) telephony company, today
announced a worldwide strategic partnership to provide voice communications
solutions for users of Skype's online telephony services.......

Plantronics
brings a large portfolio of advanced voice technologies to the partnership, so
Skype users can get the best audio performance from leading edge P2P
technology. Plantronics' DSP and .Audio lines of PC headsets, for example, are
ideal for Internet telephony and Voice over IP applications. With its suite of
Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics also offers a new dimension of unmatched
mobility for any IP access device, such as a PC, PDA or mobile phone that
could potentially host converged mobile Skype services
.
"PC-based VoIP is really just the beginning for Skype, and the partnership
with Plantronics is a big step towards the next level," said Jon Arnold, VoIP
Program Leader for marketing consultancy Frost & Sullivan. "Skype has quickly
built a critical mass of users globally around its peer-to-peer free model.
Plantronics brings a global distribution channel, a broad offering of mobile
communication solutions and the ability to enhance audio quality that will
help Skype reach a broader audience. Perhaps more importantly, their headsets
enable mobility, dramatically enhancing Skype's appeal, especially in the
enterprise space,"
Arnold adds.
Silicon Valley Biz Ink


From Mercury News:

Plantronics plans to put Skype's name on the headsets it sells at 40,000 international retail stores. Eventually the company will offer promotions, such as two months of free premium Skype services. Skype plans to sell for a fee such features as voice mail or the ability to connect to local phone lines.

Zennstrom said premium services are just one way Skype can make money. The company also licenses its software, which will be built into future generations of Plantronics headsets and Siemens cordless phones sold in Europe. And Skype is in negotiations with high-speed Internet providers that want to provide phone service.
Mercury News: