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Johanne Torres[September 23, 2004]

Xten and Plantronics Release Headsets


Provider of VoIP and Video over IP SIP softphones, Xten ( news alert - quote) announced its deployment of new headsets for personal computer communications via VoIP. The company is teaming up with Plantronics, a provider of PC headsets to offer enhanced Voice over IP (VoIP) ( define - news - alert - tutorial) solutions. Both companies will feature links on their respective Web sites.

"Xten softphones represent some of the best technology in IP telephony today," stated Joe McGrogan, product marketing manager for Plantronics. "Combining our headsets and Xten's softphones offers consumers, road-warriors and enterprise users excellent sound quality, comfort and convenience for IP-based communications."

"We are excited to work with Plantronics to pursue a host of opportunities, anywhere users need access to high-end video and voice over IP solutions," said Erik Lagerway, president and chief operating officer of Xten Networks, Inc.

Xten's softphones are carrier-grade IP telephony SIP endpoints. The company offers a feature-rich free SIP softphone dubbed X-Lite, in addition to the X-PRO commercial softphone. Xten's softphones are fully RFC3261 (SIP), RTP/RTCP (RFC 1889) and SDP (RFC 3264) compliant. They are available for Windows (Windows 98SE/ME/NT 4/2000/XP/CE), Mac OS X and Pocket PC operating systems. Xten deploys video and voice over IP softphones based upon the SIP standard, while delivering a suite of products which integrate with and interoperate with some of the largest IP telephony networks in the world.

This new marketing partnership follows Xten’s release of eyebeam—a video SIP softphone, which supports open standards video using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and the H.263 video codec, which supports TV quality video transmissions.

Santa Cruz, CA-headquartered Plantronics, Inc. ( news alert - quote) has been designing and producing lightweight headsets since 1962. The company’s products are currently being used by fortune 500 corporations. Plantronics offers mobile headsets to address the cordless and mobile phone market, next-generation computer audio headset products for computer applications, and corded and cordless headsets and systems for the office, small office/home office and contact centers. Plantronics also has offices in 19 countries, including Mexico, England and The Netherlands.

Plantronics recently joined Viper Networks, Inc. to market a new line of VoIP products that will feature co-branded headsets from the headset designer.

Xten Networks, Inc.


Plantronics, Inc.


Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

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