ClearOne Announces Chat 150 for Cisco Telephones: Latest Chat(TM) 150 Model Transforms Cisco(R) Telephones Into High-Performance Conference Phones

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ClearOne (OTC:CLRO.OB), the global provider of audio conferencing products, today announced availability of the Chat(TM) 150 for Cisco(R) enterprise telephones, the latest addition to the Chat 150 family of speaker phone peripherals.

We see a tremendous opportunity in the telephony market with the Chat 150

    The Chat 150 for Cisco telephones gives users the unique ability to add a high-quality, full-duplex speaker phone to their Cisco handsets, and still utilize the full functionality built into the handsets, including access to company directory, voicemail, audio bridge functions, call transfer, etc. Users initiate these functions and dial calls with the keypad of the Cisco phone, but the audio is delivered through the high-performance Chat 150. The product has been tested with Cisco 7940, 7960, and 7970 phone models.

The Chat 150 connects directly to the headset port of the Cisco phone, eliminating the need to pull additional phone lines into the room, which simplifies installation. Users still have the option to connect a headset, and can easily switch between headset mode and speaker phone mode.

After connecting the Chat 150, users simply press the headset button on the Cisco phone when they wish to make a speaker phone call, and dial the number on their telephone keypad. Audio is routed to the Chat 150, which enables high-quality, hands-free individual or group conversations.

Designed with ClearOne's state-of-the-art audio technology that delivers unrivaled echo and noise cancellation, full-duplex performance and advanced automatic level management, the Chat 150 features three microphones for a full 360-degree audio pickup, making it perfect for small groups and individuals in executive office or conference room settings.

"We see a tremendous opportunity in the telephony market with the Chat 150," said Steven Andresen, vice president of worldwide sales at ClearOne. "There is simply no comparable product on the market today that transforms a handset into a high-performance conference phone. The Chat 150 provides the perfect complement to Cisco VoIP deployments for any rooms that require a handset plus hands-free audio conferencing. It is extremely simple to install, yet provides rich, impressive audio that instantly and dramatically improves the clarity of conversations, resulting in more productive business collaboration."

The Chat 150 for Cisco telephones also features a USB port, which enables connectivity to PCs for use with any VoIP application such as softphones and web-based video conferencing clients.

Additional Chat 150 models currently available include:

-- Chat 150 for Avaya telephones - enables the same functionality as the Cisco version; works with Avaya 2410, 2420, 4610, and 4621 phone models.

-- Chat 150 USB - enables computer-based audio collaboration with all VoIP applications, including softphones, web-based video conferencing, and IM with chat.

-- Chat 150 VC - connects to video conferencing systems for vastly improved, superior audio quality compared to the built-in speaker and microphone.

Any version of the Chat 150 can be upgraded with the Avaya, Cisco, and VC accessory kits, which are available separately.

The Chat 150 for Cisco telephones is available as of April 16, 2007, at leading telephony channel dealers and online direct marketing resellers in the U.S., and also in many international markets. Click on for additional details on where to buy this product.


ClearOne is a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing systems and related products for audio, video and web conferencing applications. The reliability, flexibility and performance of ClearOne's comprehensive solutions create a natural communications environment that saves organizations time and money by enabling more effective and efficient communication.

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