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Bang & Olufsen Debuts DECT 6.0 Phone

10/23/2009 01:39:11 PM Eastern

Arlington Heights, Ill. - Bang & Olufsen
is bringing some high-end gloss to the home phone category with its BeoCom 5
DECT 6.0 home phone system.

Bang & Olufsen's BeoCom 5The two-line BeoCom 5 supports
both landline and IP telephony and can expand out up to eight handsets.

The jet-black glossy phone
features a 2-inch LCD display with 176 by 220 pixel resolution, nine display
colors and eight ringtones. Menu browsing is done via an aluminum navigation
wheel with four push points at the edge and a selection button in the middle
which activates the most frequently used functions.

The phone boasts some unique
visual effects. In standby mode, the phone's surface appears uniformly black
and glasslike, but when the BeoCom 5 is placed in the charger, a dimmed digital
clock illuminates. The clock adds an alternate visual mode in which the minute
and the hour hands are replaced by circles which move like planets orbiting
each other. And when the handset is picked up, the backlight in the display and
keypad activate revealing a customizable color theme for each individual
handset.

The dedicated two-line Beoline
2 base includes a speaker phone, magnetic cradle and a charger with table or
wall placement options. The base can be detached from the power supply and
taken from room to room, which B&O suggested was ideal for conference calling
in small or home offices. Up to 400 contacts can be stored in the phonebook
when the BeoCom 5 is used with the BeoLine 2.

"We're happy to introduce
BeoCom 5 to our telephone portfolio," sais Zean Nielsen, president of Bang & Olufsen America. "Our dealers and
customers have been seeking a phone like this for some time now, and the
pre-order list for it is already quite impressive."

BeoCom 5 will be available in
all Bang & Olufsen showrooms
mid-November. Suggested retail is $785 for handset, speaker charger and BeoLine
2.