Plantronics made a surprise announcement to distributors today that we are happy to share. For no additional cost, the portable work-anywhere W440 wireless headset for softphones will soon come with a battery that has an on/off switch. The new battery lets you turn your headset off when it’s not in use to save battery life.
8/4/15 update: Plantronics will be discontinuing the original battery, and the new battery with on/off switch (PL-204755-01) will be replacing it Fall 2015.
W400 series Wireless Headsets are Designed for Portability
You can work anywhere with Savi W400, as long as you are using a softphone. W400 series do not connect to land line desk phones (like W700 series) – they communicate with a USB adapter (pictured below) for PC softphones. When you leave the current battery (that has no on/off switch) attached to the headset while traveling it is always searching for the base, and wasting battery life. For road warriors the on/off switch on the new battery will save a lot of communication hassles caused from a dead headset. You can also accomplish the same thing by simply removing the battery from the headset when you travel.
Manufacturer part numbers for Savi 440/445/740/745 are Changing
Plantronics part numbers for W440 wireless headsets will change to denote the new battery, but BTP model numbers will remain the same: PL-W440, PL-W445, PL-W440-M, PL-W445-M, PL-W740, PL-W740-M, W745-M, W745 and W745-M. We expect to receive our first shipment of W440s with the new battery included next week.
New Battery is Compatible with Savi W700 Series Headsets Too
8/4/15 update: the new battery will be available as an accessory for Savi W740/745, and in the Fall of 2015 it will be included with W740/745. The part number for the new battery with on/off switch is PL-204755-01 and it is $39.95, a $5 increase over the current battery (PL-84598-01).