Uniden and 8x8 Introduce New Generation of Co-Branded VoIP Products
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Uniden America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wireless consumer electronics, and 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, today announced the extension of their strategic partnership and introduced a new co-branded VoIP product. The Packet8-enabled UIP165P is a 5.8GHz DSS cordless, service-ready whole house VoIP phone system and on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 5 - 8, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Uniden booth # 12044 in the Central Hall.
Expandable up to 10 handsets, the Uniden UIP165P (MSRP: $129.99) system is capable of deploying VoIP telephony throughout the home. The phone system, which includes a base station, as well as an extra caller ID handset with a charger, offers full router functionality. The UIP165P features a keypad and speakerphone at the base, handset speakerphone and the ability to transfer calls between handsets. This new product also offers 20 distinctive ringer options, caller ID, call waiting, handset paging and a new message waiting indicator with an alert tone option.
Packet8 Internet Phone Service offers unlimited residential calling in the U.S. and Canada for $19.99 per month along with calling features such as unlimited worldwide in-network calling, voicemail, E911, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way conferencing, area code selection, directory assistance, Local Number Porting, online account management & billing, phone-based management and Virtual Phone Numbers. Additionally, 8x8 offers a thirty(30) day trial period to new subscribers for their first Packet8 account.
The UIP165P is the second co-branded VoIP product delivered by Uniden and 8x8. Announced in April 2005, the Uniden UIP1868P is available to consumers at retailers nationwide, including CompUSA, Fry's, OfficeMax, Costco.com and Amazon.com.
"Uniden is proud to extend its relationship with 8x8 and deliver the latest advancements in VoIP telephony to consumers," said Rich Tosi, president of Uniden America Corporation. "The ease-of-use of the UIP165P allows consumers to adopt VoIP and make a seamless transition to this new industry standard."
"8x8 is proud to partner with Uniden, once again, to offer a cutting-edge VoIP solution to consumers," said Huw Rees, Vice President of Marketing and Sales of 8x8. "With the UIP 165P, VoIP subscribers can feel confident they are receiving the best quality equipment combined with the most advanced and reliable Internet phone service in the industry."
The UIP165P is also compatible with Uniden accessory handsets including the TCX805 (MSRP: $69.99), TCX400 (MSRP: $99.99), TCX450 (MSRP: $XX), TCX905 (MSRP: $XX) and the ELX500 (MSRP: $99.99). All of these accessory handsets offer handset speakerphones and feature DirectLink(TM) two-way radio communication. The ELX500 features full color LCD displays.
Uniden America Corporation, the North American subsidiary of Japan-based Uniden Corporation, manufactures and markets wireless consumer electronic products including cordless telephones, business telecommunications systems, networking and data products, Bearcat® scanners, FRS/GMRS radios, marine radios and other wireless personal communications products. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Uniden sells its products through dealers and distributors throughout North, Central and South America. For more information on Uniden's IP products, please contact Brett Morrison at email@example.com.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service provider 8x8, Inc. offers internet-based telephony solutions (www.packet8.net) for individual residential and business users as well as small to medium sized business organizations. In addition to regular Packet8 VoIP service plans, priced as low as $19.99 per month for unlimited anytime calling to the U.S. and Canada, 8x8 offers the Packet8 DV 326 VideoPhone, the industry's first stand alone broadband consumer videophone. Packet8 Virtual Office, 8x8's VoIP system for small to medium sized businesses, is a hosted PBX solution comprised of powerful business class features. For additional company information, visit 8x8's web site at www.8x8.com.