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8x8, Inc. Introduces Packet8 Tango Video Terminal Adapter

Jan 08, 2007
LAS VEGAS, 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - - 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of Packet8 (http://www.packet8.net) broadband Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and videophone communication services, today introduced its next generation consumer videophone solution, a one-of-a- kind broadband phone adapter with a built-in LCD screen that turns any regular home phone into a state-of-the-art, full motion videophone.

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The Packet8 Tango® Video Terminal Adapter (VTA) takes the concept of traditional analog terminal adapters (ATAs) one step further with the addition of advanced H.264 video, allowing for significantly better video quality compared to H.263 at the same bandwidth. The Packet8 Tango is fully SIP compliant and interoperates with 8x8's previous generation videophone, the Packet8 DV326 as well as its video soft phone, Packet8 Softalk. This sleek-looking 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1.38" free standing device incorporates a built-in, high resolution 5" LCD color display and 180 degree rotating CCD camera to deliver advanced full-motion video at up to 30 frames per second along with crisp, delay-free audio.

"8x8 has pioneered a new product category and added greater functionality to traditional broadband phone adapters with the launch of the Packet8 Tango Video Terminal Adapter," said 8x8 Chairman and CEO Bryan R. Martin. "The Packet8 Tango allows high speed Internet users to plug a standard corded or cordless home telephone into the back of the device and initiate a crystal clear video call to any other Packet8 videophone subscriber, be it a new Tango user, a Packet8 Softalk subscriber or an existing DV326 VideoPhone owner. It is our hope that this sophisticated, sleek-looking new product will escalate consumer interest in videoconferencing while delivering the same flexibility, utility and value inherent in all Packet8 residential and business VoIP offerings."

Key features of the Packet8 Tango include:

* Icon-based Graphic User Interface
* Three-way videoconferencing
* Interoperability with other Packet8 videophone services, including
Softalk Basic, Premium and Office softphone
* Built-in router and USB port
* 180 degree rotating CCD camera (250K pixels)
* 5-inch Color TFT-LCD display
* Support CIF (960 x 234 pixels) and QVGA
* External RJ11 FXS port
* Two Ethernet interfaces (1 WAN; 1 LAN)
* 100 number phone book
* 300 number call log
* Caller ID display
* Status icons
* LED indicators (Service, Power, Message & E911 alert)
* Navigation keys (Up, Down, Left, Right, Menu)
* Hot keys (Phonebook, Network Status, Configuration, Settings
* Remote Update Firmware
* Remote surveillance mode

The Packet8 Tango weighs just two lbs. and folds completely flat. A soft neoprene carrying case is also included to further facilitate portability. The device is initially available in removable pearl white and graphite faceplates, though additional faceplate colors are planned for availability in the near future.

The Packet8 Tango will be available during the first quarter of 2007 at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $249.99. The accompanying Packet8 monthly service plan costs $19.99 per month and includes unlimited local and long distance voice calling to any phone in the U.S. and Canada, unlimited worldwide in-network voice and video calling to other Packet8 subscribers and all Packet8 advanced residential calling features.

About 8x8, Inc.
VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service provider 8x8, Inc. offers internet-based telephony solutions (http://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 Tango Video Terminal Adapter and DV 326 VideoPhone along with accompanying monthly service plans also priced at $19.99 per month. Packet8 Virtual Office, 8x8's VoIP phone system for small to medium sized businesses, is a hosted PBX solution comprised of powerful business class features. Companies subscribing to Virtual Office pay just $39.99 per month per extension for enterprise class PBX functionality along with unlimited local and long distance calling in the U.S. and Canada. Packet8 Softalk, 8x8's PC-based soft phone client, offers high quality voice and video in- network calling as well as outbound calling to the PSTN. For additional company information, visit 8x8's web site at http://www.8x8.com.

NOTE: 8x8, the 8x8 logo, Packet8, the Packet8 logo, Packet8 Virtual Office, Packet8 Softalk and Packet8 Tango are trademarks of 8x8, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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