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Packet8 Tango Lets Hospitalized Children Enjoy 'Videophone Visits with Santa' This Holiday Season

Dec 12, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of Packet8 ( broadband Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), videophone and mobile VoIP communication services, today announced it is once again continuing its holiday season tradition of providing pediatric patients in children's hospitals throughout the U.S. with opportunities to have live videophone visits with Santa Claus at the North Pole.

Now in its 4th year, the "Videophone Visits with Santa" program enables children who are hospital bound to see and chat with Santa over the Packet8 Tango® videophone service at his "North Pole" workshop at 8x8's Santa Clara, California headquarters. The visits take place from either the child's hospital room or a centralized patient lounge area and are followed by the special delivery of requested toys and gifts.

Children's hospitals participating in the program this year include:

    -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Cincinnati, OH

    -- Miami Children's Hospital - Miami, FL
    -- Johns Hopkins Children's Medical Center - Baltimore, MD
    -- Barbara Bush Children's Hospital - Portland, ME
    -- Schneider's Children's Hospital - Long Island, NY
    -- Shriner's Hospital for Children - Tampa, FL
    -- Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - Nashville, TN

    "With the Packet8 Tango videophone, our pediatric patients can still enjoy the holiday tradition of visiting with Santa even if they are confined to a bed," said Kitty O'Brien, Clinical Manager at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. "I wish more people had the privilege that I have of seeing the children's smiles, looks of amazement, and feelings of pride that occur both during and after their conversations with Santa. We are very grateful to 8x8 for providing yet another holiday season of joy for our patients and families at Cincinnati Children's."

    The Packet8 Tango Video Terminal Adapter (VTA) is 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. Tango 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. Using 8x8's Packet8 Internet phone service, Packet8 Tango videophone subscribers receive unlimited video calling worldwide to other Packet8 videophone subscribers and unlimited voice-only calling in the U.S., Canada and eight additional countries for just $24.99/month. The Packet8 Tango is so easy to use that anyone, especially the young at heart, will enjoy owning one.

    About 8x8, Inc.

    8x8, Inc., the second largest standalone VoIP service provider in the U.S, offers internet-based telephony solutions ( 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 $24.99 per month for unlimited anytime calling to the U.S., Canada and eight additional countries, 8x8 offers the Packet8 Tango Video Terminal Adapter along with accompanying monthly service plans also priced at $24.99 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 $49.99 per month per extension for enterprise class PBX functionality along with unlimited local and long distance calling in the U.S. and Canada. The Packet8 Complete Contact Center is a hosted multimedia call center distribution and management platform that works with any broadband Internet service and provides enterprise class contact center functionality combined with Virtual Office hosted iPBX calling features and business calling plans. Packet8 Softalk Office, 8x8's PC-based soft phone client, offers high quality voice and video in-network calling as well as outbound calling to the PSTN. Packet8 MobileTalk is a breakthrough mobile service that dramatically improves the overall mobile international calling experience by routing overseas mobile phone calls over the award-winning, patent-protected Packet8 digital VoIP network. For additional company information, visit 8x8's web site at

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