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8x8, Inc. Introduces Small Business Videoconferencing Solution for Packet8 Virtual Office Hosted iPBX Subscribers

Jan 08, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT), provider of Packet8 ( broadband Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), videophone and mobile VoIP communication services, today introduced the Packet8 Virtual Office Tango Video Terminal Adapter (VTA), a convenient and affordable desktop videoconferencing solution that enhances the functionality of the Packet8 Virtual Office hosted iPBX phone system, now in use by over 10,000 U.S. based small businesses.

In addition to unlimited local and long distance calling, enterprise class PBX features and on-demand hosted call center capabilities, Packet8 Virtual Office subscribers can now experience the valuable benefits of worldwide videoconferencing directly from their personal Virtual Office extension. These include a reduction in travel expenses and time spent out of the office, increased worker productivity, more efficient and effective meetings, better support for remote workers and the ability to maintain close day to day contact with important clients.

"Many of our Packet8 Virtual Office voice customers have at least one employee located in a remote location, so being able to videoconference with these employees by just dialing their regular extension is an easy and inexpensive way to boost office productivity," 8x8 Chairman & CEO Bryan R. Martin. "When dealing with external customers and clients, the advantages of inexpensive, high quality visual communications go even further for those businesses that simply cannot afford the time and expense involved in travelling or purchasing high end videoconferencing and telepresence solutions which require heavy support and expensive, dedicated bandwidth. With the Packet8 Virtual Office Tango video solution, these companies can now easily and affordably employ powerful desktop video communications right next to their business phone to enhance the quality and success of their day-to-day interactions with colleagues and customers."

The Packet8 Virtual Office Tango replaces the Broadband Phone Adapter (BPA) that normally connects to the Virtual Office business class speakerphone and a business' high speed Internet network. The portable 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1.38" free standing device uses a built-in, high resolution 5" LCD color screen 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. In addition to two or three way videoconferencing, the Packet8 Virtual Office Tango offers the following features:

     * Integration with Microsoft Outlook to allow users to import contact
       information and facilitate speed dialing and phonebook management
     * Integration with Virtual Office calling features through on-screen icon
       navigation and one-touch radio buttons
     * Compatibility with Packet8 Softalk (TM) Office
     * Built-in Router
     * Digital Picture Frame capable of displaying up to 16 images
     * Simple to Use Navigation
     * Quick & Easy Set up
     * Remote Surveillance Mode

The Packet8 Virtual Office Tango is available as a bundle (with the Virtual Office business class speakerphone) to new Virtual Office subscribers for $149.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) or as an add on device to existing Virtual Office subscribers for $99.99 (after $100 mail in rebate). There is no additional monthly service fee associated with Packet8 Virtual Office Tango videoconferencing -- Virtual Office subscribers receive this added service as part of their existing service plan. Additional information about Packet8 Virtual Office Tango can be found at

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, Packet8 Softalk, Packet8 Tango and Packet8 MobileTalk are trademarks of 8x8, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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