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8x8, Inc. Partners With Aastra Telecom to Introduce Plug-and-Play IP Phones for Packet8 Business Phone Services

Jul 16, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of Packet8 (http://www.packet8.net) business, mobile and residential communication services, today announced the launch of a new line of broadband agnostic, plug-and-play IP phones designed to enhance the features and functionality of Packet8 business phone services.

Developed in conjunction with Aastra Telecom, a global provider of enterprise communication products, systems and solutions, the Packet8 675xi series of IP phones incorporates 8x8's advanced NAT traversal technologies to facilitate the same network-independent operational advantages Packet8 business customers currently enjoy with the existing Virtual Office business class phones and terminal adaptors. These include the ability to simply plug the phone into any public or private Internet connection and immediately make or receive calls without performing any network configuration or firewall manipulation. The Packet8 675xi IP phones also deliver enhanced equipment and service features including corporate directory display and lookup, intercom paging, shared line appearance and Power over Ethernet capability.

"We are pleased to be working with one of the most innovative telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the industry to bring this next generation of Packet8 business phones to market," said 8x8 Vice President of Sales & Marketing Huw Rees. "Small, cost conscious organizations that are migrating to IP telephony, particularly those that operate in multiple locations with different network configurations, will value the ease of use, sleek appearance, superior quality and geographic flexibility the Packet8/Aastra solution delivers. The addition of the Aastra phones to Packet8 Virtual Office will significantly enhance the end user experience and enable us to compete for even the most discriminating customer."

"Both 8x8 and Aastra pride themselves on their leading edge engineering expertise," said John Drolet, Vice President of Sales for Aastra Telecom. "We are very pleased to be working with 8x8, an established leader in the hosted iPBX space, and look forward to developing innovative, user friendly products and services with them in the future. An example of this partnership in action is the work we did together incorporating the 8x8 Network Address Traversal (NAT) code into our phones and interoperating this functionality with the 8x8 Virtual Office network. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship moving forward."

The Packet8 675xi IP phone series consists of three models -- the 6753i entry level phone, 6755i intermediate phone and 6757i CT advanced phone -- each of which offers full duplex speakerphone functionality, programmable softkey appearances, LCD display screens, embedded XML browsers and up to nine call appearance lines. All models support "Power over Ethernet," eliminating the need for a separate power supply for the phone, and come equipped with dual auto-sensing switched Ethernet ports to eliminate additional wiring for a computer and simplify installations. Additional features enabled by the Packet8 675xi series include intercom paging and direct dial from a searchable corporate directory. Prices for the Packet8 675xi series range from $129.99 for the 6753i to $349.99 for the high end 6757i CT model which includes a DECT cordless phone as part of the bundled offer. The 6757i CT model's built in DECT antenna allows the user to roam up to a 300 foot radius from the 6757i CT base telephone.

To learn more about the Packet8 675xi IP phones or purchase them online, visit http://www.packet8.net/equipment/business/ip_phones.aspx.

About 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT) offers voice and video Internet-based telephony services for business and residential customers. Marketed under the Packet8® brand name, these hosted communications solutions enhance the value and functionality of existing broadband Internet connections by delivering advanced features and digital quality phone service at a fraction of the cost of legacy, copper wire alternatives.

The Packet8 Virtual Office® service, currently in use by over 12,000 companies, eliminates the need for traditional business phone systems by delivering all telephony services over managed or unmanaged Internet connections. This affordable, easy-to-use alternative to traditional PBX systems or Centrex class services allows high-speed Internet users anywhere in the world to be part of a virtual PBX that includes automated attendants, conference bridges, extension-to-extension dialing and ring groups, in addition to a rich variety of other business class features normally found on dedicated PBX equipment. 8x8's Packet8 Virtual Trunking services deliver a broadband agnostic IP trunking solution that allows businesses to benefit from the flexibility and cost efficiencies of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), while retaining their existing phones and phone system hardware and optimizing the use of their existing connectivity to the Internet.

8x8 also offers residential, video and mobile digital phone services. For additional company information, visit 8x8's web site at http://www.8x8.com. For information about Packet8 products and services, visit http://www.packet8.net.

About Aastra

Aastra Telecom is a North American business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited ("Aastra"), a rapidly growing global company at the forefront of the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops, markets, and supports a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, and applications for building and accessing communication networks. Aastra's products include a full range of both open-standard Internet Protocol (IP)-based and traditional networking solutions including; Enterprise Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs), IP-PBX's, gateways, digital and analog telephone terminals, VoIP telephones, wireless handsets, and advanced software applications. For more information on Aastra, please visit our Web site at http://www.aastratelecom.com .

SOURCE 8x8, Inc.
07/16/2008
/CONTACT: Joan Citelli of 8x8, Inc., +1-408-687-4320, jcitelli@8x8.com/
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