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ECO2 Forests Turns to 8x8 Virtual Office Hosted Communications Services to Support Global Sustainable Forestry Projects

Apr 06, 2010

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Apr 6, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- For a company like ECO2 Forests (Pink Sheets:ECOF) whose employees often find themselves in the middle of a jungle rather than an office building, conducting day to day business activities like meetings, conference calls and routine correspondence with the outside world seemed like an insurmountable challenge. Not so anymore, according to Founder and President Martin Tindall who recently selected 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT) to provide the company with hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) business phone service and other communications tools he and his colleagues can access from a variety of platforms, including their iPhone mobile handset.

A progressive international forestation company focused on sustainable reforestation, afforestation and avoided deforestation projects for the generation and sale of sustainable lumber (timber) and carbon credits to global markets, ECO2 Forests is in the midst of executing its Global Forestry Plan -- a managed approach to creating a network of Kiri Tree forests in various locations around the world. Tindall, who divides his time between corporate offices in Queensland, Australia and Sacramento, California, along with numerous other locations he's scouting for development at any given time, relies on his iPhone for email, web access and now, enterprise quality phone service that's connected to the company's 8x8 Virtual Office hosted PBX business phone solution.

"The communications capabilities available throughout our entire worldwide organization with the 8x8 Virtual Office Pro service are invaluable," says Tindall. "Previously, things were fragmented because the geographically dispersed nature of our business led to the use of disparate, regionally based services. But 8x8's solution brings everything together in one central web-based location. Not only are we connected under the same corporate phone system and communications portal, but now all of our employees with iPhones can use the features and calling capabilities of the Virtual Office phone service remotely and seamlessly."

8x8 Virtual Office Pro offers businesses like ECO2 Forests an integrated set of feature rich phone, fax, video web conferencing, call recording and other productivity enhancing communications tools accessible from any web browser. The Virtual Office Mobile application included in the Virtual Office Pro bundle lets iPhone and iPod Touch users place and receive calls over the 3G network or any Wi-Fi zone using their Virtual Office phone number and service, offering convenience and savings on both cellular monthly calling plans and international overseas calling.

"With 8x8, we're not only getting best in class service, support and accompanying cost-savings, we're also implementing a software-based solution that has little environmental impact due to the minimal hardware requirements and the use of video web conferencing as an alternative to face to face business meetings," said Tindall.

By the end of 2011, Tindall expects to have ten locations in the United States, Australia and several other foreign countries. And, he says, using 8x8 services will enable the company to quickly equip new employees with the vital communications tools his business has come to rely. At the same time, ECO2 Forests will be enjoying big savings on international calling with 8x8's low overseas per minute rates.

For additional information on 8x8 hosted business communications services, go to http://www.8x8.com/BusinessSolutions.aspx.

About 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT) leverages its patented software technologies to deliver high quality voice solutions and integrated messaging and video to businesses of any size with employees in any locations on a wide variety of business telephony, web and mobile platforms. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com.

About ECO2 Forests Inc.

ECO2 Forests (Pink Sheets:ECOF) is a progressive international forestation company focused on reforestation, afforestation and avoided deforestation projects for the generation and sale of sustainable lumber and carbon credits to the global markets.

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the Company has adopted an 'E4 Philosophy' to achieve positive Environmental, Economic, Employment and Educational outcomes through its projects. For more information please visit www.eco2forests.com.

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SOURCE: 8x8 Inc.; ECO2 Forests Inc.

CONTACT:  8x8, Inc.
Joan Citelli
(408) 654-0970
jcitelli@8x8.com
ECO2 Forests Inc.
United States and International
Abbi Whitaker
(775) 323 2977
Mobile: (775) 722 2254
abbi@abbipr.com
Australia
Andrew Laing
(+61) 420 971 030
andrew@eco2inc.com
www.eco2forests.com

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