Linksys Announces iPhone Family
||iPhone family of VOIP solutions
Of Voice Over IP Solutions
IRVINE, Calif. - December 18, 2006 - Linksys, a division of Cisco
Systems, unveiled its iPhone family of voice over IP (VoIP) solutions.
The iPhone family of handheld devices harnesses the power of the Internet
to enhance voice communications, integrate compelling information
services, and deliver access to multimedia. In short, Linksys iPhones
voice solutions and products give consumers the ability to do more
with their phone than talk.
"As the next generation of handheld devices, Linksys iPhone voice
solutions and products are changing the way people communicate with
their friends, family and colleagues. They enable compelling internet
services, allow consumers to know when their contacts are available
for calls, and offer access to personal content like music, movies
and live video cameras." said Mike Pocock, Linksys senior vice
president and general manager. "The development of the iPhone
family demonstrates our flexibility in selecting the right partnerships,
feature sets, and product designs to exceed the demands of even our
most connected customers to whom the Internet is no longer a destination,
but an inextricable part of their lives."
Since the summer of 2004, Linksys has shipped more than 3 million
VoIP products worldwide, including seven phones in its iPhone product
line - all immediately available in the United States:
iPhone Cordless Internet Telephony Kit - CIT200
iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit - CIT300
iPhone Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice -
New! - iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype - CIT400
iPhone Wireless-G IP Phone - WIP300
iPhone Wireless-G IP Phone with Web Browser - WIP330
New! - iPhone Wireless-G Phone for Skype - WIP320
Voice applications are at the core of the iPhone family. However,
with iPhone handheld devices, consumers can do more than just dial
a phone number and wait to see if someone answers on the other end.
Products in the iPhone product line integrate popular communication
clients, like Skype and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice, to help enable
real-time presence features that can allow consumers to see when their
friends and family are online and ready to receive a call. With products
in the iPhone family, callers can toggle between the free VoIP calling
options available from Skype or Yahoo! and traditional landline service
with the click of a button.
As the first product to couple Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and access
to Internet services like Yahoo! Local Search and weather forecasts,
the Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (CIT310)
has given consumers access to information in a convenient and timely
manner. They no longer have to pick up a printed phone book, or go
to their computer to find a phone number. By programming the phone
with a local zip code, people can search for local business information
directly from their phone and then effortlessly place a call to the
business with one click. In addition, a weather search setting permits
quick access local weather forecast.
"Providing consumers the ability to use Yahoo! services to search
for local businesses, check weather and have full access to their
Yahoo! Messenger Contact List on the Linksys dual-mode iPhone was
an important step as the convergence between Web services and handsets
continues to advance," said Jeff Bonforte, senior director of
Real Time Communications, Yahoo!, Inc.
The iPhone product family also includes products like the Wireless-G
IP Phone (WIP330) that integrate the popular standards-based SIP VoIP
protocol. Consumers can use the WIP330 to access music, photos, and
streaming video from sources on the Internet so they can combine the
product with wireless video cameras like the Linksys Wireless-G Compact
Video Camera (WVC54GC), to create a real-time home monitoring solution.
Freedom from the PC
Launching today, the latest iPhones products help free consumers from
the requirement of an always-on PC to make calls over the Internet.
The iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype (CIT400) embeds
the popular communications client into a cordless phone base station
that is attached directly to the home network via Ethernet, making
it easy to place calls to other Skype users, mobile phones, or landlines
without turning on a computer. The iPhone Wireless-G Phone for Skype
(WIP320) makes Skype portable by integrating it into a Wireless-G
handset, allowing consumers to place calls from anywhere they can
connect to a wireless access point.
Both new iPhones products allow free or inexpensive voice calls in
addition to real-time contact list access and presence information
that lets the user know if the intended call recipient is available.
The new phones also support popular Skype calling services, such as
SkypeOut, SkypeIn, and Skype Voicemail.
"Each generation of phone offerings from Linksys has offered
Skype users increased flexibility in how they make calls," said
Gareth O'Loughlin, director of hardware product management for Skype.
"We're thrilled to work with Linksys and give users even more
options to use Skype off the PC - whether at home, at work or on the
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