SANTA CLARA, Calif. June 15, 2004 —8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of the Packet8 family of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telephone services and consumer videophones, announced it has signed a Premiere Partner agreement with the Internet Superstore, Buy.com, focusing on its consumer broadband/VoIP telephone service plans.
As a Buy.com Premiere Partner, 8x8 will have the opportunity to showcase its Packet8 Internet telephone adapter and residential service plans on the Internet retailer’s popular website which draws more than 300,000 unique visitors per day.
“Clearly, the VoIP consumer telephony market is growing strong and is an arena we will increasingly be focused on,” said Scott Reedy, Vice President of Sales and Merchandising at Buy.com. “The Packet8 solution, with its reliability and ease of use, is a perfect fit for us.”
The Packet8 VoIP telephone service enables broadband Internet users to simultaneously make use of a digital telephone service that is easy to set up, easy to use, affordable and bundled with advanced features not available from traditional circuit-switched telephone services.
“As consumers become more aware of the benefits of VoIP, Internet retailers like Buy.com will play a prominent role in providing information, direction and value,” said 8x8 Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Huw Rees. “With its continually growing popularity and broad market coverage, Buy.com will undoubtedly be a tremendous resource for future VoIP telephony users.”
About 8x8, Inc.
8x8, Inc. offers the Packet8 voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service and Packet8 Virtual Office (www.packet8.net). For additional company information, visit 8x8's web site at www.8x8.com.
About Packet8 and Packet8 Virtual Office
Packet8 enables anyone with high-speed access to the Internet to sign up for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service at http://www.packet8.net. Customers can choose a direct-dial phone number from any of the more than 270 area codes offered by the service, and then use an 8x8-supplied terminal adapter to connect any telephone to a broadband Internet connection and make or receive calls from a regular telephone number. For $19.95/month, Packet8 subscribers can make unlimited calls to any telephone number in the United States and Canada, and unlimited calls to any other Packet8 subscriber anywhere in the world. Calls to non-Packet8 numbers outside the United States and Canada are charged at the additional per-minute rates available at http://www.packet8.net/about/international.asp. All Packet8 accounts come with voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call waiting caller ID, call forwarding, hold, line-alternate, 3-way conferencing, web access to account controls, and real-time online billing.
Packet8 Virtual Office allows business users anywhere in the world to be part of a virtual PBX that includes auto attendants, conference bridges, extension-to-extension dialing, ring groups and a host of other business class PBX features, while still enjoying unlimited phone calls anywhere in the United States and Canada and the same low, per-minute international rates available in Packet8’s residential plans. With Packet8 Virtual Office, each extension has its own direct dial telephone number which can be any telephone number on the Packet8 network, regardless of geographical location, and can make unlimited extension-to-extension calls anywhere in the world.
Buy.com®, The Internet Superstore™, offers its over 6 million customers more than 2 million products in a range of categories including computer hardware and software, electronics, cellular products and services, music, DVDs, books, toys and more. Individuals and businesses can shop quickly and easily at Buy.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Buy.com was named one of the Top 50 web sites in 2002 and 2003 by Internet Retailer, the top performing site on Gomez Inc.’s E-Holiday Shopping 2002 Index in the music, electronics and books category (December 2002), “Best Overall Place To Buy Mobile Devices” (January 2002), “Best E-Commerce Site” by PC World magazine (June 2001), “Best Overall Place To Buy” by Computer Shopper Magazine (January 2001), a “Best of the Web” in the computer and electronics category by Forbes Magazine (spring 2000 and fall 2000), and the No. 1 electronics e-tailer in the PowerRankings by Forrester Research, Inc. (November 2000). Buy.com, founded in June 1997, is located in Aliso Viejo, California. For more information, visit www.buy.com. Buy.com® and The Internet Superstore™ are trademarks of Buy.com, Inc.
NOTE: 8x8, the 8x8 logo, Packet8, the Packet8 logo and Packet8 Virtual Office are trademarks of 8x8, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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