8x8, Inc. Expands VoIP and Videophone Service Offerings With CounterPath-Powered Packet8 Softalk(TM)

Jan 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from 8x8, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 2006 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
 -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:   EGHT), the Packet8 broadband VoIP (Voice over Internet
 Protocol) and videophone communications service provider and CounterPath
 Solutions, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   CTPS) today unveiled 8x8's latest VoIP
 service, Packet8 Softalk(TM), a co-branded, video-enabled SIP softphone for
 use with the Packet8 residential, video and Virtual Office Internet phone
     Developed using CounterPath's software development kit (SDK), Softalk
 enables subscribers to make and receive voice and video phone calls directly
 on their personal computers without the need for a regular analog phone. All
 that is required is a desktop or laptop personal computer   running Microsoft
 Windows with built-in or external speakers and microphones or a computer
     Packet8 Softalk(TM) will be offered in two plans, Basic and Premium,
 beginning Q1 2006. Packet8 Softalk (TM) Basic allows unlimited IP to IP ("in-
 network") voice and video calling between Softalk users and existing Packet8
 voice and videophone subscribers free of charge. There is no activation or
 disconnect fee for the Basic service.
     Packet8 Softalk(TM) Premium and Softalk Virtual Office will offer the same
 toll free in-network calling as well as outbound calling to the PSTN (public
 switch telephone network) along with all the Packet8 advanced calling features
 including voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding and many more
 for $5.99 per month and a one-time activation fee of $9.99. Softalk Premium
 users will get 500 minutes of outgoing and incoming minutes on calls
 throughout the US and Canada. Softalk Virtual Office is priced at $5.99 per
 month for 200 minutes of calls to the U.S. and Canada. Each additional minute
 will be billed at 1.9 cents per minute, with outgoing international minutes
 billed at the current Packet8 international rates.
     "With the launch of Packet8 Softalk(TM), we are not only providing
 potential new customers with an opportunity to test Packet8 service, we are
 also giving our existing Packet8 subscribers an easy way to access their
 service even while they are away from the home or office," said 8x8 Vice
 President of Sales & Marketing Huw Rees. "Packet8 Softalk (TM) can be
 downloaded to a laptop so that when a subscriber travels all they need to do
 is go online to make phone calls and get all the great benefits of the Packet8
     "8x8 has built a very compelling value proposition for its customers,"
 said Donovan Jones CounterPath's Vice President Sales & Marketing. "As
 business and residential customers maximize the benefits from IP
 communications, softphones which allow for high quality Voice, Video and IM,
 will become a critical component of a service provider's offering. Through our
 licensing agreement, we are looking forward to further augmenting 8x8's
 service offerings with high quality, rich, robust applications."
     Both Packet8 Softalk(TM) plans can be downloaded from the Packet8 website,
 http://www.packet8.net , free of charge. In addition to a PC or laptop, the
 equipment required to use Packet8 Softalk(TM) includes a headset and
 microphone or USB phone. For video use, a standard, off-the-shelf webcam is
 required to send images, though none is required to receive video images. With
 a small footprint installer, SIP standards compliant Packet8 Softalk(TM) runs
 on Windows operating systems that run personal computers (PCs).  Packet8
 Softalk (TM) uses advanced audio and video compression algorithms.
     About 8x8, Inc.
     VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service provider 8x8, Inc. offers
 internet-based telephony solutions (http://www.packet8.net/) 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 $19.99 per month for unlimited anytime calling to the U.S. and Canada,
 8x8 offers the Packet8 VideoPhone, the industry's first stand alone broadband
 consumer videophone with worldwide video calling for $19.99 per month. Packet8
 Virtual Office, 8x8's VoIP solution for small to medium sized businesses, is a
 hosted PBX service comprised of powerful business class features. For
 additional company information, visit 8x8's website at http://www.8x8.com/ .
     About CounterPath Solutions, Inc.
     CounterPath, formerly Xten Networks, Inc., is a developer of award-
 winning, high-quality, carrier-grade VoIP (Voice over IP) and Video over IP
 SIP softphones for service providers, cable operators, Internet telephony
 service providers, IP PBX manufacturers and OEMs. CounterPath's SIP softphones
 are available either pre-configured or as a software development kit (SDK),
 and provide VoIP (Voice over IP), Video over IP, IM (Instant Messaging), and
 Presence functionality. CounterPath's softphones for Windows, MAC OS X, Pocket
 PC and Linux are software applications which run on devices such as personal
 computers (PCs) and personal digital assistants (PDAs) or can be integrated
 into set-top boxes, embedded devices and instant messenger applications.
 CounterPath technology is deployed with leading service providers in more than
 5,400,000 IP endpoints worldwide. For more information, visit
 http://www.counterpath.com/ .

SOURCE 8x8, Inc.