SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that sipgate, Europe's first multinational Internet telephone service provider, has agreed to offer NETGEAR products to sipgate customers in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. This arrangement is NETGEAR's first with a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider in Europe, and further underscores the importance to NETGEAR of the development and delivery of new VoIP devices for residential and small office/home office (SOHO) customers. The first product to be covered by the new relationship is a NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter with Router and 2 Phone Ports (Model TA612V), specifically customized by NETGEAR to support sipgate VoIP services. "NETGEAR's commitment to reliable, affordable and stylish products extends to our VoIP strategy," said Paul J. Thomas, NETGEAR's director of Telco & ISP Business, EMEA. "We're excited at the opportunity to connect the NETGEAR brand, already well known in Europe for data networking, to voice services. The convergence of voice with data and multimedia networking through a home network promises to become the standard way that people communicate. We're happy to be working with sipgate to enable their subscribers to benefit from this convenient service today." Customers that sign up for the sipgate service use their existing broadband connection to make phone calls over the Internet, either as a second landline service or as a replacement for their existing landline. sipgate provides subscribers with the NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter with Router, which is the ideal telephone terminal adapter for delivering convergent voice services to the networked home environment. The NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter offers standard NETGEAR router and firewall functionality so that subscribers can also connect personal computers and peripheral devices into a home network. The NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter with Router has two ports for telephone and fax devices and two RJ-45 jacks for connections to the Internet and the home network. Customers simply plug an ordinary telephone and their cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) modem into the NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter; installation and set-up is extremely simple due to NETGEAR's intuitive user interface, Smart Wizard(TM). To place and receive calls, a user just picks up the adapter-connected telephone and dials numbers as normal, but at lower rates, with greater convenience and better service. There are no line rental or monthly charges for sipgate service; calls are charged on a highly competitive pay-as-you-go basis. Additional benefits to new sipgate subscribers using the NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter with Router are free minutes, free voicemail, and free set-up. "NETGEAR is one of the most respected networking brands in Europe, with a very strong retail presence and a high name-recognition factor," said Thilo Salmon, associate managing director of Indigo Networks GmbH, sipgate's parent company headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany. "By combining their products with the sipgate service we've rolled out in Austria, Germany and the U.K., we're offering subscribers the most robust, and convenient, option for combined voice and data networking." The NETGEAR Broadband Voice Adapter with Router and 2 Phone Ports (TA612V) is available now via sipgate and will be available in select retail outlets subject to local agreements. More information on sipgate's Internet telephone service in Austria is at http://www.sipgate.at. German service information is at http://www.sipgate.de. Customers in the United Kingdom should visit http://www.sipgate.co.uk. About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR(R) (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company's product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000. NOTE: NETGEAR(R), the NETGEAR logo, and Smart Wizard are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of end-users; the performance of NETGEAR's products may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Risk Factors Affecting Future Results", pages 26 through 35, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2004, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2005. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030730/NETGEARLOGO )
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