Monday, March 14, 2005

Packet8 Adapter Offers Two Line Access

New Packet8 Broadband VoIP Adapter Offers Two Line Access: "-- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, announced the introduction of a new dual port broadband phone adapter, the Packet8 BPA-410.
The Packet8 BPA-410 is equipped with two switched Ethernet ports and two RJ-11 phone service ports, enabling a customer to activate multiple Packet8 service plans without any additional hardware. Each phone jack operates independently, with separate Packet8 phone numbers and service. The second Ethernet port can be used to connect to a PC or other networked device, eliminating the need for an extra Ethernet switch hub.
'Many of our customers have been asking for a low-cost device with two phone lines,' said Huw Rees, 8x8 Vice President of Marketing & Sales. 'The BPA-410 enables customers to install multiple lines of Packet8 VoIP service with one device. The switched Ethernet port also reduces the wiring issues associated with simultaneous VoIP service and high-speed internet access.'
The Packet8 BPA-410 carries a suggested retail price of $69.95 with a monthly service fee of $19.95 per line for unlimited calls to the U.S. and Canada. Activation fees are $29.95 for the first line and $9.95 for the second line."

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Survey: VoIP Can Save Enterprises From $9,600 To $28,000 Per Site

Source: http://informationweek.networkingpipeline.com/news/53700101

Survey: VoIP Can Save Enterprises From $9,600 To $28,000 Per Site

"A new study has found that it costs an enterprise between $525 and $1,512 per user to implement VoIP, but the eventual savings can be substantial, ranging between $9,600 and $28,000 per site annually for large enterprises.

The study, "Convergence: Reality at Last," by Nemertex Research, asserts that startup costs are dependent on a number of variables, include enterprise size and which vendor companies chose to supply the VoIP solution. It found that size does matter, and that the average initial cost of a VoIP deployment, including hardware such as IP PBXs and handsets as well as planning an implementation services, was $525 per user in deployments of 1000 users or more, and $763 in deployments of 100 users and less.

On average, according to Nemertes, companies spend $17,220 on network assessments, to determine whether their existing data networks are ready to carry voice traffic.

There are substantial cost savings to be had in VoIP for companies, though. The report note that large companies can save between $9,600 and $28,000 per site annually on local loop costs by converging their networks, and mid-sized enterprises can realize annual cost reductions of between $4,800 and $9,600. However, according to Robin Gareiss, Nemertes principal research officer and the report's author, enterprises have to be careful to consider the differences in real costs when planning a VoIP implementation."

Saturday, October 16, 2004

A New Report On Broadband Phone Services Helps Consumers Understand This New Technology

A New Report On Broadband Phone Services Helps Consumers Understand This New Technology : Onlypunjab.com Team- Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News, Humour News, Outrageous Acts - Onlypunjab.com: "Packet8 was mentioned by name in the report because it is the best fit for most residential and small business applications. Packet8 provides and outstanding price point and the greatest local number availability of all ProvideTechnology's current VoIP providers along with local number portability and 911 support for many cities."

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004: "8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, today announced that it has been selected as a member of FierceVoIP's annual list of 'The Fierce 15,' honoring it as one of the top 15 emerging IP telephony companies for 2004. FierceVoIP, an internationally recognized email newsletter covering the VoIP and Internet telephony industry, evaluated more than 300 VoIP companies based on company vision, revenue potential, quality of deals and partnerships, and competitive market position.
'8x8 is fierce because it isn't content to exist just as a low-cost VoIP service provider,' said John Edwards, Editor of FierceVoIP. 'The company sees IP telephony in its true form: as a full-fledged and revolutionary 21st century communications medium with boundless potential.'"

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004: "8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, today announced that it has been selected as a member of FierceVoIP's annual list of 'The Fierce 15,' honoring it as one of the top 15 emerging IP telephony companies for 2004. FierceVoIP, an internationally recognized email newsletter covering the VoIP and Internet telephony industry, evaluated more than 300 VoIP companies based on company vision, revenue potential, quality of deals and partnerships, and competitive market position.

'8x8 is fierce because it isn't content to exist just as a low-cost VoIP service provider,' said John Edwards, Editor of FierceVoIP. 'The company sees IP telephony in its true form: as a full-fledged and revolutionary 21st century communications medium with boundless potential.'"

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004

8x8 Named Among Top 15 VoIP Companies of 2004: "8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, today announced that it has been selected as a member of FierceVoIP's annual list of 'The Fierce 15,' honoring it as one of the top 15 emerging IP telephony companies for 2004. FierceVoIP, an internationally recognized email newsletter covering the VoIP and Internet telephony industry, evaluated more than 300 VoIP companies based on company vision, revenue potential, quality of deals and partnerships, and competitive market position.

'8x8 is fierce because it isn't content to exist just as a low-cost VoIP service provider,' said John Edwards, Editor of FierceVoIP. 'The company sees IP telephony in its true form: as a full-fledged and revolutionary 21st century communications medium with boundless potential.'"

Monday, October 11, 2004

8x8 to Showcase Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone and VoIP Offerings at DigitalLife

8x8 to Showcase Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone and VoIP Offerings at DigitalLife: "8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), the Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, will demonstrate the Packet8 consumer VideoPhone and VoIP service at DigitalLife (Booth # 1866), a new four-day special event that brings together the latest in digital technology for the home, work and play.
DigitalLife (www.digitallife.com) will be held October 14-17, 2004 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The special event is expected to attract more than 25,000 consumers and technology enthusiasts -- all eager to experience the next-generation in digital technology products."

Sunday, October 10, 2004

[Packet8] Tell my why not to get Vitual Office

broadband � Forums � Voice over IP � [Packet8] Tell my why not to get Vitual Office: "[Packet8] Tell my why not to get Vitual Office
Hi Everyone. I've read a lot here and posted many questions which got some great answers. Now I am about to take the plunge and get Virtual Office for my 3-person business. All three of us work mostly from cellphones or at home (though we do have one office in Chicago that gets used occasionally) and one of us is in San Francisco.

So P8's Virtual Office sounds nearly perfect, at $120/month for three lines of unlimited calling. I wish we didn't have to buy three full-price incoming/outgoing lines (we will never be using more than one line to call out at a time), but at $40 each it's not too bad, and there is a built-in auto attendant which is fantastic. On the downside, it seems the lines aren't so feature-rich (no call hunting or voicemail email notification.

Am I missing anything? Am I making a mistake? What should I worry about? "

Friday, October 08, 2004

8x8 Announces Availability of Virtual and Toll Free Numbers for Packet8 Virtual Office Business VoIP Service

8x8 Announces Availability of Virtual and Toll Free Numbers for Packet8 Virtual Office Business VoIP Service: "Effective immediately, Packet8 Virtual Office users can now choose various new services including Virtual Phone Numbers, Toll Free Numbers, and Switchboard Operator Console.
Virtual Phone Numbers allow Virtual Office subscribers to provide local inbound telephone numbers from areas outside of their main number or extension DIDs. Subscribers can select Virtual Numbers from all United States area codes Packet8 supports for a small monthly fee of $4.95 per number and a one-time activation fee of $9.95. Adding Virtual Numbers offers benefits such as enabling an enterprise to show a local presence in a geographic area without physically residing there and facilitating a cost-savings local calling capability for an organization's customers or colleagues.
The second new Virtual Office service is Toll Free Numbers, an inexpensive way for Virtual Office subscribers to offer clients the ability to contact them at no charge regardless of their location inside the United States or the company's location worldwide. Packet8's Toll Free Service Plan involves a flat monthly fee of $4.95 including 100 minutes of inbound toll-free calls and an industry low of 3.9 cents a minute thereafter for inbound calls. A one time $9.95 activation fee per number applies.
Finally, Virtual Office users can now expand the functionality of their system with Switchboard, Virtual Office's Operator Software Console Application, available for $19.95 per month with a $9.95 activation fee. Switchboard improves the efficiency of an operator's call management by providing a receptionist with a graphical overview of the users on the virtual office service and a simple way to manage an organization's telecommunication activity. Switchboard works on a PC in conjunction with the Internet and the Virtual Office telephones. Additionally, Switchboard enables operators to have:
-- Direct status view of extension's status: DND, On-line, idle
-- Click to call, click to transfer call control
-- Direct transfer to extension and voice mail
-- Supervised transfers
"

8x8 Raises $12 Million in Sale of Common Stock

8x8 Raises $12 Million in Sale of Common Stock: "8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News) today announced that it has agreed to sell 3,508,772 shares of common stock to an institutional investor at $3.42 per share for aggregate proceeds of $12 million before placement fees and other offering expenses. The investor will also receive a warrant to purchase an additional 1,403,509 8x8 common shares at an exercise price of $4.10 per share. The transaction is expected to close and fund on or about Thursday, September 30, 2004. The net proceeds of approximately $11.2 million from the offering will be used to fund the continued expansion of the Packet8 voice and video communication service, including the development of new and larger distribution channels, increased marketing efforts, and the growth of the customer service, support and sales operations, and to fund working capital and for general corporate purposes."

Internet Telephone Service Offers Added Measure of Security for Residents of Hurricane Prone Regions

Internet Telephone Service Offers Added Measure of Security for Residents of Hurricane Prone Regions: "According to Dr. Alan Lefkowitz, a subscriber to the Packet8 VoIP phone service, while traditional phone systems in the hard hit region were disabled from the storm, his broadband internet phone service not only kept on working but experienced no degradation in quality or consistency through even the worst phases of Hurricane Frances.
'I initially became a subscriber of the Packet8 internet phone service because I wanted low cost unlimited calling to various U.S. cities where other family members live,' said Dr. Lefkowitz. 'Little did I realize that I was also getting a very reliable phone service that would keep on functioning even during a hurricane.'
A story in the September 14, 2004 edition of the Palm Beach Post stated, 'More than 90,000 BellSouth customers in the four-county region were still without phone service as of late Monday, and company officials say restoring complete service to the area could take as long as three weeks.'
Dr. Lefkowitz's Packet8 VoIP phone service operates over a broadband cable internet connection which suffered no ill effects from the storm. Though he did lose electric power for a few days, once electricity was restored there was no waiting for the local phone company to re-establish his service.
'This example illustrates how VoIP services like Packet8 can enhance the overall reliability of our telecommunications systems,' said Bryan Martin, Chairman and CEO of 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News), provider of the Packet8 service. 'By providing additional paths for communications into and out of the home, we are building on the number of ways people can communicate during or after a disaster."

Corridor Brings Wi-Fi to the 'Burbs

Corridor Brings Wi-Fi to the 'Burbs: "We recently signed an agreement to distribute voice over IP with California-based Packet8,' says Heil. 'We'll deploy voice over IP in our wireless Salem area, but also in our franchise cable systems. The wireless piece is the core of our business.' "

8x8 Signs Wholesale Agreements for Packet8 Voice and Video Over IP Offerings

8x8 Signs Wholesale Agreements for Packet8 Voice and Video Over IP Offerings: "Since RBM primarily markets to the Hispanic community, the ability for us to customize the voice prompts and interfaces into the Spanish language is a significant advantage for us,' said Richard Herela, President of Las Vegas, Nevada-based LLAMA MEX, INC. 'This partnership with Packet8 will add subscribers that would not normally have selected the service due to the language barriers"

8x8 Announces Packet8 Voice Over IP Prepaid Telephone Services

8x8 Announces Packet8 Voice Over IP Prepaid Telephone Services: "8x8, Inc. the Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider, today announced a prepaid service platform designed to provide independent organizations with the ability to deliver inbound and outbound VoIP broadband telephone services.

Packet8 Prepaid enables wholesalers, service providers, and resellers to offer their customers outbound prepaid telephone calling, including never-before-seen U.S. telephone numbers for use outside the United States for inbound calls. Packet8 Prepaid also includes features such as voicemail, caller ID, and complete voice account management. Packet8 Prepaid offers outbound calling rates competitive to any international incumbent telecom service provider's offering. With Packet8 Prepaid, businesses can start their own VoIP phone service delivered and managed by 8x8.
'The prepaid application of enhanced VoIP services is a natural extension of our offerings, particularly in the international calling arena,' said 8x8 President, Dr. Barry Andrews. 'Our goal is to empower service providers around the world with the tools to launch a VoIP offering in a matter of days.'"

VoIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol - Revolutionizes the Way Consumers Talk on the Phone

VoIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol - Revolutionizes the Way Consumers Talk on the Phone: "8x8, inc., a leading VoIP service provider, is the first company to ship a standalone consumer videophone that operates over a high speed internet connection and delivers full motion video at a rate of 30 frames per second."

8x8 Announces Expanded Distribution for the Packet8 Virtual Office Service

New Packet8 Master Distributors

8x8 Announces Expanded Distribution for the Packet8 Virtual Office Service: "The new Master Distributors cover a wide geographical area throughout the United States and include: Unwired Technology, Chicago, IL; Smart-Com, Eastern ID; Straight Shooting Computing, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM; Peninsula Communications, South San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Envisions Communications, Wenatchee, WA; CWS, West TX; DB Communications - Austin and San Antonio, TX; Zial Networks, Boise & Spokane, WA; and Smedia, Madison and Milwaukee, WI."

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Light Reading - Networking the Telecom Industry

Light Reading - Networking the Telecom Industry: "VOIP Stocks: How High? "

LightReading is probably the best source for telecommunications information. They also recently covered the run up in VoIP stocks and inlcuded 8x8 in the companies they reviewed.

Fool.com: VOIP Gold Rush [Motley Fool Take] December 5, 2003

Fool.com: VOIP Gold Rush [Motley Fool Take] December 5, 2003: "VOIP Gold Rush"

Motley Fool did a very short article on VoIP, and mentions 8x8 (parent of Packet8) in the article as a speculative investment.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

broadband � Forums � Voice over IP � how do I build a gateway cell phone to packet8

broadband � Forums � Voice over IP � how do I build a gateway cell phone to packet8: "how do I build a gateway cell phone to packet8
Hi, I am useing Packet8 in Asia, and it workds great!!! I was just wounder how I could set up soemthing, like a local PSTEN number I culd call form my cell pyone and connect to my Packet8 line so I could make calls with the high cost of lon distance. If I lived in the US I do not think it would be worth it to do this unless I made lots of interrnational cals, cut since I am calling friends and family, and some of my family members back in the states are NOT to health it would be great to have that ability. Can somone give me some info on what I need to buy and how to set it up? Thanks "

broadband � Forums � Voice over IP � FWD and Packet8 will interoperative in December...

broadband � Forums � Voice over IP � FWD and Packet8 will interoperative in December...: "FWD and Packet8 will interoperative in December...
...or so I am told.

As soon at the new software image for their DTA is released, the DTA will support more CODECs which in turn will open the door for greater compatibility between the FWD and Packet8 communities.

Hopefully sometime in December we will formally announce the interconnect between FWD and Packet8."