Tuesday, September 23, 2003

8X8 and SIPphone Announce Interoperability and Marketing Agreement

This is awesome for Packet8 and SIPphone users. Both companies seem to be really on the ball as far as what their users want.

8X8 and SIPphone Announce Interoperability and Marketing Agreement: "8X8 and SIPphone Announce Interoperability and Marketing Agreement
Monday September 22, 8:15 am ET
VON CONFERENCE, BOSTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT - News) and SIPphone, Inc. today announced that an agreement has been reached to allow Packet8 users to call SIPphone users (and vice versa) over the internet without the need to terminate through the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).

As part of the agreement, Packet8 and SIPphone have agreed to grant access to the telephone numbers of their customers (without compromising the privacy of such information) and allow direct dialing to each others customers without the use of special codes or prefixes. From a practical perspective, this results in a benefit to the consumers of both services, as they will be able to call each other anywhere in the world, free of any additional charge. Also included in the agreement is a cooperative marketing arrangement, whereby SIPphone users who are interested in PSTN origination or termination services (i.e. the ability to call, or be called, by any regular plain old telephone) will be encouraged to sign up with the Packet8 service.
'We are very excited to announce this cooperation with SIPphone,' said Bryan Martin, Chief Executive Officer of 8x8. 'Michael Robertson's vision of a fundamental change in telephone communications based around the SIP protocol is directly in line with our own,' he continued. 'We look forward to quickly implementing this interoperability between our two services and we are confident this will be seen as a significant benefit to both companies' customers.'
'We're deploying thousands of SIPphones around the world and private peering with Packet8 will allow our users"


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