USRobotics Adds Two Skype Certified USB Phones
Chicago (August 14, 2006)– USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company, announced the shipment of two newly Skype Certified™ handsets today. The award-winning networking products provider now offers five products designed for use with the popular Internet communications application.
“Adding to our ever growing line of Skype™ products has been a significant area of focus for USRobotics in 2006,” says Anurag Batta, Product Manager for VoIP. “These two new USB phones demonstrate our commitment to providing all users of Skype with easy to use, reliable phones. Coupled with our speakerphone and telephone adapter, we now have a selection of products for both home and business users of Skype.”
Both the USR9601 USB Internet Phone and the USR9602 USB Internet Mini Phoneintegrate seamlessly with Skype and plug into an available USB port to provide easy voice communications to the Skype community that now numbers more than 113 million users worldwide. The phones feature technology enhancements designed to prevent echoes and resolve the “tunnel” sound Internet calls can generate with lower quality hardware. The integrated keypad on both phones allows users to place calls to Skype contacts with speed dial numbers assigned, or to dial telephones anywhere in the world with SkypeOut™. The phones make Internet calling as simple and comfortable as traditional telephone calling, and offer distinct features for new and seasoned Skype users alike.
“Our collaboration with USRobotics provides the growing Skype community with high quality, affordable Skype devices that make Internet communications easy whether you’re at home or in the office,” said Manrique Brenes, director of hardware for Skype. “USRobotics and Skype are committed to enabling the world’s conversations; these new USB Internet phones are a great example of our shared vision.”
The USR9601 USB Internet Phone features a bright, high-resolution, blue back-lit LCD screen that provides convenient access to contact and call status, and supports Skype caller ID. The USR9601 is available at major retailers and online for $49.95.
The USR9602 USB Internet Mini Phone serves as an alternative to inexpensive headsets and is priced with entry level users in mind. The USR9602 is available at major retailers and online for $24.95.
The two newly Skype Certified USB Internet Phones join three other USRobotics Skype products, including the USR9600 USB Internet Phone (available in select markets only), the Skype Certified USR9610 USB Internet Speakerphone and the USR9620 USB Telephone Adapter. Additional product line extensions can be expected in the third quarter of 2006.
Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
USRobotics is a Platinum Equity company. For three decades, the company has been a leader in Internet access and networking, helping millions of people connect to the Internet with powerful, innovative products. The company is rapidly expanding its category leadership by transforming the latest technologies into reliable and easy-to-use high performance products, including high-speed, broadband modems; wired and wireless networking solutions; and Internet security devices; for the growing home, home office, and small- to medium-sized business markets. The company is dedicated to keeping people connected worldwide – to information, entertainment, and each other. USRobotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area with its EMEA headquarters base in the UK. For further information, please visit the Web site at www.usr.com.
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