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USRobotics Introduces USB Telephone Adapter at CeBIT

3.13.2006

Chicago, IL U.S.A./Maidenhead, UK/Hannover, Germany (March 13, 2006)– USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company, announced the introduction of its Skype certified USR9620 USB Telephone Adapter this week at CeBIT, the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. USRobotics’ USB Telephone Adapter lets users make both Skype Internet Telephony calls and traditional PSTN calls via their existing PSTN telephone handset.

The USB Telephone Adapter is simple to install and use, and requires no additional hardware from a PSTN or broadband provider. Users connect an analog telephone line and a standard cordless or corded telephone to the USR9620, and then connect the USR9620 to a USB port on their computer running the Skype software and connected to the Internet via broadband.

“Our telephone adapter lets people use both Skype and their home phone line to make calls from the same telephone handset,” says Rizwan Akbar, USRobotics’ Product Manager. “The advanced features of the USR9620 allow users to save money on their long distance calling even when they are away from the computer running Skype.”

Telephones that can display caller ID are automatically enhanced to display Skype user name, as well as PSTN caller identification*. Advanced call waiting handling allows for notification of incoming calls (Skype or PSTN) while the phone is in use and lets users switch between the calls or even link a Skype call and a PSTN call in a three-way conference.

Intelligent forwarding of incoming Skype calls to mobile phones or landline phones and vice versa means USR9620 users will no longer have to stop using Skype’s low cost calling services when they are away from their computer. Simply configure the USR9620 to forward unanswered Skype calls to another phone number and the USB Telephone Adapter will forward the Skype call over the PSTN connection. Users can also access Skype via the PSTN or mobile network by dialing in to their USR9620 to place Skype and Skype Out calls from any remote location.

*PSTN caller identification requires Caller ID service from a telephone service provider.


USRobotics at CeBIT

CeBIT is the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. In addition to launching the USR9620 USB Telephone Adapter at the show, USRobotics will feature other products in the company’s stand (hall 25/ stand E58/E60).

Featured products include:

  • The USR9610 USB Internet Speakerphonemakes free Skype calls hands free. With powerful echo cancellation technology, convenient volume and mute buttons, and full-duplex operation, the USR9610 works just like a traditional speakerphone, only without the costs of a long distance call.
  • MAXg Wireless Networking Product Range offers maximum flexibility in wireless networking. By implementing MAXg, USRobotics considerably enhanced the possibilities of 802.11g standard. The product range offers up to 125 Mbps transmission speed, up to 50 percent higher range compared to conventional 802.11g-WLAN-devices, extensive and state of the art security features, easy to use installation, and convenient handling, as well as an extensive multiple product range.

Additional news announcements from USRobotics can be expected, including:

  • Skype Us Support: USRobotics recently provided customers with the opportunity to call technical support via Skype, making customer support free for callers!

About USRobotics

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.

USRobotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.