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USRobotics Ships Skype-compatible Phone


Chicago (October 17, 2005)– USRobotics, a leader in Internet access and networking known for quality, innovation and performance, announced the shipment of its USB Internet Phone, the USR9600. The phone, the first from the company’s new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) product line, is designed to integrate seamlessly with the Skype Internet telephony application.

“The USB Phone is the first in a line of VoIP products we have planned for introduction before the holidays,” says Rizwan Akbar, USRobotics’ product manager. “Our customers want VoIP calling to appear, feel, and sound like traditional calling without the costs associated with long distance charges and hardwired lines. The USB handset from USRobotics gives them just that.”

The USB Internet Phone allows users to make free phone calls through the Skype application using their PC and Broadband Internet connection. The phone, a small handset similar in size to many cell phones, plugs into a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port to provide easy voice communications to any Skype user. The full featured LCD screen provides convenient access to call status and supports Caller ID, while the key pad allows users to place calls from a Skype phone book or to telephones anywhere with the SkypeOut subscription service.

The USB Internet Phone (USR9600) is designed to work primarily with the Skype application, but can be used with any other instant message platform with voice capabilities. Features like echo cancellation and noise reduction assure traditional telephone call quality for VoIP calls, providing users with an experience identical to traditional phone calling without the high fees.

The USR9600 sells for $49.99 and is available immediately at

USRobotics’ USB Internet phone uses the Skype API, but is not endorsed or certified by Skype Internet Phone.

About USRobotics

For three decades, USRobotics has been a leader in Internet access and networking known for quality, innovation, and performance. Without losing its focus on the analog modems that made the company a household name, USRobotics is rapidly expanding its category leadership by offering high-speed, broadband modems; wired and wireless networking solutions; and Internet security devices to the growing home, home office, and small- to medium-sized business markets. USRobotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area. For further information, please visit the Web site at

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