Wired and Wireless VoIP Devices Simplify and Enhance Home Networking and Broadband Phone Service
BEDMINSTER, N.J. and IRVINE, CA OCT 11, 2004 AT&T and Linksys®, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., today announced the offering of new Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) devices that combine the capabilities of a wired or wireless router with an analog telephone adapter (ATA), giving AT&T CallVantageSM Service customers simplified options for their VoIP home networking needs.
The new AT&T CallVantage Service Certified Linksys equipment consist of a Wired Router with 2 Phone Ports and a Wireless -G Router 2 phone ports, which will be available in retail outlets by the end of October. These new devices help eliminate the need for multiple devices for broadband telephony and computer networking when a user wants both. In these situations, these devices make it easier and more economical to set -up AT&T's broadband phone service solution.
"Users can be assured that Linksys phone adapters have been rigorously tested and certified with AT&T CallVantage Service to deliver the highest VoIP quality connectivity available in the home networking environment," said Charlie Giancarlo, Cisco -Linksys president. "Our leadership in wired and wireless home networking products combined with AT&T's innovative and feature -rich broadband phone service is a winning combination for consumers."
The "all -in -one" wired or wireless routers with voice, not only network multiple computers in the home, but also allow consumers to talk over their high -speed Internet connection utilizing their standard phones to call anyone in the world. About the size of a paperback book, these routers with voice over IP capabilities connect computers and ordinary phones to broadband cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) modems to deliver fully integrated networked solutions complete with broadband phone service.
"We look forward to delivering AT&T CallVantage Service Certified Linksys wired and wireless routers with voice to our growing ranks of customers," said Cathy Martine, AT&T senior vice president for Internet Telephony. "Linksys is one of the most recognizable and respected brands in home networking. Working together, we'll provide households with the ability to quickly and efficiently optimize their communications and home networking needs."
Linksys, a charter member of the AT&T VoIP Innovation and Interoperability Program (VIIP), worked closely with AT&T to design wired and wireless routers with voice capabilities that are compatible and certified to work with AT&T CallVantage Service. The AT&T program is designed to stimulate and foster the development, delivery and adoption of new applications, capabilities and devices to serve the needs of businesses and consumers utilizing AT&T's vast VoIP portfolio of services.
AT&T CallVantage Service customers will be able to choose a Linksys Wired Router with 2 Phone Ports or the Linksys Wireless -G Router with 2 Phone Ports. The Wired router with voice is now available through AT&T. Both the Wired and Wireless routers will be available at the end of October through AT&T participating retail outlets.
AT&T CallVantage Service is available to any U.S. consumer and provides a local footprint to 62 percent of the households in America due to its broad penetration in more than 170 markets coast -to -coast.
To learn more about AT&T CallVantage Service, consumers can visit http://www.CallVantage.com, call 1 -866 -816 -3815, extension 70339, or by visiting one of its national retailers.
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE "T") has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction -based voice and data services.
Founded in 1988, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the global leader in Wireless and Ethernet networking for consumer, SOHO, and small business users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award -winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides award -winning 24/7 product support to its customers. For more information, visit the Linksys web site at www.linksys.com.