Global VoIP Service Provider and The Leader in Worldwide Consumer Connectivity Deliver Advanced Call Services to Retail Locations Nationwide
McLean, VA, and Fountain Valley, CA, October 18, 2004 - Primus Telecommunications, Inc., the originator of the Lingo Internet telephone service, and D -Link®, the global leader in the design and development of connectivity and communications technologies, today announced a mutual partnership between the two companies to provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service and hardware to consumers and small businesses. As pioneers in providing global VoIP service and VoIP hardware manufacturing, the companies will leverage each other's strengths to deliver competitive features and services in support of the Lingo broadband phone service. Available at Fry's Electronics initially, and rolling out to other major retailers nationwide, the new Lingo VoIP telephone service is bundled with the new D -Link Broadband Phone Service VoIP Router (DVG -1402S/L), providing both a high -quality Broadband VoIP telephone adapter as well as fully functioning home router and firewall.
Introduced back in June of this year, Lingo is a VoIP service that offers unmatched value and geographic coverage. Leveraging Primus's global presence, and a VoIP network that reaches over 150 countries, the new Lingo service offers consumers unlimited calling in the U.S., to Canada, and to Western Europe for only $19.95 per month, something no other broadband phone service provides at such a price. Lingo brings consumers and small businesses with a broadband connection an alternative to their traditional U.S. telephone company at savings of up to 80 percent. Lingo's Unlimited Plan is available free for the first -month to subscribers. The recently launched Unlimited Asia plan offers Lingo high -quality service and unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and Asia, including calls to China, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. Additionally, Lingo calling plans include over 25 popular calling features at no extra charge. Consumers can learn more about the array of Lingo calling plans, and sign up online for the service, by visiting http://www.Lingo.com.
"Having been a major player in the VoIP space since 2000, we have built a global VoIP network that delivers high -quality voice service at an extremely competitive price for consumers and small business," said John Melick, co -president of Primus's U.S. operations. "Partnering with a like -minded networking giant like D -Link will help us to continually evolve our services to meet the demands of our growing base of Lingo customers."
The Primus and D -Link relationship enables consumers and small business to easily set up a high -quality Internet telephone service via their broadband connection, at significantly reduced rates in comparison to traditional telephone service. The companies said that this collaboration offers retailers a groundbreaking opportunity to increase sales and expand into a new category, capitalizing on Primus's leadership in broadband telephony and D -Link's retail strength in home and broadband networking solutions.
"Primus is offering excellent value proposition for international VoIP services and we are pleased to have our D -Link VoIP phone adapters chosen as the vehicle to help deliver VoIP to consumers," said Keith Karlsen, executive vice president, D -Link Systems, Inc. "With more than seven years of research and development and manufacturing of VoIP products, D -Link delivers the advanced hardware solutions that complement Lingo's multi -tiered service solutions."
D -Link brings a deep understanding towards the design, development and manufacturing of these communication solutions having heavily invested in the VoIP technology development for the past seven years and has delivered significant products for OEM and International Telco's. The Company is now focusing on delivering these types of advanced IP solutions to mass market.
The D -Link Broadband Phone Service VoIP Router (DVG -1402S/L) enables standard phones to be used for voice calls over the Internet while sharing the incoming Internet connection across up to four PCs. Using your existing broadband connection, the D -Link DVG -1402S/L connects directly to a cable or DSL modem in place of a traditional router. Connecting up to two regular phones to the D -Link DVG -1402S/L, users can connect to Primus Telecommunications' Lingo Internet telephone service at an extremely lower cost than traditional telephone rates.
The D -Link DVG -1402S/L is compatible with premier Lingo call features such as caller ID, voicemail -to -email, simultaneous ring, and three way calling. The D -Link DVG -1402S/L also acts like a router for a home or business network, providing room to connect up to four computers to share an Internet connection without affecting call quality.
The D -Link DVG -1402S/L delivers sophisticated firewall protection, easily configured through the advanced features section of the product's web -based interface. The router features a high performance CPU to support advanced management features such as MAC address authentication, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Content Filtering. Advanced logging and filtering features provide information about intruders to the administrator so that the appropriate actions can be taken.
Price and Availability
The Lingo Broadband Phone Service VoIP Router powered by the D -Link DVG -1402S/L will be available through authorized retail locations at $99.99 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), with Lingo Unlimited Service for $19.95 per month.
Primus Telecommunications, Inc., is the principal U.S. subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (Primus) (Nasdaq:PRTL), a Fortune 1000(R) global telecommunications company with $1.3 billion in annual revenue. Headquartered in McLean, VA, and founded in 1994, Primus offers voice, Internet, Voice -over -Internet protocol (VoIP), wireless, digital subscriber line (DSL), and other data services to corporate customers, small - and medium -sized businesses, residential customers, and other communications carriers located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Primus owns and operates an extensive global network, including a VoIP "backbone" that reaches over 150 countries through 550 points -of -presence throughout the world. Primus first entered the VoIP market in 1999, and now carries more than one billion minutes of international VoIP traffic annually. The company offers VoIP services to consumer and business customers outside of North America, including broadband telephone service in Canada, called TalkBroadband(TM), which was introduced in January. For more information about Lingo, visit: http://www.lingo.com For more information on Primus, visit: http://www.primustel.com.
About D -Link Systems, Inc.
D -Link is the global leader in total products shipped for consumer networking connectivity according to reports published by the Synergy Research Group. D -Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With more than a million square feet of manufacturing capacity and millions of Ethernet adapters, hubs and switch ports, manufactured and shipped, D -Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D -Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326 -1688 or (714) 885 -6000; FAX (866) 743 -4905; Internet www.dlink.com.