In the blurring world of consumer electronics and VoIP this release shows how VoIP products are generally superior to their traditional telephony counterparts. It is interesting to note that while many of the services that we take for granted when we use VoIP could just as easily be made available on PSTN circuits but for whatever reason providers never give these services out. For example, we at TMC have been evangelizing unified messaging for about a decade but it took VoIP to make it popular.Similarly home phone systems typically maxed at a few phones. My Panasonic kx-tg4000b
can support a lowly 4 phones which I always thought was a good number. But nooo, it takes VoIP to give us 10 handset capability. Again, this is nothing we couldn't do before but VoIP seems to be the enabler of advanced applications, features and functionality.Still this is just a stepping stone product in my opinion as the handsets should really use WiFi. The logic of multiple wireless networks is lost on me so I am looking forward to using the same network for multiple applications. It is going to be interesting to see how the modern home deals with TV and telephony streaming over the same wireless network. There are new WiFi standards in the hopper that will assist but in the mean time enjoy the hybrid solutions that bring us one step closer to true WiFi telephonyHere is the release: Uniden Unveils Whole House VoIP Phone System; Uniden's UIP1868 5.8GHz Corded/Cordless Phone with Built-in VoIP Technology Offers Expandability up to 10 HandsetsFORT WORTH, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 11, 2005 -- Uniden America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wireless consumer electronics, unveiled a 5.8GHz digital expandable corded/cordless phone with built-in Voice over IP (VoIP) technology at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The UIP1868 is a fully integrated VoIP home phone system, deploying VoIP capability to a maximum of ten handsets and offering consumers the benefits of VoIP communication in any room of their homes. In conjunction with this product announcement, Uniden introduces 2005 technology partners Lingo, BroadVoice(R) and SunRocket(SM). Proving interoperability with these Internet phone service providers will allow consumers to use one of these VoIP platforms with Uniden's UIP1868 as part of a complete and cost-effective consumer VoIP offering.
Available in early 2005, the Uniden UIP1868 and a VoIP subscription will allow consumers to take advantage of the extended features offered by the latest advances in voice communication. The UIP1868 converts standard telephone signals into a VoIP digital signal so they can be sent across a broadband Internet connection, offering consumers a low-cost, easy connection to broadband VoIP phone service.
Featuring 5.8GHz technology, the UIP1868 is compatible with Uniden's TCX800, TCX400, TCX440 color screen phone and the new CLX500 flip phone accessory cordless handsets and is expandable up to a maximum of ten handsets without the need for additional broadband connections. As such, Uniden's UIP1868 affords consumers the flexibility of utilizing VoIP communication at up to ten locations.
Uniden's UIP1868 supports one telephone line and one fax line. Other key features include call waiting, caller ID, handset speakerphone, four-way conferencing, DirectLink(TM) two-way radio capability and a do not disturb setting.
"Uniden is proud to introduce the first whole house VoIP phone system to provide consumers with a cost effective way to integrate IP telephony into their households," said Brett Morrison, national sales manager of IP products and business communications at Uniden America. "By partnering with the market-leading platforms provided by Lingo, BroadVoice and SunRocket, we can deliver a high-quality, cost-effective VoIP phone solution to consumers."
The UIP1868 is backward compatible with Uniden's current line of TRU 5.8GHz digital phone systems and will be forward compatible with future Uniden 5.8GHz phone offerings, allowing consumers to merge the UIP1868 with their existing Uniden phone products.
Uniden America Corporation, the North American subsidiary of Japan-based Uniden Corporation, manufactures and markets wireless consumer electronic products including cordless telephones, business telecommunications systems, networking and data products, Bearcat(R) scanners, FRS/GMRS radios, marine radios and other wireless personal communications products. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Uniden sells its products through dealers and distributors throughout North, Central and South America. For more information on Uniden's IP products, please contact Brett Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primus Telecommunications, Inc., the company that created Lingo Internet phone service, 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: www.lingo.com. For more information on Primus, visit: www.primustel.com.
The BroadVoice service lets consumers and small businesses use a high-speed DSL or cable modem connection to make and receive phone calls anywhere in the world. Customers benefit from unlimited domestic and international calling and a suite of 24 basic and advanced features for one low monthly fixed price. BroadVoice currently offers service in over 1,500 rate centers in 36 U.S. states as well as 41 U.K. cities. Founded in December 2003, BroadVoice is a wholly owned subsidiary of Convergent Networks, Inc. and is based in Lowell, MA. Additional information can be found at www.broadvoice.com
Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, SunRocket, the "no gotcha" phone company, is bringing Internet phone service to mainstream America with the nation's first full-year, flat-rate home phone package. SunRocket is the only company to offer complete Internet phone service at an all-inclusive, bottom-line annual price of $199, with no hidden charges, termination penalties or "gotchas." SunRocket makes it easy for households with high-speed Internet access to take advantage of the incredible value and enhanced capabilities of state-of-the-art Internet telephony. Nokia Venture Partners is the lead investor in the privately-held corporation. For more information, see the company's Web site at SunRocket.com.