I received this email yesterday that had me befuddled.
deltathree, a leading provider of SIP-based VoIP solutions, today announced an agreement to offer Intel's Desktop Board customers the opportunity to experience the call clarity, robust features and cost advantages provided by deltathree's iConnectHere Internet telephony solutions.
Through the new offers, Intel's customers in the U.S. will be able to sign up online for 100 free VoIP minutes, with the option to purchase additional calling time at low rates to almost any country worldwide. iConnectHere allows customers to make and receive VoIP calls on a regular phone.
Ok, let me try and interpret this. If I am an "Intel Desktop Board customer". Wait a second, what the heck is an "Intel Desktop Board customer"? I assume they mean Intel motherboard. Ok, presuming I have an Intel motherboard, then I can get 100 free VoIP minutes? Well, how the heck is deltathree going to know if I use an Intel motherboard, AMD, or some other chipset on my motherboard? Do I have to download some ActiveX or Java applet to determine what motherboard I have - and then and only then I can get my 100 free minutes? Talk about privacy concerns.
Well, I decided to check out the link and as far as I can tell, it's all just a marketing ploy. You can just as easily be an AMD user and still get your 100 free minutes.
I'll include the full release for your enjoyment:
deltathree Announces VoIP Service Promotion
Intel Desktop Board Customers Offered Free Trial of iConnectHere VoIP Phone Service
New York, December 6, 2004 - deltathree, Inc. (NASDAQ SC: DDDC), a leading provider of SIP-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions for service providers and end-users worldwide, today announced a special promotion to offer deltathree's iConnectHere VoIP phone service to Intel Desktop Board customers.
iConnectHere, deltathree's consumer VoIP service, will offer Intel Desktop Board customers a choice of two new ways to experience iConnectHere's award winning PC-to-Phone service. The first offer allows Intel Desktop Board customers in the United States to sign up online for 100 minutes of free VoIP calling time using iConnectHere. Upon completion of the trial users can purchase additional calling time from iConnectHere at extremely low rates to almost any destination worldwide. The second promotional offer allows Intel Desktop Board customers to sign up for 1,000 minutes of iConnectHere VoIP service per month and includes a USB phone adapter, all for just $10.95 a month. The adapter connects any analog phone to the users PC, allowing the Intel Desktop Board customer to make outgoing VoIP calls and receive incoming calls on their regular phone, even cordless phones.
Both offers leverage the power of the Intel's Desktop Boards and iConnectHere's PC-to-Phone service, allowing Intel customers to realize the call clarity, robust feature sets and cost advantages provided by deltathree's iConnectHere Internet telephony solution. deltathree joins a select group of companies providing special offers directly to Intel's Desktop Board customer base. Intel sells motherboards to over 150,000 worldwide channels ranging from systems integrators to original equipment manufacturers.
Shimmy Zimels, deltathree's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In our effort to continually expand the market for Internet telephony and reach new customers, we are excited to announce our promotion with Intel to offer their customers additional value through a free trial of our award winning iConnectHere PC-to-Phone service. This offer reflects our focus of working with the world's technology leaders to expand the universe of VoIP end users. We look forward to bringing new visibility to our iConnectHere VoIP service and the cost savings, flexibility and service benefits it provides over traditional circuit switched offerings."
"Intel desktop boards are designed to enhance and simplify the PC user experience, whether it be for the digital home, or digital office environment. The iConnectHere VoIP service offers our customers a new way to communicate to their friends and family worldwide via their PC," said Joel Christensen, Director of Marketing, Intel Desktop Board Operations.
Intel's Desktop Boards special offers, including deltathree's free trial of its iConnectHere VoIP service, can be viewed online at
Founded in 1996, deltathree is a leading provider of hosted, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products and services. deltathree provides private-label products, including Broadband Phone, PC-to-Phone, and Phone-to-Phone, as well as back-office services such as billing, operations management, marketing support, and network management, to service providers worldwide. deltathree's retail division, iConnectHere, provides award-winning VoIP products directly to consumers and businesses. Our high quality Internet telephony solutions are viable and cost-effective alternatives to traditional telephone services.
For more information about deltathree, visit our web site at
For more information about iConnectHere, visit our web site at
Except for historical matters contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect deltathree's business and prospects and cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.
Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ are the inherent uncertainty of financial estimates and projections, the competitive environment for Internet telephony, deltathree's limited operating history, changes of rates of all related telecommunications services, the level and rate of customer acceptance of new products and services, legislation that may affect the Internet telephony industry, rapid technological changes, and other risk factors contained in deltathree's periodic reports on Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q on file with the SEC and available through http://www.sec.gov.