XO Communications XOptions Flex VoIP Service

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XO Communications XOptions Flex VoIP Service

Looks like someone else is going to take a crack at the VoIP for business market which was recently abandoned by Level3 (their 3Tone product). Let us hope XO Communications can fare better than Level3 did.

Here's the release:

Now Available in 45 Major Markets, Including More Than 1,000 Cities Nationwide Combines Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calling with Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation for a Flat Monthly Rate

XO Communications, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: XOCM.OB) today announced the nationwide rollout of XOptions(R) Flex, its industry-leading Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services bundle for businesses. XOptions Flex is now available in 45 major metropolitan markets, which includes more than 1,000 cities nationwide.

XOptions Flex is an integrated VoIP services solution that gives business customers enhanced features, functionality and value for their voice and Internet services, all in one simple package. It is the industry's first VoIP services bundle for businesses that combines unlimited local and long distance calling, dedicated Internet access and web hosting services for a flat monthly price.

"XOptions Flex offers businesses across the country the most comprehensive and flexible VoIP services bundle," said Craig Collins, vice president of product management at XO Communications. "VoIP is truly revolutionizing the telecommunications industry, and XOptions Flex leverages the power of the Internet to provide a high quality and reliable communications solution that integrates voice and data over a single broadband connection with more valuable features for small and medium-sized businesses that save them time and money."

The service leverages the latest in VoIP technology to provide customers with next generation communications capabilities, such as unlimited voice calling, dynamic bandwidth allocation, voice virtual private networking (VPN), and a simple Administrative Web Portal. With a broadband connection on the XO IP network, it utilizes XO's award-winning national IP network and softswitch technology to carry customers' voice calls more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional services that rely on the public switched telephone network. In addition, businesses can take full advantage of all of these IP-enabled capabilities and features without having to replace their existing analog phone systems.

"Businesses are ready to adopt VoIP and take advantage of its ability to more cost-effectively improve communications with customers and among employees," said William Stofega, Research Manager with IDC's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Services Program. "The providers that will differentiate themselves are those that offer more features with the flexibility to deliver true business benefits. XOptions Flex provides that flexibility with a simple, integrated VoIP solution that can expand as businesses' voice and data needs grow."

"We are very pleased with the features, performance and value of XOptions Flex," said Wendi Westbrook, office manager of Alpha Biosciences, a Baltimore-based business specializing in the production of culture media for the biological sciences industries. "The quality of our phone calls is excellent and, with unlimited local and long distance calling, dynamic bandwidth allocation and a toll free number at no additional charge, we are getting more capabilities and value for our telecommunications budget. As a business that expects to grow substantially over the next two years, XOptions Flex has the flexibility to grow with us as our business needs expand."

Features
XOptions Flex includes more than twenty standard voice features for each
phone line including call forward, three-way calling, and voice mail. Key
features of the service include:

-- Dedicated Internet Access up to 3 Mbps
-- Dynamic bandwidth allocation
-- Unlimited local calling
-- Unlimited inbound and outbound domestic long distance calling
-- An easy-to-use Administrative Web Portal for making real-time changes to services
-- Web Basic Hosting Package
-- Additional voice lines, hosting and other applications can also be added on an a la carte basis.

XOptions Flex is now available in major metropolitan areas across the United States, including Akron, Allentown, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Jersey City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Newark, Oakland, Orange County, CA, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Scranton, Seattle, Spokane, Tampa, Trenton, Washington, DC, West Palm Beach, and Wilmington, DE.

To support the national rollout of XOptions Flex, XO plans a national
print advertising campaign that will highlight how businesses will benefit
from the service.

For more information about XOptions Flex visit http://www.xo.com/flex or contact an XO sales representative by calling (866) 963-9696.

About XO Communications
XO Communications is a leading provider of national and local telecommunications services to businesses, large enterprises and telecommunications companies. XO offers a complete portfolio of services, including local and long distance voice, dedicated Internet access, private networking, data transport, and Web hosting services as well as bundled voice and Internet solutions. XO provides these services over an advanced, national acilities-based IP network and serves more than 70 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.xo.com.



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