RTX America Launches DUALphone - Skype-certified Hybrid Landline/Internet Cordless Phone

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Easy-to-use DUALphone Enables More Consumers To Experience Benefits of Skype

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    SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 6 -RTX America, a world leader in wireless product development, today announced the U.S. availability of DUALphone, a Skype-certified hybrid phone that allows consumers to combine the benefits of traditional phone lines with the advanced Skype Internet calling capabilities using a single cordless phone.

    "With the growing popularity of consumer electronics, we are excited to be working with our partners to offer Skype-certified hardware," said James Bilefield, vice president of business development for Skype. "Skype allows people everywhere to connect quickly and easily with colleagues and loved ones. Skype certified products such as the DUALphone are making it even easier to communicate with those most important to you."

    The DUALphone is easy to use and features wideband audio technology resulting in superior voice quality. The telephone features a highly intuitive user interface that bridges the gap between traditional phone service and the future world of VoIP. When placing a call, consumers dial as usual then press the PC button to dial using Skype or the telephone button to use traditional phone lines.

    "We've eliminated the need to sit in front of a PC when placing Skype calls," said Chris Tubis, CEO of RTX America. "By creating a hybrid phone that supports standard telephone line service, we are providing customers with an easy way to integrate powerful Skype functionality into their everyday lives."

    The included DUALphone charging station simultaneously connects to a traditional telephone socket and to a PC via USB. The DUALphone fully supports Skype to Skype, Skype to landline, landline to Skype and landline to landline calls.

    In addition to standard telephone functionality the DUALphone features Skype-specific enhancements such as a display that lists a user's Skype contacts (presence) as well as an audible notification beep when a contact comes online. The DUALphone is one of many upcoming results of a marketing and license agreement between RTX and Skype.

    RTX DUALphone Features:

    -- Internet calling/landline hybrid phone

    -- Skype certified

    -- Skype buddy list and status displayed on handset

    -- Superior wideband audio

    -- DECT 6.0 cordless technology (WiFi-friendly)

    -- Rechargeable and replaceable battery

    -- Backlit LCD display

    -- Standard headset connecter

    -- Multiple handset capacity

    -- Upgradeable firmware

    -- Range: Indoor 150 feet/Outdoor 1000 feet

    -- Distinctive ring indicates landline or Skype calls

    Pricing and Availability

    The RTX DUALphone is available immediately online at http://www.dualphone-us.com, the Skype Store http://www.skype.com/store and at select retail outlets. Suggested retail price for the DUALphone is US$139.99.

    About RTX America

    RTX America Inc., based in San Jose, California, USA, to develop the North American market for VoIP, is a subsidiary of RTX Telecom A/S., a wireless product development company specializing in development of advanced wireless communication solutions and OEM Products across the entire range of wireless technologies (DECT, DPRS, VoIP, IEEE 802.11a/b/g, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz, NMT, GSM, GPRS, TD-SCDMA and Bluetooth). The company is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and the customer list includes many of the world's leading manufacturers of wireless communication devices. Additional information can be found on http://www.rtxamerica.com and http://www.rtxtelecom.com.

    About Skype

    Skype is the world's fastest-growing service for Internet communication, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video calls for free. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium service offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding services. Skype also has a growing network of hardware and software partners. Skype is an eBay company (Nasdaq: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.

    Skype is not a telephony replacement service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

    RTX America, RTX and DUALphone are registered trademarks of RTX Telecom. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

     Media Contact:

     Anders Steele

     FortyThree, Inc.


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