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Linksys and Skype Team Up to Launch New Cordless Handset to Drive

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 11 Oct 2005 23:04:27 -0400

New Cordless Internet Phone Provides Convenient Use of Free Skype
Internet Calls

IRVINE, Calif., and LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Linksys(R), a
Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., the recognized leading provider of
voice, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer, Small
Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business user, and Skype, the
Global Internet Communications Company, today announced their global
relationship that will include marketing a new cordless phone that
takes free Skype Internet phone calling off the computer and puts it
into the hands of callers.

The new Internet Telephony Kit (CIT200) provides callers with a
convenient alternative to making free Skype calls while sat at their
computer, giving them the freedom to make free Skype calls wherever
they are in the home or office. The CIT200 is the first Skype-enabled
product bundled with a Skype starter pack.

The CIT200 will be available from 17 October from more than 3,000
online and high street retailers throughout North America, Latin
America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The Internet Telephony Kit includes a handset, charger and a USB base
station that plugs into a computer's USB port. The handset lets
callers take their free Skype calling off the PC and into other rooms
using the compatible USB base station. The handset can read and
display callers' Skype contact list on its built-in illuminated
display, letting callers know which of their Skype contacts are online
and ready to be called. The handset also supports SkypeOut, SkypeIn
and Skype Voicemail, low-cost premium services that lets callers make
and receive calls to family, friends and colleagues using traditional
landlines or cell phones, and send and receive messages up to 10
minutes long.

The handset also includes a number of convenient features for Skype users:

* Supports call waiting
* Mute button
* 3 available ring tones
* Intercom support to between multiple handsets
* Built-in speakerphone
* Color LCD panel
* Up to 120 hour standby time and 10 hour talk time
* Hold Button
* Caller ID
* Address Book that supports up 120 contacts
* Ringer -- Off/On switch
* Navigation button for screen
* Utilizes voice encryption for high security
* Headset jack for connecting a headset
* Uses DECT wireless technology so won't interfere with 2.4GHz
phones or devices
* Single base station supports up to four additional DECT based phones
* Handset locater button on USB base station
* Handset is light and comfortable to use (4.23 oz/ 0.12kg)


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