|Accton is Selected as Manufacturer for EatherLink's Wi-Fi phone Initiative|
---Anaheim Municipal Wireless Network Site for Wi-Fi Phone Beta Testing
March 21 , 2007 – Accton Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 2345), a global premier provider of networking and communications equipment, is selected by EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) to manufacture handsets for the company's Wi-Fi phone initiative. EarthLink Wi-Fi phones will allow consumers to save money by making high-quality phone calls over the Internet using a wireless handset. EarthLink began beta testing phones this month on the company's municipal wireless network in Anaheim, Calif.
“We are very pleased to partner with EarthLink,” said Ken Lu, President of Accton Technology. “Providing Accton's SIP-based Wi-Fi phone to EarthLink proves that Accton’s VoIP design and manufacturing quality meets different next-generation voice service standards and provides the great cost saving to consumers.”
“What separates our Wi-Fi phone from others is its ability to work over EarthLink's municipal Wi-Fi networks,” said Steve Howe, EarthLink's vice president of voice. “This means that EarthLink is now bringing cheap phone calls using the Internet to the world of mobile – a major breakthrough. We expect that many people who use cell phones today in our municipal Wi-Fi markets will want to switch to a Wi-Fi phone to take advantage of the significant cost savings.” He added that EarthLink's Wi-Fi phones round-out the company's full suite of Internet voice products, which also include trueVoice, a low-cost telephone service, and DSL and Home Phone Service, which combines low-cost phone service with ultra-fast high speed Internet.
EarthLink Wi-Fi phones will allow consumers to make Internet phone calls from a wireless handset to any traditional landline, cell phone or VoIP phone. The handsets will work directly on EarthLink's municipal wireless networks and can also connect via a wireless router attached to the user's wired home broadband network. Service and the phone handset will be free during the Anaheim beta test.
EarthLink will provide consumers with a complete Wi-Fi phone solution for an easy and smooth installation. EarthLink's Wi-Fi phone package comes with a handset and a cradle that acts a charger as well as an indoor Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g router. The cradle is plugged into a power source and a broadband Ethernet connection. When consumers are in the coverage area of the cradle or any EarthLink municipal wireless network, the phone will automatically be connected to EarthLink's voice network.