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Uniden Sees Opportunity in VOIP

Techstination feature for Friday, October 7, 2005

Making phone calls over the Internet. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Companies such as Vonage have been in the business for years, selling phone services that route calls over the Internet. Big phone companies and cable operators see opportunity there too…..and even EBay is getting in on the act with its purchase of Skype. And it also spells opportunity for the largest maker of cordless phones….Uniden. President Rich Tosi….

"Currently today the voice over Internet solution has been a small box or a terminal adaptor that a consumer can buy, hook up into their broadband connection and then plug in their existing telephone. The limitation on that, however, is that you can only use that one telephone hooked up into that one particular terminal adaptor. What the Uniden cordless phone offering will allow you to do is expand the handsets. We have a 5.8 digital expandable system which will allow you to add up to nine additional handsets and everyone in the house can now be tapping into that broadband connection and making voice over Internet calls."

Having the terminal adaptor built into the cordless phone base means less clutter. A system with a base unit and one additional handset is being sold by voice over Internet provider Packet8 or 159 dollars. An unlimited calling plan for the U.S. sells for 19.95. If you have voice over IP service with a terminal adaptor from just about any provider already, it is simple to add a standard cordless phone system….to let you use the service throughout the house. You can find us on the Web at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.