Press Release Summary:
Combining Internet Telephony, standard telephony, and personalized information delivery in cordless phone, hybrid, web-enabled PORTALphone allows consumers to view customized web content on color display. Customers can access news, traffic and weather reports, stock portfolios, entertainment, address books, buddy lists, and IMs. PORTALphone operates on 1.920-1.930 GHz DECT 6.0 spectrum to provide secure wireless connection for up to 6 cordless handsets.
Original Press Release:
RTX America Introduces PORTALphone - First Hybrid, Web-enabled VoIP Cordless Phone
RTX America and Casabi Partner to Deliver New Opportunity for Carriers to Differentiate Services and Value
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 10 -- RTX America, a world leader in wireless product development, today announced PORTALphone, the first hybrid, web-enabled cordless phone allowing consumers to view customized web content on a vivid color display.
The RTX PORTALphone combines Internet Telephony (VoIP), standard telephony and personalized information delivery in an easy-to-use household cordless telephone. The phone is optimized for Casabi's platform to offer rich web content services that have traditionally been tethered to a PC. Customers can now access news, local traffic and weather reports, stock portfolios, entertainment, personal address books, buddy lists, instant messages and much more on the RTX PORTALphone.
The RTX PORTALphone provides better than toll quality voice for up to three simultaneous VoIP calls and allows customers to make and receive calls anywhere in and around the house. The included PORTALphone basestation simultaneously connects to a traditional telephone socket and a broadband Internet connection. The PORTALphone supports SIP-based VoIP telephony as well as standard landline (POTS) telephony.
The RTX PORTALphone enables carriers to differentiate and integrate services while enabling subscribers to personalize their telephony experience for each member of the family. This allows carriers to more effectively attract and retain subscribers and provide additional value-added services to offset the rapid decline in revenue associated with traditional voice calls.
"We believe that the PORTALphone gives carriers a unique opportunity to differentiate their VoIP services and add value beyond just voice," said Curtis Schmidek, vice president of marketing at RTX America. "And customers get the best of both worlds. They can have personalized rich web content and VoIP capabilities on a telephone that seamlessly integrates with their traditional telephone line."
The PORTALphone operates on the newly opened 1.920-1.930GHz "DECT 6.0" spectrum to provide a WiFi-friendly, secure wireless connection for up to six cordless handsets. Its vibrant color screen also provides an ideal vehicle to view WML-based content and services. The SIP-enabled LAN Cordless PORTALphone is the newest generation in the successful "DUALphone" family of products from RTX.
Casabi offers customers a powerful solution for tailoring content on the PORTALphone. Unlike web surfing from the PC, Casabi sources, optimizes and delivers a combination of applications and services for the broadband-connected home phone. For example, Casabi can deliver a user's personal phonebook, buddy list or message inbox directly to the handset. The solution can also push time critical content, such as weather updates, traffic reports or calendar alarms, right to the handset when the user needs it most. Finally, users can choose to create profiles that personalize the home phone (with ring tones, content or information) in much that same way that many users personalize their cellular phones today.
"We are thrilled that RTX shares our vision for a smart home telephone," said Dave Weinstein, vice president of marketing and co-founder of Casabi. "Powered by Casabi, the PORTALphone delivers valuable web-based content and services directly to the telephone handset, where and when they are most needed."
RTX PORTALphone Features:
-- VoIP/landline hybrid phone
-- Display web content on large, high-resolution back-lit color display
-- DECT 6.0 cordless technology (WiFi-friendly)
-- Supports up to three simultaneous VoIP calls
-- Supports multiple phone numbers
-- Multiple handset capability
-- Speakerphone and headset jack (2.5 mm)
-- Remotely upgradeable firmware
-- Rechargeable, standard, replaceable batteries
-- Range: Indoor 150 feet/Outdoor 1000 feet
-- Distinctive ringing indicates landline or VoIP calls
The RTX PORTALphone will be available in early Q2 2006 through select Internet Telephony Service Providers and retail outlets.
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 rtxamerica.com and www.rtxtelecom.com.
Founded in 2004, Casabi provides carriers with an end-to-end solution that enables them to differentiate, integrate, and personalize their core services for the home and family. It allows them to place an extensible communications platform into the home that is under their control and establish communications channels out to broadband enabled devices throughout the home. This results in a stickier and more profitable relationship with their subscribers. For more information, visit www.casabi.com.
NOTE: RTX America, RTX and PORTALphone are registered trademarks of RTX Telecom. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.