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Johanne Torres[September 30, 2004]

Linksys Double Hooks VoiceWing


Cisco System, Inc.’s Linksys division announced it teamed up with Verizon ( news - alert - quote) to provide VoiceWing subscribers with double port phone adapters. Subscribers of Verizon’s VoIP service VoiceWing will be receiving the new devices bundled up in the installation kits.

The new phone adapter is a small device that goes on the user’s desktop, converting analog telephone calls into digital packets that travel over the Internet. It also enables certain calling and call-management features for the VoiceWing service.

"The new phone adapter from Linksys will allow us to provide additional services for our VoiceWing customers in the future and includes technology that will help customers get their service up and running more quickly than ever before," said Michelle Swittenberg, executive director of consumer and small-business VoIP services for Verizon. "It's a small, sleek device with two phone ports that will ultimately support our customers' ability to add another phone line or fax line to their service."

Charlie Giancarlo, Cisco-Linksys president, said, "Combining Verizon's VoiceWing Broadband Phone service and our Linksys Phone Adapter provides a complete solution to getting home users up and running with a high quality broadband VoIP phone service. Linksys believes that VoIP will be a leading application with the use of a broadband connection in the home over the next year. Our relationship with Verizon will help to educate the market and drive demand while at the same time offering quality service, support and products that today's home-user demands."

Two months old VoiceWing was introduced by Verizon Long Distance wanting to provide broadband users nationwide with low-cost flat-rate, unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling services over IP. The service offers enhanced features such as call logging, click-to-dial, call-forwarding, scheduled call-back, phone-based and online voice mail, personal address book, and 411-directory assistance.

VoiceWing also offers a pretty interesting feature—the service forwards the users’ calls to a back-up number in case of a power or broadband outage. The service is portable and gives customers the freedom to use their adapter with any DSL or cable modem broadband connection.

Linksys’ announcement follows the company’s recent deployment of a bundle of software tools that help setup and configure wireless home networks. The software tools available in the new Easy Toolkit will be offered this fall with select Linksys Wireless-G and SpeedBooster products.

Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.

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