Motorola and Skype Make Beautiful Music with New Wireless Internet Calling Kit
New Kit Uses Bluetooth® Wireless Technology to Allow Skype® Users to Multi-Task and Rock on Without Missing an Important Phone Call
Las Vegas – 4 April 2006 – Combining the freedom of hands-free connectivity with mobile entertainment, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Skype, the global Internet communications company, today unveiled the Motorola Talk & Tunes Wireless Internet Calling Kit with stereo – an unprecedented innovation in Bluetooth® technology that lets Skype users simultaneously and wirelessly listen to music and manage calls over the Internet from a PC**.
As a Skype-Certified device, the Talk & Tunes Kit will be put through rigorous tests with Skype software to ensure optimal performance. The kit works with Skype’s free unlimited Internet calling to other Skype users anywhere in the world and delivers the freedom of listening to music wirelessly from a PC without missing important phone calls.
The Talk & Tunes Kit includes the Motorola Bluetooth® Stereo Headphones HT820 for precision audio streaming and the Motorola Bluetooth® PC Adapter PC850. Together, these devices allow you to connect wirelessly to your PC – leaving you free to enjoy your favorite tracks and still be alerted to your voice calls. When a call comes in, the music will automatically pause.
“Little more than a year old, our alliance with Skype has already produced greater connectivity options for consumers,” said Bruce Hawver, vice president and general manager, Motorola, Inc., MobileME products. “And, we’ve just gotten started. We will continue to push the limits on innovative products and solutions that make day-to-day mobile communication and entertainment effortless and enjoyable.”
“Skype is committed to keeping Internet calling easy and fun,” said Saul Klein, vice president of global marketing, Skype. “We will continue to partner with technology leaders like Motorola to bring innovative Skype Certified products to market, ensuring the best possible experience for consumers.”
For true wireless independence, the adapter enables users to roam up to 30 feet away from their computer while controlling both music and voice calls at the touch of a button on the headset.
For calling other Skype users, the Talk & Tunes Kit with Skype software offers free unlimited Internet calling for uninhibited, stress-free conversations.
Motorola will be showcasing the new Motorola Talk & Tunes Wireless Internet Calling Kit as part of Motorola’s rapidly evolving vision of Seamless Mobility during CTIA Wireless 2006 in Booth 2606.
For additional information on the Motorola Talk & Tunes Wireless Internet Calling Kit, please visit www.hellomoto.com.
Pricing and Availability
The Motorola Talk & Tunes Wireless Internet Calling Kit with stereo is expected to be available in the first half of 2006. Specific details will be provided upon consumer availability. Currently, the first Skype-certified Motorola product – the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit, featuring Motorola Bluetooth® Headset H500 and PC Adapter PC850 for hands-free and wire-free voice-over Internet calls, is available at select retail stores nationwide and online at skype.com/store.
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Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com.
Skype is the world’s fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video communication for free between the users of Skype software. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers. Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.
Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used for emergency calling.
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*To work with the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit, the PC or laptop must have a USB port and either Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems.
** Skype service requires users to have broadband connection and subscription to an internet service.
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