Motorola and Skype Bring Mobility to Internet Voice Communications with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
New Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit – a Skype-certified Bluetooth offering -- now available at RadioShack retailers nationwide
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. and LUXEMBOURG –November 21, 2005 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless communications, and Skype, a global Internet communications company, today announced the first Skype-certified Bluetooth headset solution in America, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit. Available at 3,500 RadioShack stores nationwide, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit enables Skype users to experience the freedom of wireless while making free, unlimited voice calls over the Internet*.
Comprised of a Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset and PC850 PC Adapter, the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit also includes 30 free SkypeOut minutes so users can make Skype calls to mobile and landline phones without additional charges. To experience wireless communications, users plug in the Motorola PC850 PC Adapter to equip traditional laptops and PCs with Bluetooth technology, load the required software onto the PC and follow a simple, step-by-step procedure to establish the cordless connection between the PC and Motorola H500 headset**.
The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit is the latest offering from Motorola and Skype. Leveraging Motorola’s strength in seamless mobility, advanced technologies, devices and accessories along with Skype’s rapidly-growing global user base and rich voice and messaging communication tools, the companies aim to provide greater connectivity options and access for Skype’s more than 66 million registered worldwide users.
“Motorola and Skype are combining the power of Internet telephony with Bluetooth technology, redefining the ways that consumers can stay in touch,” said Bruce Hawver, vice president and general manager, Motorola, Inc., Companion Products. “Multi-taskers will be impressed with the streamlined communications, using the Motorola H500 Bluetooth Headset for either wire-free mobile or Internet-based calls.”
“By working with Motorola, we’re delivering products that make Skype more accessible to consumers and businesses,” said Niklas Zennström, Skype CEO and co-founder. “The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit is the first Skype-recommended Bluetooth solution in America, reinforcing our mission to evolve the Skype solution beyond the desktop for on-the-go communications.”
With up to approximately eight hours of talk time and a lightweight, ergonomic fit, the Motorola H500 empowers Skype users to embrace wireless connectivity for Internet calls — up to 30 feet away from a Bluetooth-enabled PC. Skype users can also have calls automatically forwarded to their compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones when away from the PC and use the Motorola H500 Headset to wirelessly conduct cord-free conversations on their mobile phone***.
Pricing and Availability
The Skype Motorola Kit is available today at RadioShack and at the online Skype store, www.skype.com, for $99.99. For additional details on availability or pricing, please contact your local representative.
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, on-the-go. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.
Skype allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, voice calls, chat and share files. Skype is available in 27 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Skype has been downloaded more than 200 million times in 225 countries and territories. 66 million people are registered to use Skype’s free services, with over 175 thousand new registered users each day, and more than 4 million people using Skype simultaneously at any one time. Skype earns revenue through its premium service offerings, and has a growing network of global affiliates, and a community of developers working with the Skype APIs. Skype Technologies SA is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in London and Estonia, and in 15 other countries with users in every nation. Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit www.skype.com.
Skype is not a telephony replacement service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Note to Editors: Digital imagery of the Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit can be seen at: www.motorola.com/motoinfo.
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*The Skype service enables free, unlimited Internet calling from one Skype user to another.
** 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.
***Your handset must support “headset” and “hands-free” profiles.
The Motorola Wireless Internet Calling Kit is tested and approved as a Skype Certified Product.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Motorola, Inc. under license. © Motorola, Inc. 2005.
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