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8x8 and Polycom Offer IP Telephony Solutions to VoIP Subscribers

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October 14, 2010

8x8 and Polycom Offer IP Telephony Solutions to VoIP Subscribers

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor

8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT), provider of cloud communications and computing solutions, has announced its partnership agreement with Polycom, Inc., a global provider of unified communications. Polycom's IP telephony and conferencing solutions can now be offered to 8x8 (News - Alert) Virtual Office hosted VoIP subscribers.

8x8's, SoundPoint IP 335 desk phone is a high quality, entry-level SIP phone that seamlessly integrates with 8x8's systems to deliver advanced telephony features such as auto attendant, voicemail, Caller ID, call forwarding, conference bridge and Polycom (News - Alert) HD Voice(TM) at an affordable cost.

These phones also include a capability called Voice Quality Monitoring (VQMON), which gives 8x8 the ability to monitor in real-time the quality of a customer's call. This feature helps quickly diagnose customer issues, provide faster problem resolution and ultimately deliver better service.

"8x8 is very pleased to be working with Polycom as we fulfill our separate, but common, commitment to deliver affordable, high quality voice solutions to businesses of all sizes," said 8x8 chairman & CEO Bryan Martin (News - Alert). "Polycom's reliable, cutting edge offerings will be a valuable addition to our IP phone portfolio and a tremendous vehicle for enabling our Virtual Office customers to experience and benefit from technological advancements such as HD Voice," Martin added.

"8x8 has established itself as an innovative and successful provider of hosted PBX and unified communications services and we look forward to working together to offer cost-effective, high-quality voice solutions," said Jim Kruger (News - Alert), Polycom vice president of Solutions Product Marketing. "With more and more businesses gravitating toward cloud-based solutions, features like HD voice, integration with key business applications, and other powerful IP-enabled features have become an increasingly important component of any communications solution," he said.

The Polycom SoundPoint IP 335 desktop phone is available now with 8x8's mainstream Virtual Office service plans and can be ordered directly from 8x8.

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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