October 09, 2007 11:00 ET

IPEVO Simplifies Internet Voice Calls With SOLO Desktop Skype Phone

Newly Available SOLO Gives Customers the Freedom to Place and Receive Skype Calls Without a Computer

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - IPEVO, Skype™ partner and leading manufacturer of experience-driven Internet devices, today announced the launch of SOLO -- a stand-alone Skype desktop internet phone that enables users to place Skype voice calls without a computer. An always-on Skype Certified™ device, SOLO brings the familiarity and functionality of a traditional telephone to Skype's popular internet communications software.

Equipped with an RJ-45 Ethernet connector, SOLO works wherever a broadband Internet connection is available. The phone comes embedded with Skype software, enabling users to make and receive Skype voice calls right out of the box. Setup is as simple as plugging in the network cable, logging into the user's Skype account and placing a call. SOLO supports Skype-to-Skype, SkypeIn™, SkypeOut™ and Skype Voicemail -- enabling customers to take advantage of Skype's free calling to other Skype users, as well as low-cost rates to mobile phones and landlines anywhere in the world.

"Technology is not meant to be complex. In fact, the most innovative products fit in perfectly with our everyday lives -- and become second nature," said Edward Lucero VP & general manager of IPEVO North America. "SOLO reflects this philosophy. We've made placing a Skype call as easy and familiar as placing a regular phone call. Users no longer need to power up their computer to place an Internet call."

By bringing the familiarity and simplicity of traditional telephony to internet communications, SOLO is poised to broaden Skype's outreach to mass consumers and create a cohesive integration of internet voice calling with consumers' everyday lives.

Key features of the SOLO include:

--  One-click speakerphone function for hands-free talking
--  LED indications for power on/off, missed call, message, mute and
    speakerphone mode
--  Memory keys for speed dials
--  2.4" TFT color LCD display with adjustable viewing angle
--  FCC, CE, VCCI, and RoHS compliant

SOLO will launch in the US markets beginning October 9 for $169.99 U.S. MSRP. "IPEVO has packaged the SOLO with a 90 minute SkypeOut voucher, a quick start guide, and built in accounts to make it easier for non-Skype users."

Known for its iconic line of award-winning Skype hardware, IPEVO has established a reputation for developing products that seamlessly integrate into users' lifestyles and living spaces. SOLO continues the company's tradition of combining urban minimalism with smart, functional design. SOLO features a sleek black body with a black or white handset, along with an easy-to-read 2.4" TFT color LCD display.


IPEVO creates Internet devices to expand and extend the experience of web based services and applications. Renown for its iconic line of best-selling Skype hardware, IPEVO has established a reputation for innovating award-wining designs and affordable products for seamless web integration. For more information, visit

Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

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