SOURCE: Toktumi

May 19, 2008 10:00 ET

Toktumi Signs Its First Distribution Deal With Staples

Small Businesses Now Have Easy Access to Big Business Phone Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - Toktumi Inc., the new comprehensive small business phone service, has signed its first distribution relationship with Staples. The PC-based service offers an enterprise-grade, hosted office phone system for small businesses that can be set up in five minutes and supports the use of any regular corded, cordless, or speaker phone via Toktumi's Phone Adapter. The Phone Adapter is available today at Staples.com ( www.staples.com/toktumi) and works exclusively with Toktumi's service, which is sold separately.

"Both Staples and Toktumi share a commitment to helping small business owners run their companies efficiently," said Peter Sisson, founder and CEO of Toktumi. "I'm very excited to launch our first distribution deal with such an outstanding company."

According to IDC, a market intelligence firm, over 40 million Americans work in small offices and home-based businesses of 1-9 employees. Many of these businesses are frustrated with the high cost, limited features, and lack of flexibility that existing office phone systems offer.

"Staples.com is a central resource that makes it easy to increase workplace productivity for our small business customers," said Pete Howard, Senior Vice President of Staples Business Delivery. "Since Toktumi's small business phone service is so easy to set up and use, it's a great addition to the broad range of office products and services Staples offers online."

Toktumi brings advanced business phone service to small businesses without hassle or high cost. This complete solution, which includes a direct phone number for each line, is easy to set up, requiring no technical support. Toktumi's phone service works wherever an employee connects their PC to the Internet, even over Wi-Fi. There is no need to install a wired LAN or special phones.

Toktumi's latest release includes several enhancements:

--  Area codes spanning 80 US markets, allowing small businesses to
    instantly set up their phone service in a US region of their choice;
--  Addition of new telecom carrier partners, offering higher quality
    voice transmission for domestic and international calls;
--  Outstanding quality of service over WiFi, making it a perfect solution
    for mobile or virtual workforces;
--  Enhancements to Visual Voicemail, including voicemail to email;
--  Enhancements to multi-line office support and centralized billing, so
    customers can easily add lines and monitor usage from a single report;
--  Built-in call recording capabilities, improved call history access,
    and other UI improvements;
--  Number portability for customers who wish to move their existing phone
    number(s) to Toktumi.
    

Existing features include auto-receptionist, conferencing for up to 20 people, call forwarding, call transfer, call waiting, and Toktumi's unique feature, "search dialing." This taps into address books and online search engines to allow users to call any number by typing a name, company name or keyword describing the product or service for which they are looking.

Toktumi's monthly service fee is $12.95 per month for each line, which includes access to all features and can be cancelled at any time without obligation. Outbound calling costs two cents per minute to most phones worldwide. Unlike many competing services, inbound calls to Toktumi lines are free. Toktumi's Phone Adapter carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

About Toktumi

Founded in 2006, San Francisco, California-based Toktumi is dedicated to making reliable, affordable communications services available to small offices and home-based businesses by dramatically simplifying the way customers acquire, setup, and use their phone service. Toktumi is available now through www.staples.com/toktumi or at Toktumi's website. For more information on Toktumi, visit www.toktumi.com.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Ann Revell-Pechar
    Toktumi
    678-954-8501
    cell: 404-550-0802
    ann at revellpechar dot com