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VIRTUAL PBX AND GIZMO5 ANNOUNCE COMBINED BUSINESS-CLASS VOIP SERVICE AT AN AGGRESSIVE NEW PRICE POINT

Virtual PBX’s iVPBX Service Delivers Full-featured, End-to-End VoIP for Businesses for One-Fourth the Cost of Competing Products or Less


Virtual PBX®, the inventor and leading supplier of hosted business phone services, and Gizmo5, the leading standards-based consumer calling service, today announced a new collaboration that gives clients a complete business-class phone solution that offers the industry’s deepest feature set at a price level well below the current industry standard.


Built on an open-system VoIP peering platform, the new service combines the feature-rich products of both companies. As part of the announcement, Virtual PBX has launched iVPBX,

a new product that provides customers with unlimited inbound calling and no per-minute fees at a price of just under $10 per seat — about one-fourth to one-fifth the cost of most competing plans. Gizmo5 clients who use the new iVPBX product can send calls by IP directly to their Gizmo phones at no cost.


“This deeper relationship with Gizmo5 is a sound next step for Virtual PBX, following on its innovative open VoIP peering technology announced last November,” said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. “The attractive pricing for its new iVPBX product comes at an ideal time given the current economic conditions, and continues Virtual PBX’s leadership in supporting the small business market.”


Virtual PBX has been delivering calls to businesses through its hosted PBX service since 1997. Typically, companies using the service have one main business number for clients to call. Virtual PBX takes those calls, answers them with a “virtual” attendant, and then delivers them to employees using any kind of phone, in any location. This has enabled small firms and those with distributed employees to portray a professional phone image and get top-end features without the expense or maintenance hassles of purchasing their own telecommunications hardware.


Traditional Virtual PBX pricing plans include a varying number of free minutes with a price of 4.4 to 6.5 cents per minute for additional usage. With the new iVPBX product, available now, calls coming in on a local number and sent to a Gizmo5 phone will have no per-minute fee for unlimited use. For more information on iVPBX, visit www.virtualpbx.com/plans-and-prices.


Gizmo5 offers VoIP services to both consumers and businesses. Users can make and receive calls from any computer with browser access to the Internet, or use Gizmo5 to power IP phones. Gizmo adds a whole host of features like call recording, IM, file sharing, and much more. Setting up a Gizmo5 account is free, and so are inbound calls to a Gizmo client, with a small fee for outbound dialing. By adding the Virtual PBX service, business users of Gizmo5 gain all the advantages of a high-end PBX, such as an auto-attendant, transferring calls between users, and routing calls to departments though ACD queues.


“We’re very excited about this partnership,” said Paul Hammond, CEO of Virtual PBX. “Our new iVPBX product gives users a very low-cost plan with unlimited usage, and the combination of Virtual PBX and Gizmo5 delivers the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost of typical hosted IP-PBX offerings.”


Michael Robertson, CEO of Gizmo5, commented, “For Gizmo5 business customers, Virtual PBX’s new iVPBX product adds top-flight PBX services with no hardware or software costs. This is a great example of how standards-based SIP can benefit both service providers and users.”


Both companies will be promoting the partnership. More information about the products and the partnership can be found at www.virtualpbx.com/gizmo5 and www.gizmo5.com/pc/network/virtualpbx.


About Gizmo5

Gizmo5, www.gizmo5.com, is the largest standards-based calling and IM network offering VoIP and IM. Gizmo5 serves more than six million consumer and business users with freely downloadable Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX software, mobile software for J2ME and Symbian phones and a Web-based IM solution with callback available at www.giz5.com.


About Virtual PBX

Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression – especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives small and growing businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. For more information on how your business can benefit from our innovation and passionate commitment to great customer service, visit us on the Web at www.virtualpbx.com.


Virtual PBX is a trademark of VirtualPBX.com, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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