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MEDIA INFORMATION

GOSSIPTEL LAUNCHES FREE GLOBAL CALLS FOR UK BROADBAND CONSUMERS
- If it’s good to talk, it’s better to gossip
- Free calls to more than a million global broadband telephony users
- Calls 2.5p a minute or less to 22 countries on ordinary phone network

25.05.04: Today sees the launch of Gossiptel, the UK’s first consumer broadband telephony service to offer free global calls to every broadband household.

Owners can make and receive telephone calls via a broadband Internet connection rather than over the ordinary telephone network and they will receive a free second line and 0870 telephone number to do so. The service runs independently of any home computer.

This offers a great boost for families who find that their primary line is always busy and parents can provide their children with a pre-fixed allowance for calls made on that second line.

Outgoing calls to consumers of any other broadband telephony services which use the industry standard “SIP” technology are completely free. SIP has been adopted by all the major software and hardware manufacturers including Microsoft, Cisco, Siemens and Mitel.

It is estimated there are already more than a million people worldwide using SIP enabled technology to make and receive free calls and Gossiptel members can call the vast majority of them for free, with no time limit. The service does not lock customers into only calling other Gossiptel customers as many other Internet telephony services, such as Skype, do.

CHEAP CALLS TO NON – SIP PHONES
Calls to normal (PSTN) telephone numbers are at some of the lowest national and international rates available, since Gossiptel does not have to use BT’s phone network at all. This includes calls to some 22 countries, including the whole of Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand for just 2.5p per minute or less at any time of the day or night. That’s less than the price of a daytime call to a local number on BT.

SET UP
There is no charge to register with Gossiptel and no monthly rental or set up charge. Anyone who has a broadband connection via an ADSL line or a cable modem can sign up for the service and make and receive calls by registering at www.gossiptel.com or by calling 0870 930 0700.

Customers can choose to purchase an Internet telephony adapter which allows them to use any existing phone handset including cordless phones or, if they prefer, they can purchase a package of the adapter and a phone handset which supports all of the advanced caller display and messaging features that are available to Gossiptel users.(*1) Both can be bought online at www.gossiptel.com. Alternatively, customers can install Gossiptel’s free software onto their home computer and use a headset and microphone to make and receive calls instead.

CALL FEATURES
All members will get a host of additional call management features for free, equivalent to BT’s “Calling Features” service. BT charges £1.75 per month for any one of these features or £4.25 per month for all of them. Gossiptel offers all of them free of charge.

· Free Caller Display with Name
· Free Call Waiting
· Free 3-way calling
· Voicemail
· Free Message Waiting Indication
· Free Call Forward on busy or no reply
· Free Call Transfer

Gossiptel's free Voicemail is more powerful than BT's enhanced service, 'Call Minder', which costs £2.50 per month. With Gossiptel every member automatically receives;
· Fully Customisable Personal Greeting
· Delivery of new voice messages to your email inbox
· Message Waiting Indication on phones with compatible caller display
· Audible Message Waiting 'stutter' tone on all phones
· Ability to change number of seconds before Voicemail answers
· No limits on storage space or storage time

Kim Thesiger, Co-founder of Gossiptel said: “It really wasn’t that long ago that a minority of us had email, but now almost everyone has an email address. Given that BT have stated that they will make broadband available to exchanges serving 99.6% of UK homes and businesses by the Summer of 2005, I believe the uptake of broadband telephony will rocket in the next 18 months with people signing up purely to take advantage of free and cheap telephone calls.”
He added, “One of the key audiences to snap up a service like ours will be families with teenagers, who can effectively gain access to a free second line for their talkative teens. ”
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(*1) See attached price list

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Julie Watson, Sarah Baron or Lisa Hulme
Big-mouths PR
Gossip to us on: 0870 9300138
Talk to us on: 020 7385 0009
Email: gossiptel@big-mouths.com

Notes To Editors
Gossiptel Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of VOIP Systems Ltd. The company is a joint venture between telecommunications provider, Call UK; Internet hosting and consultancy specialist, Gradwell dot com Ltd; helpdesk and customer support specialist iDesk Group Ltd and Internet telephony start up Gossiptel. The management team includes Steve Berry, Chairman of iDesk, Anthony Gleave, Managing Director of Call UK and Kim Thesiger, Gossiptel founder and co-founder of ITSPA, the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association. (www.itspa.org.uk).

Call UK was established in 1997 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telco Electronics. A UK licenced specialist telecommunications provider, it delivers niche managed services and network solutions for specialist user groups. CALL UK has a proven track record OF successfully carrying voice, fax and data for world-class organisations over its own core switched infrastructure which includes major nodes in London, Amsterdam and Northamptonshire. As an established circuit switched and internet telephony service provider, CALL UK provides high quality bi-directional VoIP to PSTN gateway services with billing and number porting for a wide range of customers.

Gradwell dot com Ltd is a specialist UK hosting and Internet development company, founded by Peter Gradwell. Mr Gradwell has a long and respected involvement in the UK Internet industry through the Nominet Policy Advisory Board, is a Director of a number of Internet and Telecoms related Businesses and is a founding member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association

iDesk Group Ltd is a world class provider of customer management and support solutions for contact centres and technology leaders. The company's strategy is based on a clear understanding of customer interaction, technology and business processes - to help clients improve service, retain clients, win new business and cut costs. Customers include UUnet (MCI), Barclays Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cable & Wireless, Nildram and more recently V.21.

PACKAGES
Getting Started with Gossiptel:
· 'Free gossip' gives you your own 0870 number and allows you to make free calls to other Internet phones.
· With 'Top-Up Gossip' you can add calling credit to your account so that you can make calls to 'ordinary' phones at some of the cheapest national or international rates available.
· Or you can choose from one of our great value Starter Packs that include the best selling Sipura 2000 Internet Phone Adapter which allows you to use any phone handset as your Internet Telephone and includes up to £7.50 of free calling credit.
Starter Pack 1: Includes adapter to attach to existing display phone
£79.99 exc.VAT (£93.99 inc. VAT)
- £5 free calling credit (for calling non-SIP / internet phones)
- No monthly charge
- Free calls to other internet phones
- Your own 0870 number
- Free softphone (for your PC or Mac)
- Free voicemail with email delivery option
- Caller ID with name
- Call waiting
- Call transfer
- Three-way conferencing
- Call forwarding on busy or no reply
- Online account management
- Online list of dialled, received and missed calls
- Online personal address book
- Telephone support available 9am-9pm
- Low cost national and international calling (when calling non SIP / internet phones)
- Sipura SPA-200 SIP adaptor (to use with normal household telephone)
- Browser based configuration or remote configuration by support staff
- RJ45 Ethernet connection to your network
- 2 analogue phone sockets so can plug in more than one handset (running on same number)
- 2 independent phone lines so customers can have 2 different numbers
- message waiting indication (MWI) support
- dedicated support line


Starter Pack 2: Includes Betacom 500 display phone and adapter
£98.99 exc. VAT (£116.31 inc. VAT)
- £7.50 free calling credit (for calling non-SIP / internet phones)
- No monthly charge
- Free calls to other internet phones
- Your own 0870 number
- Free softphone (for your PC or Mac)
- Free voicemail with email delivery option
- Caller ID with name
- Call waiting
- Call transfer
- Three-way conferencing
- Call forwarding on busy or no reply
- Online account management
- Online list of dialled, received and missed calls
- Online personal address book
- Telephone support available 9am-9pm
- Low cost national and international calling (when calling non SIP / internet phones)
- Sipura SPA-200 SIP adaptor (to use with normal household telephone)
- Browser based configuration or remote configuration by support staff
- RJ45 Ethernet connection to your network
- 2 analogue phone sockets so can plug in more than one handset (running on same number)
- 2 independent phone lines so customers can have 2 different numbers
- message waiting indication (MWI) support
- dedicated support line
- Betacom CTT-500 handset (telephone)
- Caller ID with name and MWI
- Extra large display
- Hands free operation
- Speed dial and 6 programmable keys
- 65 name & number memory
Top-Up Gossip: COST = top-up from £5 (for calling traditional (non-SIP) phones)


- No monthly charge
- Free calls to other internet phones
- Your own 0870 number
- Free softphone (for your PC or Mac)
- Free voicemail with email delivery option
- Caller ID with name
- Call waiting
- Call transfer
- Three-way conferencing
- Call forwarding on busy or no reply
- Online account management
- Online list of dialled, received and missed calls
- Online personal address book
- Telephone support available 9am-9pm
- Low-cost national and international calling (when calling non-SIP / internet phones)


Free Gossip: COST = FREE

- No monthly charge
- Free calls to other internet phones
- Your own 0870 number
- Free softphone (for your PC or Mac)
- Free voicemail with email delivery option
- Caller ID with name
- Call waiting
- Call transfer
- Three-way conferencing
- Call forwarding on busy or no reply
- Online account management
- Online list of dialled, received and missed calls
- Online personal address book
- Telephone support available 9am-9pm







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