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ASUS is pleased to present the world’s first Skype Certified™ videophone dedicated to unlimited, free video calling over the Internet without the need for a computer.

Developed in conjunction with Skype, the compact, user-friendly and portable Eee Videophone is part of the Eee Videophone product family.

Key Features and functions:

The World’s First PC-Free Videophone for Skype boasts a range of features and functions that make it a great choice for business or personal use:

AV Hardware
The unit sports a large clear 7” LCD display.

Alongside the LCD, the unit features an integrated webcam, speaker and microphone, providing exceptional sound quality for all calls.
Furthermore with high quality video sensor onboard the Eee Videophone webcam operates better than other camera solutions under low lux environment (i.e. within darker rooms).

For users who wish to have privacy during their calls a standard mini-jack headset and microphone are also supplied.

Firmware
The unit provides an intuitive, easy to use Icon-Based User Interface that’s a snip to use for even the most techno-phobic.

Connectivity
Dual connectivity is also included - both Wireless (WiFi) and Wired (LAN) functionality is available for internet calls.

Portability
The Eee Videophone doesn’t need to be attached to a wall socket or to a PC during usage as it includes a built-in, rechargeable battery. So not only can it be conveniently situated anywhere, users also won’t suffer from a ‘blackout’ whilst moving from room to room during conversation.

Availability
Consumers in Europe can pre-order the Eee Videophone from either amazon.co.uk or the Skype shop, priced at around £219.95.

Please see specification for full technical detail.

The simple-to-use, icon-based interface and intuitive button layout take the complexity out of Internet calling - making it easy for anyone to make and receive Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls. Users can even join voice conferences, making the Eee Videophone an inexpensive, all-in-one voice and video conferencing solution for small businesses as well as home users. Furthermore, the Eee Videophone allows users to make and receive calls to and from fixed and mobile lines at extremely low cost rates. Users can subscribe to one of Skype’s popular unlimited calling* subscriptions or purchase Skype credit to make outgoing calls at www.skype.com

“The Eee Videophone is Skype’s first foray with a partner into the videophone category,” said Manrique Brenes, Skype’s director of business development and product management for consumer electronics. “With more than 25% of Skype-to-Skype calls including video, we know that video calling is an easy, accessible and relevant way for people to communicate. The videophone offers the benefits of video calling to a much wider audience, allowing friends and families to share their worlds face-to-face without being tied to a computer.”

The Eee Videophone offers the quickest and easiest way to make free video calls - at no point is a computer or additional software required. Users can get it up and running in three simple steps:

1. Connect to a broadband connection, either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable
2. Sign-in with an existing Skype name or create a new one
3. Start video calling

About Skype

Founded in 2003, Skype is revolutionizing the way people communicate around the world. Skype has more than 370 million registered users globally who use Skype software to communicate for free through voice and video calls as well as instant messages. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings, such as calls made to and from landlines and mobiles, voicemail, call forwarding, and SMS. Skype is used in almost every country on Earth, and people have made more than 100 billion minutes worth of free Skype-to-Skype calls. Conversations over Skype can take place on computers, mobile devices and Skype Certified™ hardware. Skype certifies and sells hundreds of hardware products from more than 50 partners, and works with hundreds of third-party developers who have created plug-ins to extend Skype’s functionality.

Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). Learn more and download Skype at www.skype.com.
Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and can not be used for emergency calling.

Skype, associated trade marks and logos and the “S” symbol are trade marks of Skype Limited.

About ASUS

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS was rated No.1 in quality and service by the Wall Street Journal Asia. With an unparalleled commitment to innovation and quality ASUS won 2568 awards in 2007 – an average of 7 awards for every day of the year.
Over a remarkably short period of time ASUS has become one of the top laptop manufacturers worldwide creating compelling computer experiences that have delighted consumers across the world. ASUS are the Fastest Growing Laptop Brand in Europe and ASUS sales are outstripping manufacturers who traditionally dominated the market.

ASUS notebooks have changed the face of the consumer electronics market place with the introduction of highly original and ground breaking notebooks like the Eee PC™ family and the Lamborghini range. ASUS’s design excellence is renowned and it is always informed by the life-style needs of consumers creating laptops that are technologically advanced, sophisticated and refined yet ruggedly robust.

ASUS some facts and figures:

 Employs over 130,000 people worldwide
 Revenue in 2007 exceeded £11billion
 Shipped over 60 million PC motherboards that equals one in three desktop PCs shipped during 2007 was powered by an ASUS motherboard
 Ranked in the top four worldwide notebook manufacturers.
 Listed in the world’s top 100 IT companies by the Business week USA for the tenth year
 Ranked among the world’s top 500 corporations by Fortune magazine USA

Notes to Editors:

If you would like a product review, there is one pre-production sample currently available for those wanting a first-look and we expect a number of production samples to be available in May– please contact the press office or see sample request form on the press assets pages.

In addition we are able to organise interviews with the Marketing Specialists for ASUS UK. Please contact the press office to request an appointment.

Scans, specs and further information can be found on the following link:
www.tru-pr.co.uk/press/client.php?c=asusindex

Detailed stockist information can be found on the following link:
http://uk.asus.com/wheretobuy_new.aspx?sltLanguage=en_GB&cou...

Contact Information:

Press enquiries:

Danielle Schofield, Tru PR
t: +44 (0) 845 833 8292
e: asus@tru-pr.co.uk
www.tru-pr.co.uk

Sales enquiries:

ASUS Sales Team
t: +44 (0) 1442 202720
http://uk.asus.com

Skype
Jacqueline Marshall,
t : + 44 (0) 208 144 5453
e : jacqueline.marshall@skype.net

*Unlimited calling: All calls are subject to Skype’s fair usage policy which is set at 10,000 minutes per month (which equates to more than 5 hours of calling per day). Unlimited calls to landlines in up to 36 countries worldwide are included. Calls to premium, non-geographic and other special numbers are excluded
** See notes to editors




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