February 18, 2005
A significant increase in VoIP and videophone coverage, plus new features.
8×8, Inc(NASDAQ:EGHT) announced today the addition of 987 new U.S. rate centers for Local Inbound Service and 660 rate centers for E911 service to all Packet8 broadband calling plans.
This brings Packet8’s residential VoIP coverage to 3,883 US rate centers, while its optional E911 coverage increases to 1607 rate centers including newly added cities Dallas, Louisville, Memphis, Flagstaff and Spokane.
Packet8 also recently announced the addition of phone-based configuration, toll-free numbers, directory and reverse directory assistance to its feature lineup for VoIP service.
In June of 2004, Packet8 implemented an IP-based E911 service which automatically routes emergency calls and pops computer-based screens of caller information to emergency personnel at local PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points). Packet8 says it is still the only VoIP residential provider to do this, making its service a true POTS replacement.
The underlying technical infrastructure for Packet8 is Level(3)‘s (3)VoIP Local Inbound Service.