Free PC-to-Phone Calls from Anywhere in the World to the US, Canada and UK; Microsoft NetMeeting Users Targeted
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL., August 2, 2000 - Access Power, Inc. (OTC BB: ACCR) announced today the launch of FreeWebCall.com, its best-of-kind, free unlimited long distance calling. Windows-based multimedia PC users anywhere in the world can use the Internet to connect to any regular telephone in the U.S., Canada and UK.
Glenn Smith, CEO and president of Access Power, said the company is directly targeting the million's of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) NetMeeting users. "FreeWebCall.com's architecture capitalizes on the telephony features inherent to the Windows operating system, and features Microsoft's NetMeeting as the software engine. As a result, most new FreeWebCall.com subscribers can use the service immediately without requiring any software downloads. Just type in the number you wish to call and the system does the rest," he said. "FreeWebCall.com subscribers will be delighted with the calling experience," Smith said.
"Access Power has created an exciting way for NetMeeting users to get cool new features," Laura Butler, Product Unit Manager, NetMeeting, for Microsoft Corp., said. "We are always looking for ways that users can take advantage of the power of Windows. FreeWebCall.com, by integrating with NetMeeting, allows users to place and receive free calls over the Internet," she said.
Smith said FreeWebCall.com (www.freewebcall.com) also uses Cisco's state-of-the-art AccessPath-VS3 carrier class integrated voice gateways. FreeWebCall.com calls are routed over the Sprint (NYSE: FON) network for high quality and reliability. "We've carefully aligned ourselves with industry leaders for the development of FreeWebCall.com. This assures that FreeWebCall.com subscribers are getting the very best quality calling that Internet Telephony can provide," Smith said.
"We are very pleased Access Power has chosen Cisco's award-winning voice gateways to deliver free Internet phone calls to end users," said Alistair Woodman, director of marketing, Packet Telephony Division, Cisco. "By relying on Cisco's Open Packet Telephony architecture, Access Power will be able to quickly offer its customers high quality voice services over a packet network," he added.
"As an industry leader in e-business solutions, Sprint is proud we can meet the expanding network needs of Access Power and look forward to supporting the growth of FreeWebCall.com." said Peter von der Linde, Sprint's vice president of sales for Internet services.