VoIP provider 8×8 will relaunch its videophone with a new riff on the concept.
Called the Tango, the device combines a traditional VoIP terminal adapter with a camera and LCD screen for placing video calls using a regular analog phone.
The video terminal adapter (VTA) offers a 5-inch color screen with icon-based navigation. It uses the H.264 compression standard and can place video calls to other 8×8 VTAs, existing Packet8 Videophones and to PCs running 8×8’s Softalk software.
8×8 will sell the device on its Web site and will run trials at boutique retailers such as New York’s J&R, where it previously sold its Packet8 videophone, said Huw Rees, VP, 8×8. The Tango will retail for a suggested $249 with a monthly charge of $19.99 for unlimited voice and video calls in the United States and Canada.
According to Rees, 8×8 has roughly 10,000 video subscribers.