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EarthLink, Linksys Team For VoIP

Irvine, Calif. — Internet service provider EarthLink and Linksys announced two co-branded VoIP retail kit yesterday, bringing the ISP into competition with Vonage and 8×8.

The EarthLink kits will include either the Linksys Phone Adapter (SPA2002-ER) or Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRTP54G-ER) programmed to work on EarthLink’s trueVoice VoIP service. The adapter will carry a $59.99 street price and the router a $109.99 street price, and would not be rebated, according to a Linksys spokesperson.

It will be initially shipping at Fry’s Electronics.

Both kits provide products with two phone ports for connection of two standard home phones or fax machines.

EarthLink’s trueVoice solution works with high-speed Internet connections. The service provider offers unlimited local and long-distance calling, E-911, voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and other features for $24.99 per month.