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WorldGate Intros Ojo Videophone

Trevose, Pa. — WorldGate Communications announced a second-generation model of its Ojo videophone designed to be a less expensive counterpart to the original model.

The Ojo Shadow will carry a suggested retail of $399 with a $150 rebate available to bring it to $249. The phone offers the same specifications as the original Ojo minus the 2.4GHz cordless handset. Instead, it offers a speakerphone and a headset jack for plugging in optional headsets.

WorldGate will keep the original Ojo on the market and bump its suggested retail down from $799 to $499 (or $349 with the $150 rebate).

The videophones work over a broadband Internet connection and through a service provided by WorldGate. It delivers 176 by 144 resolution video at 30 frames per second.

The original Ojo had been distributed and marketed by Motorola, but the two companies terminated the relationship in February. Now, WorldGate will shoulder distribution duties for both Ojo products.