BIG PLANET AND INFOGEAR BRING THE 'NET INTO YOUR HOME WITH THE IPHONE
(PR Newswire; 10/09/98)
PROVO, Utah, and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Planet(TM)
today launched the iPhone(R) at its Fall '98 Conference in Orem, Utah. The
iPhone is an award-winning Web-phone based on technology and services developed
by InfoGear(TM) Technology Corp. that allows users to communicate through the
phone to receive e-mail, get information from the World Wide Web and conduct e-
commerce transactions from a single device. Distributed through Big Planet's
nationwide distribution network of 40,000 independent representatives, the
iPhone adds an exciting new product to Big Planet's Internet product line.
The iPhone brings the power of the Internet into the daily lives of a large new
audience by providing an affordable and easy-to-use alternative to the
Internet. Introduced at a promotional price $299, Big Planet will distribute
the iPhone for $200 lower than the current retail price. iPhone can be
purchased through a Big Planet representative or through its Web site at
"The iPhone is an important addition to our product line of Internet access
devices because of its affordability and ease-of-use," said Richard King,
president of Big Planet. "We are committed to offering products, such as the
iPhone, that enhance the way people learn, communicate, work, shop and play in
their everyday lives."
"We believe the network marketing channel is a superb channel for Web phones at
this time. As a new device, the iPhone is best appreciated when the customer
gets to see, touch and use the phone while having it explained to them. Big
Planet's independent representatives have the training and ability to make this
happen," said Ed Cluss, CEO of InfoGear Technology Corporation.
Big Planet customers who use the iPhone can expect the following
benefits and features:
-- Easy-to-Use: The iPhone is easy to learn and use. Simply tapping the
iPhone's touchscreen gives users one-touch access to the Internet
email without having to learn complex programs or configure software or
-- Convenient: The compact, modern design of the iPhone, coupled with a
slide-away keyboard and built-in monitor enable users to place the
iPhone conveniently on a kitchen counter or desk, eliminating the need
for a large computer table and bulky computer monitor.
-- Affordable: The iPhone is less expensive to maintain than a computer.
Simple in design, the iPhone has all the software and hardware
necessary to access the Internet, eliminating the need for costly
additions and upgrades.
-- Fast Access: Always ready, the iPhone can log on to the Internet faster
than most computers. In just 30 seconds, users can be connected to the
network and downloading e-mail, looking up an address, or checking on
late breaking news.
About Big Planet
Big Planet, a Provo, Utah-based InterNetworking company, is an
innovative provider of communications and technology products and services for
individuals and small businesses. InterNetworking is the next revolution in
direct marketing, combining the power of one-to-one relationships with the
emerging global Internet opportunity to improve the way we Learn, Communicate,
Work, Shop and Play.
Through Big Planet's network of Independent Representatives, the company offers
an array of integrated, high quality, technology products that combine new
levels of customer value to capture key customer connections to the home and
small office with services such as Internet access, dynamic web pages,
voice/data communications, e-commerce, education and more. For information
about Big Planet and its products and services, please visit the Big Planet Web
site at www.bigplanet.com, or call 801-345-7000.
Founded in December 1995, InfoGear Technology Corporation is a
privately held Silicon Valley technology company that licenses its
client/server architecture and hardware reference design to consumer product
manufacturers and Internet Service Providers. The client side includes
software and hardware reference designs and a graphical user interface. The
server software includes a network management package. InfoGear also partners
with content providers and other technology companies to provide complete
solutions for communications-based Internet Appliances. InfoGear has developed
the iPhone, the award winning Internet screen phone, in conjunction with CIDCO
Incorporated, which provides manufacturing and distribution. In addition,
InfoGear provides custom content solutions. Visit InfoGear on the World Wide
Web at http://www.infogear.com. SOURCE Big Planet