REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- InfoGear(R) Technology Corp., a leader in network-centric technology and services for Internet appliances, today announced that its second generation iPhone(R) webphone is now premiering in the San Francisco Bay area at The Good Guys! (Nasdaq: GGUY), a leading specialty retailer of consumer entertainment electronics. The iPhone combines an advanced telephone with a touch screen, keyboard and software to allow users to communicate by phone or by e-mail. Users can access information from the Internet and conduct electronic transactions such as online shopping and home banking, all from a simple, easy-to-use, low-cost appliance.
According to Forrester Research, 20 million Internet-aware appliances will be installed in U.S. homes by 2002. In the U.S., different types of Internet appliances already constitute a nearly $6 billion market. Users will drive this market to more than $16 billion in 2002.
"By introducing the newest iPhone at The Good Guys!, we are at the forefront of the explosive demand for Internet appliances. It fits the lifestyle of our customers -- tech-savvy and tech-shy alike -- with its fast and easy access to the Internet, e-mail, and one-touch shopping and banking, " said Ron Unkefer, founder, chairman and CEO, The Good Guys! "We are thrilled to offer the cutting-edge iPhone in time for the holidays."
"We are moving aggressively forward on our strategy to deliver iPhones to the marketplace," stated Dennis Tsu, vice president of marketing, InfoGear. "Retail is one of several new distribution channels that InfoGear is developing for the iPhone and other Internet appliances."
Pricing and Availability
The InfoGear iPhone is being introduced by The Good Guys! for $349 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Initially, the iPhone will be in twenty San Francisco Bay area stores with plans under discussion to expand distribution. The Good Guys! has 79 stores located in California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.
About InfoGear Technology Corporation
Founded in 1995, InfoGear Technology Corporation is a privately held software and services company focused on the rapidly growing market for Internet appliances and their related services, including e-commerce solutions. InfoGear has developed the iPhone, the award-winning Internet screenphone. The iPhone is currently distributed in the United States, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. InfoGear also operates the InfoGear Network(TM), providing network information solutions for Internet appliances, in conjunction with content provider partners, electronic commerce partners and selected ISPs. Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, MediaOne Ventures and TI Ventures are among InfoGear's investors. Visit InfoGear on the World Wide Web at http://www.infogear.com.
NOTE: InfoGear, the InfoGear logo and iPhone are registered trademarks of InfoGear Technology Corporation. InfoGear Network is a trademark of InfoGear Technology Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
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/CONTACT: Mary Wayte Bradburne of InfoGear Technology Corporation, 650-556-8774, or [email protected]/ /Web site: http://www.infogear.com/ (GGUY)
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