SAN FRANCISCO, Macworld Expo 2000 -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of Internet and communications software, today announced the introduction of the Mac® client software for conexsTM, its mass market Internet communications service that offers real-time Internet chat and telephone capabilities.
As an Internet communication service, conexs brings live conversation and chat to your computer via the Internet, making it a cost-efficient alternative to traditional telephone services. When the conexs software application is installed on a Macintosh, users can register with the conexs.com Internet host server for free to establish a user account. conexs links Internet users together, enabling everyone to be a part of a new generation of Internet communication, and making conexs part of a new wave of Internet communication services for the mass market of Internet Mac users.
conexs uses your email address as your Internet telephony number and authenticator. conexs users can create a private "phone book" of other authorized conexs users to contact, much like a "friends and family plan" of people who are in their conexs circle.
"We are extremely happy to announce the development of one of the first advanced H.323 telephony software solutions for Mac users. Internet telephony has come a long way since its introduction several years ago and our new Mac version takes a giant leap into the new millennium by delivering high quality sound for Internet communications," said William W. Smith Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Micro Software. "Through conexs, Apple computer-based Internet users can make audio calls anywhere in the world with the convenience and cost-efficiency of the Internet."
"This product makes Smith Micro's Internet telephony experience available to a new audience of Apple Computer users," said Rick Wyand, General Manager - Smith Micro Mac Division. "In keeping with the Apple experience, conexs is a new breed of software with an advanced look and feel UI that we believe Mac users will find easy-to-use and appealing."
- Offers real-time H.323 communication standard via the Internet
- Links Internet users together for real-time Internet communication
- Creates a cost-efficient alternative to long distance telephone services
- Provides worldwide phone Internet communication capabilities
- Lets users choose a private circle of friends for their private "phonebook"
- An easy to use icon-based address book stores your "favorites"
Placing a real-time call on conexs is simple and easy. Users simply enter the email address of the intended party in the call initiator pop-up box, press the call button, and the call is sent to the conexs.com server where it is processed-much like a regular phone call. The phone component simulates that of a traditional phone. When a call is placed, an incoming ring is sounded like a regular telephone. When the receiving party answers, the two parties are immediately connected for a live voice conversation. Since the call is made over the Internet, the call is free, whether it is local or long distance.
conexs also offers a text chat feature to establish live text chat sessions. Users have the ability to switch from live text chat to a live voice call effortlessly or use both simultaneously. In addition, conexs features a "favorites" style address book to easily access your favorite or frequently used connections by simple double clicking on an icon to place a call.
conexs will be available in the first quarter of 2000 to Mac users through electronic download at http://www.smithmicro.com and is expected to sell for $9.95. A free beta version will be available for download by Mac users later this month. To run conexs, you will need a valid Internet connection, PowerPC G3/G4 processor, 2MB available RAM, Mac OS 8.6 or later and QuickTime 3.0 or later. Looking ahead, future offerings of conexs may include a point-to-point real time video conferencing over the Internet.
About Smith Micro
Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, Smith Micro is a leading developer and marketer of software products that make communications simple. With a focus on the Internet, broadband and modem-based technologies, the company designs integrated, easy-to-use software that enables fax, data, voice and video communication to personal computer users around the world. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI.
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