John Lewis Partnership to Sell Coms Broadband Phone Service

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Coms plc (Coms) commences shipping a WiFi Mobile (combined VoIP and GSM) service through John Lewis stores.

This gives the Coms brand high visibility in premiere retail stores and their trained, knowledgeable staff will give consumers the confidence to migrate to an Internet Telephony service

Coms plc (Coms) commences shipping a WiFi Mobile (combined VoIP and GSM) service through John Lewis stores.

Main Points

  • Trail starts in Five major stores
  • Coms branded display and point of sale material
  • Packages including latest Pirelli WIFI phones and contract start at £164

John Lewis Partnership is providing retail display space to promote and demonstrate the Coms products and services as a trial in their stores, including Chelsea, Kingston, Nottingham, Newcastle and Peterborough. Coms is providing training at each store and the products will have branded display and point of sale materials.

The Coms WiFi Mobile combines GSM with VoIP, integrating the best of mobile phone technology with the added advantage of making phone calls over the Internet. So, whenever you have a WiFi Internet connection (at home, in the office, at a café, on the train…) the WiFi Mobile automatically switches to make calls over the Internet, at a fraction of the cost of standard mobile calls. When you are not connected to the Internet, the phone reverts to making calls over the GSM connection. In all situations, your phone will continue to receive GSM calls.

"This gives the Coms brand high visibility in premiere retail stores and their trained, knowledgeable staff will give consumers the confidence to migrate to an Internet Telephony service," said Terry Martin, CEO.

"This is another important milestone demonstrating fast progress against our stated strategy" said Jason Drummond, Executive Chairman. "We continue to pursue organic growth directly through our own branded website, retailers and resellers, as well as acquisitions to add to our skills and revenues."

Notes to Editors
Coms is supplying the Pirelli DP-L10 combined GSM/WiFi VoIP phone. The retail price is £164.00 with a Coms usage contract.

About Coms plc
Coms was founded by Jason Drummond in 2000 with the vision of using the Internet to carry and deliver voice telephone calls. Unlike Skype, Coms is based upon the industry standard SIP protocol which enables the widest possible connection of customers, devices and integrated Web 2.0 applications. Coms subscribers can make high quality calls over the internet wherever a high-speed internet connection is available including in wireless hotspots. Coms subscribers can also select their own free telephone number. Ofcom has allocated Coms 2 million numbers in the top 178 UK geographic area codes by population which Coms subscribers can choose from. In addition, Coms can transfer a company's existing telephone number to their service. Subscription is available in a range of packages from the Company's website http://www.coms.com.

As well as the obvious cost saving implications for businesses and consumers, the expanding market will enable Coms to develop and offer innovative new convergent services such as video calling, IP Centrex, location independence and online presence. It is these new innovative features, alongside the cost saving benefits that are likely to encourage customers away from traditional PSTN systems and combine their broadband service and voice calling system.

Coms launched its consumer service in October 2006, and recently acquired ExchangeXT, a leading provider of business VoIP services, to enable Coms to enter the SME market.

Coms is an Ofcom authorised Public Electronic Communications Network (PECN) and a member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA).

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