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EATHLINK/LINKSYS OFFER CO-MARKETED VOIP SERVICE FROM FRY'S.

EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK), the nation's next generation Internet service provider (ISP), and Linksys(R), a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., have launched a co-marketed Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hardware and service solution that gives broadband customers everything they need to make phone calls over the Internet.

Available at Fry's Electronics' more than 30 locations for consumers with a home broadband network, this VoIP solution features EarthLink's trueVoice(SM) Internet phone service and a Linksys Phone Adapter (SPA2002-ER) or Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRTP54G-ER).

"EarthLink and Linksys are making it easier for consumers to replace their traditional telephone with a less expensive, feature-rich Internet voice service," said Kevin Flaherty, vice president of retail channel sales for EarthLink. "This collaboration with Linksys offers retailers a ground-breaking opportunity to increase sales in a fast growing category. It capitalizes on EarthLink's leadership in Internet services and Linksys' retail strength in home and broadband networking solutions."

"This collaboration between Linksys and EarthLink will help drive the use of VoIP for making phones calls at home," said Glen McLaughlin, Linksys vice president of North American retail sales. "The ability to market hardware and service together enables us to make it easier for customers to purchase and set up VoIP on a home network, allowing for a better overall user experience."

Retail shoppers will be able to choose between two types of Linksys/EarthLink trueVoice(SM) start-up kits. One contains a Linksys Phone Adapter that works with a standard wired or wireless router, while the other includes a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with a built-in phone adapter for home networking. Both kits provide products with 2 phone ports for connection of two standard home phones or fax machines.

EarthLink's trueVoice(SM) is compatible with any high-speed connection and is a plug and play solution that can be installed in minutes to work on any touch-tone phone. With EarthLink trueVoice(SM), retail customers will receive the same award winning service and technical support that all EarthLink Internet subscribers enjoy. They can sign up for the service and enjoy unlimited local, regional and long distance calling on their home phones. Some of the standard features that are available at no extra charge include voicemail, three-way calling, and call forwarding.

EarthLink trueVoice(SM) is activated by calling 1-877-ELNK or visit http://www.earthlink.net/go/voiceactivate. Calling plans start at $14.95 per month.

For more information about EarthLink's voice services please go to http://www.earthlink.net/voice.

About EarthLink

"EarthLink. We revolve around you(TM)." As the nation's next generation Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security, EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet.

For more information, call 800/EARTHLINK or 404/748-7500 visit http://www.earthlink.net.

About Linksys

Founded in 1988, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the global leader in Wireless and Ethernet networking for consumer and SOHO users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides 24/7 Grade "A" product support to its customers.

For more information, visit http://www.linksys.com or call 949/823-1578.
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