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WORLD'S FIRST COLOR VIDEO TELEPHONE AVAILABLE IN MAY AT ALL AT&T PHONE CENTER STORES IN SOUTH FLORIDA

 WORLD'S FIRST COLOR VIDEO TELEPHONE AVAILABLE IN MAY
 AT ALL AT&T PHONE CENTER STORES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
 MIAMI, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first full color, motion videophone that works in any home in the United States will go on sale in all 14 AT&T Phone Center stores in South Florida in May.
 The new phone, AT&T VideoPhone 2500, was unveiled today in a press conference in New York. The revolutionary phone sends and receives video calls over existing telephone lines, for the same price as voice calls.
 "We are bringing human sight and sound together at last," said Robert M. Kavner, group executive, AT&T Communications Products. "Not just for the rich. Not just for big corporations. But for everybody. Visual communications has begun."
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 is the first in a series of video products and services that AT&T intends to introduce over the next several months. Until now, video communications primarily has been limited to business videoconferencing using digital networks.
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 is a standard-size feature telephone, with a fold-up panel holding its 3.3-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen and camera lens. It plugs into standard telephone and power outlets.
 Once a voice call is made, the users each touch the "video" key, which activates the video call. The color video moves at up to 10 frames per second. Callers can ensure privacy by closing a shutter over the lens at any time.
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 will be available in May at AT&T PhoneCenters for $1,499, and in mid-summer it will be available for sale at major retailers across the country. Phone Centers will also offer lease-to-buy plans and will rent the Videophone for under $30 per day.
 In South Florida, AT&T maintains 14 Phone Center stores from Cutler Ridge Mall in South Dade to Palm Beach Mall in West Palm Beach.
 AT&T VideoPhone 2500
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 is the world's first color, motion videophone that works in any home in the United States. It sends and receives video calls over existing telephone lines, for the same price as voice calls.
 Features and Benefits
 Full Color, Motion Video: Users can see each other during calls over existing telephone lines. The video is transmitted in full color, with motion that varies at speeds up to 10 frames per second.
 Voice Call Costs: VideoPhone calls cost the same as regular telephone calls.
 Video Privacy: When users do not want to be seen over the VideoPhone, they can simply close the shutter over the camera lens or elect not to press the video button.
 Voice Calling: When not in the video mode, the VideoPhone works as a full-featured voice telephone with any other telephone.
 Fast Installation: The VideoPhone is easily installed in seconds. Users plug it into existing modular (RJ11) telephone jacks and into regular household electrical outlets.
 Improved Speakerphone: The speakerphone reduces background noise and room echo by using a directional microphone design.
 Color Display: The VideoPhone has a 3.3-inch-diagonal color liquid crystal display (LCD), with the built-in camera and lens just above the screen.
 Message Display: The LCD screen displays messages indicating the status of video calls while they are being established. It also displays the number dialed and prompts users when programming numbers in memory.
 Fixed Focus Camera: The 1/3-inch electronic color camera focus range is from one foot to nine feet with equal clarity.
 Self-View Mode: By touching a button, users can see themselves in the screen, thus composing themselves within the frame before and/or during video calls.
 Camera View Indicators: Small light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on each side of the screen are visible when users have moved out of the camera's range.
 Brightness Control: Users can adjust the brightness of the display to various levels through a toggle switch.
 Focus Control: Users can adjust the balance between picture resolution and motion. The sharper the picture resolution, the slower the motion.
 12-Number One-Touch Dialing: Users can easily stores 12 numbers in the memory of the phone. Each position can store up to 16 digits.
 Volume Control: A toggle switch on the face of the set adjusts the volume of the speakerphone and the incoming voice in the receiver. This feature is particularly useful in noisy locations such as kitchens or dens.
 Hold Feature: The hold button places both the video and voice on hold. If a user wishes to continue a voice conversation from another extension phone, the hold function will release automatically.
 Last Number Redial: The phone stores the last number manually dialed, and users can redial that number by pressing the redial button. This feature is particularly useful in redialing busy numbers.
 Ringer Volume Control: This feature allows users to adjust the electronic tone ringer to high or low or turn it off if they don't wish to be disturbed.
 Flash Feature: During voice calls, flash works like a switchhook and is used with custom calling services, such as call waiting and conference calling. No matter how briefly it is depressed, it sends the correct half-second signal for these services. During video calls, depressing the flash button ends the video transmission and returns the users to a voice-only call.
 Mute: When the mute button is pressed, the person at the other end of the line cannot hear the user's voice through the handset or the speakerphone.
 Selectable Dialing: A switch on the base of the phone allows the user to operate the telephone in dial pulse (rotary) as well as Touch-Tone mode. This feature allows push-button dialing in either mode regardless of the type of local phone service the user has.
 "Soft Switch" Touch-Tone: By depressing the tone button, a user can temporarily switch the set to the Touch-Tone mode if the selectable switch is set on dial pulse. When the user hangs up the telephone, the set will convert back to dial pulse automatically. This allows a customer with dial pulse service to use services that require tone signals (such as bank-by-phone services).
 Hearing Aid Compatible: This telephone is compatible with inductively coupled hearing aids.
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 /CONTACT: Barry Johnson, 305-662-6410 (office) or 305-251-0696 (home); or Jo Johnston, 201-581-3905 (office) or 908-873-8387 (home), both of AT&T/ CO: AT&T ST: Florida IN: TLS SU: PDT


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