hippo Introduces First VoIP Industry Reseller Program with hARP.

Norwalk, Connecticut, UNITED STATES


NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb.5, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- After all the hype and vaporware, finally there is a company unleashing a product that makes quality calls over the Internet using a stand-alone telephone, and, "saving the world" big money.

It's hippo, and we're talkin' big. hippo makes Internet Phones that save its customers lots of money compared to regular old-fashioned telephones. You don't even need a computer to make Internet Protocol (IP) calls with the hippo phone. Our personal hardware appliance is capable of making both LAN (Ethernet) and Point to Point Protocol (PPP) calls over the Internet.

Now following one first with another, hippo has introduced the industry's first "voice over IP" reseller program -- hARP -- the hippo Authorized Reseller Program. "hippo has put together an outstanding package for telephony companies, ISPs, cable modem manufacturers, wireless broadband firms, VARs and the like --- to be able to offer Internet Telephony to their customers," states Steve Haber, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Relationships.

"This opens a brand new revenue stream for any company with a customer base that is already connected to the Internet, who can use an added-value product that provides the least expensive way to make local and long distance phone calls," adds Bill Stewart, Sales and Marketing Director, and the lead architect for hARP. "Our program is generating enthusiasm all over the world with our current customers, and garnering hippo many new immediate supporters, anxious to offer our products, and develop s big new business," adds Director, Norm Archer.

Hippo's hARP team is using and deploying phones on 4 Continents including:

- BT Limited - Nigeria
 - IDT - Nigeria
 - West African Information Technology - Senegal
 - Bluesys - Venezuela
 - Adaptive Broadband - Sunnyvale, California and Hong Kong
 - Zuniversity - Stamford, Connecticut
 - Alaska Wireless Cable - Fairbanks, Alaska
 - U.S. Wireless - McAllen, Texas
 - Ultravision - Mexico
 - Protogenea - Greece
 - CallGlobal - Barbados
 - Datalogic - Argentina

For more information on joining the hARP team, discussing a strategic alliance, placing an order or expressing interest in investing in the future of hippo, call Steve Haber, Bill Stewart or Norm Archer, at 203-772-2204, or go to our web site at www.hippoinc.com. See us at the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (Booth #408); Intercontinental Hotel in Miami Beach, Feb. 8 & 9.

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CONTACT:  hippo inc., New Haven
          Steve Haber, Bill Stewart or Norm Archer
          (203) 772-2204