Viewsonic Corporation unveils state-of-the-art internet appliances - announces strategic relationship with AT&T WorldNet Service
The Number 1 North American LCD Monitor Market Leader Joins AT&T WorldNet® Service, a Leader in Internet Services, to Deliver Customised Internet Appliances to Businesses
Walnut, California - ViewSonic Corporation®, the No. 1 best selling independent Visual Technology™ provider in the United States*, today announced it is unveiling more than 10 state-of-the-art Internet appliances that will be bundled with AT&T WorldNet Service. These Internet appliances will allow consumers reliable, fast and easy access to the World Wide Web. ViewSonic will demonstrate these Internet appliances at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, August 1, 2 and 3.
The new ViewSonic Internet appliance offer, integrated with AT&T WorldNet Service, is initially targeted to large corporate accounts. The web appliances are designed and developed by ViewSonic for the purpose of delivering on the yet unfulfilled promise of the Internet -- to forge a closer business relationship with customers, as well as a tighter brand and product marketing bond between corporations and their customers. Initial products will be available for shipping to corporate customers during the 4th quarter of 2000.
"Today's announcement marks a sea level change for American corporations and their customers as we enter into the new information economy," said Peter Weedfald, executive vice president of Corporate Communications and Emerging Business for ViewSonic. "Our Internet appliances will be as easy to use as a television set. They are reliable, affordable, operate 24x7 and are basically maintenance free. Together with AT&T WorldNet Service, we are providing corporate America with a compelling choice, not chance for their customers in terms of accessing the World Wide Web."
He continued, "Businesses will be able to offer consumers a large variety of customised web appliance solutions from ViewSonic bundled with AT&T WorldNet. These i-devices will help them best recruit, maintain and enhance their business relationships with their most important asset, their customers."
According to International Data Corporation, Internet appliances will exceed PC shipments by 2004. By 2002, IDC anticipates that Internet appliance shipments will leap to almost 42 million units.
"We're always looking for innovative ways to extend the reach of the Internet to consumers, and give affinity partners additional tools, such as our recently announced i495 WorldNet offer," said Ed Chatlos, vice president and general manager of AT&T WorldNet Service. "These appliances combined with AT&T's award-winning WorldNet Service, puts the power of the Internet directly into customers' hands."
Customised Internet Appliances Make the Internet Visible -- Fast, Efficient and Affordable
ViewSonic is unveiling more than 10 customisable Internet appliances, ranging from stand alone i-boxes, integrated LCD and CRT devices, to web phones and wireless web pads. The units are capable of operating on nearly any operating system, including Windows CE, Linux, QNX, Be, VxWorks and other operating platforms. Starting at under US$500, participating companies will be offered a variety of Internet appliances, including a vast array of ViewSonic display technology to offer to their customers as part of their marketing and sales programs.
Terms and Availability
These bundled Internet appliances will be available in the 4th quarter of 2000 for businesses of all sizes wishing to build a closer relationship with their most important customers. Companies interested in the program should call John Smith, ViewSonic's senior manager of Product Marketing at +1 909 444 8851 to learn more, or visit ViewSonic's web site at www.viewsonic.com.
About AT&T WorldNet Service
AT&T WorldNet Service (http://www.att.net) is one of the leading Internet Service Providers in the U.S. It provides reliable, easy Internet access across the nation, 6 e-mail addresses with 10-megabytes of free Web space per e-mail ID, chat, anti-spam service, instant messaging, online communities and access to discounted games. AT&T WorldNet Service was named "Best Buy" in PC World Magazine (March 1999), won PC Magazine's "Editor's Choice" award (April 1999) and was praised as the top ISP in SmartMoney (April 1999). May 2000 also marked the 14th consecutive month in which AT&T WorldNet Service earned A+ scores in four or more measurement categories in Visual Network's Internet BenchMark survey of Internet Service Providers. AT&T WorldNet Service was the only national ISP to earn A+ scores in 6 out of 8 survey measurement categories in the May survey. AT&T WorldNet Service consumer software for Windows 95/98/NT is available by download free-of-charge from the public AT&T WorldNet Web site (http://www.att.net/). For more information on other AT&T products and services go online to http://www.att.com/.
ViewSonic Corporation, a leader in Visual Technology™ products, offers comprehensive display solutions for today's business, Internet, education and entertainment markets. The company's products have won more than 1,000 awards globally from independent publications and organisations. ViewSonic's leadership position is further supported by its position as No. 1 best selling independent monitor in 1999 and Q1, 2000, according to Stanford Resources. The company is also the leading LCD brand in the United States in Q1, 2000 according to Display Search. Headquartered in Walnut, Calif., ViewSonic was founded in 1987 and is a privately held corporation with over $1 billion in worldwide annual sales. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at tel: +1 800.888.8583 or +1 909.869.7976; fax: +1 909 468 3736; www.viewsonic.com.
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