announces that at the end of February 2010 its subscriber base reached a new milestone of 20,000 business customers. For the December quarter, 8x8's average business customer subscribed to 7.3 paid services.
Over the past year and throughout the economic downturn, 8x8 has added approximately 1,000 net new business customers each quarter as small businesses increasingly seek ways to reduce expenses and improve the efficiency of their operations. The 8x8 Virtual Office phone service provides these customers with new, IP-enabled telephony capabilities along with advanced features and unlimited local and long distance calling -- all at a much lower cost than traditional landline phone services. In addition to the 8x8 Virtual Office service, 8x8 offers hosted Call Center and Key System services as well as IP Trunking and Unified Communications solutions, all of which are designed to operate over a business' existing broadband Internet connections, enabling employee connectivity from anywhere a high speed Internet connection exists.
8x8 also announced that as of the end of February, the Company had sold approximately 2,500 paid subscriptions to its new 8x8 Virtual Office Pro unified communications services, which were first offered for sale on January 20, 2010. 8x8 Virtual Office Pro is an advanced messaging platform that allows subscribers to manage essential business communications functions online through a centralized web portal. Integrated with the 8x8 Virtual Office business phone service, Virtual Office Pro enhances business productivity by providing users with a complete, instantly accessible suite of communication tools used in everyday business interactions including web telephony, video and voice web conferencing, fax, call recording, an online dashboard with Outlook contacts and corporate directory integration, an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch application for mobile access, and more.