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EduTone To Market Affordable School-Centric Tablets

ET Persona™ Tablets Will Ship with New Mobile Edition of Award-Winning EduTone Xchange™

Alameda, CA - EduTone Corporation announced today the ET Persona™ family of school-centric tablets to be bundled with a new Mobile Edition of its core, 2011 CODiE award-winning services delivery platform, the EduTone Xchange™ (ETX), aimed at the K-20 Education market.  Ranging in price from $179 to $399, the Android™ based ET Persona Tablets will ship in July 2011 with 8 and 10-inch touch-sensitive screen displays.  Unlike all of the consumer-centric tablets on the market today, the ET Persona is the first school-centric tablet solution that ships with pre-installed CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) compliant filtering software and the EduTone Passport™ to enable easy and secure single sign-on wireless access to centrally-provisioned school applications.  Together, the ET Persona and the ETX-Mobile Edition deliver the most comprehensive, financially sustainable technology infrastructure solution for personalized mobile learning in the K-20 Education market globally.
 
The ET Persona tablets will be marketed in North America initially through an innovative and affordable subscription-based pricing that bundles the cost of the device with third-party applications, content and integration services.  The ETX-Mobile Edition features role-based provisioning and Single Sign-On capabilities that empower schools to customize services delivery to each unique end-user’s personal mobile device.  

Featuring a Web 2.0 Community and Marketplace, the ETX-Mobile Edition will automate the on-demand provisioning of a freemium subscription-based offering, called My EduTone Bundle™,  that includes a suite of innovative education-specific third-party applications and online digital content such as Learn360’s™ video streaming resources, Cambridge University Press’s Global Grid for Learning™, Inspiration Software’s newly released Webspiration Classroom™, JDL Horizon’s EduVision™ on-demand video, Big Universe’s™ Reading and Writing Platform, eTap™, Desmos’™ online tutoring  and interactive whiteboard,  uBoost’s™ online reward system, and many others that will be added to the Bundle in the near future.   In addition to the pre-packaged suite of third-party applications, the ETX-Mobile Edition will also offer each school, or school district, a library of 175+ on-demand EduTone Connectors that allows them to integrate and provision their own premise-based enterprise applications such as their Active Directory™ LDAP, Moodle™ LMS, Microsoft’s SharePoint™ Portal, various Student Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, Library Information Systems, or cloud-hosted enterprise applications such Google Apps for Education™, Microsoft Live.Edu™,  Pearson Places™,  Discovery Education™, Encyclopedia Britannica™, and many more.

“Our ET Persona tablets powered by ETX-Mobile Edition are game changers for education organizations that are ready to personalize their education delivery model” said Robert Iskander, CEO of EduTone Corporation. “Public or private, traditional or Charter, brick-and-mortar or virtual, elementary, secondary or higher education - all schools are in need of an affordable, mobile, manageable, versatile, secure, and integratable one-to-one technology infrastructure solution,” he continued, “and with an annual contract-based pricing starting at $20 per month per student, we have a complete solution right now, ready for back to school in the Fall of 2011.”

The ET Persona tablets are available now in limited quantities for qualified customers and partners through EduTone’s Early Access Program (EAP).  General availability is expected in the fall of 2011.  To inquire about EduTone’s EAP or obtain additional information on EduTone and its products please visit us at www.edutone.com or call us at +1 866 901-8663 x9000

About EduTone Corporation
EduTone Corporation provides the sustainable technology schools need in order to deliver the 21st century teaching and learning environments their stakeholders require. Installed in thousands of schools around the world, the EduTone XchangeTM is a 2011 CODiE “Best K-12 Solution” award winning, Web 3.0 Platform-as-a-Service technology that enables on-demand, one-to-one services delivery in the Education Enterprise.  EduTone Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of VIP Tone Inc., a privately held corporation headquartered in Alameda, California.  For more information, visit www.EduTone.com.

About VIP Tone, Inc.
Serving over 3,600,000 students and over 100,000 teachers in over 7,000 schools around the globe, VIP Tone helps educators create world-class school environments with one integrated solution for their learning, communication and collaboration needs. VIP Tone's product set consists of VIP PBX™, an IP telephony communication and messaging system; School MATRIX®, an education resource planning (ERP) solution; and EduTone, a pre-integrated K-20 educational software and content services delivery platform.  VIP Tone is a privately held company headquartered in Alameda, California. For more information, visit the VIP Tone web site at www.viptone.com