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Time to Tango Get cheek-to-cheek with low-cost, personal videoconferencing.

By Mike Hogan

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With all the video flying around the web, is the world ready for videophones? VoIP phone company 8x8 hopes so: It's shipping its second-generation videophone.

Packet8 Tango is compatible with 8x8's pioneering corded deskset, the Packet8 DV326, but Tango isn't your father's deskset. At 8.5 by 5.5 inches, it looks a lot like a supersize iPod.

The pearl-white Tango includes a high-resolution, 5-inch color display; a navigation/select pad; onscreen menus; and a top-mounted, CCD video camera that rotates 180 degrees front to back. It delivers up to 30 frames per second of OK-quality video. At 2 pounds light and 1.5 inches slim, Tango slips easily into any nook or cranny when not in use. It's not large enough for conference room huddles, but it can videoconference up to three callers in onscreen windows.

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