VTech Introduces World's First CAT-iq 2.0 Certified Product

By Vtech Holdings Limited, PRNE
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Avant 5000 model offers multi lines and other new capabilities

HONG KONG, February 18, 2011 - VTech Holdings Ltd (HKEx: 303) today announced that its new Avant 5000
model cordless VoIP phone has become the first handset in the world to be
certified as compliant with CAT-iq 2.0, a certification programme introduced
by the DECT Forum only in December last year. The programme tests devices on
protocol, radio frequency (RF) level and especially on audio quality, one of
the key drivers of CAT-iq.

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CAT-iq stands for Cordless Advanced Technology - internet and quality. It
was developed to meet the demands of the new generation of IP-based services
and devices. The technology enables transport of voice via broadband, making
it sound more natural and "true-to-life" than the standard Plain Old
Telephone Network (POTS) and 3G mobile communication. The DECT Forum is the
international association of the wireless home and enterprise communication
industry and has been offering certification of CAT-iq products at
laboratories in Germany and Norway.

The big step forward with CAT-iq 2.0 is that it enables customers to make
end-to-end VoIP calls with all the extras that come with Session Initiation
Protocol (SIP) telephony, including wideband voice quality, multiple lines,
caller ID and synchronisation of phone books and system settings. Certified
CAT-iq 2.0 handsets from different system vendors can also be used on the
same certified base station. They are inter-operable with other CAT-iq
handsets and gateways, and are also backward compatible to certain other DECT

"VTech, as the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones, has
reaffirmed its technology leadership position with the introduction of the
first CAT-iq 2.0 certified handset. The Avant 5000 model demonstrates our
enduring strength in R&D, and how quickly we can turn new ideas into
reality," said Mr Chi Hoi Tong, President of Telecommunication Products,
VTech Telecommunications Ltd.

"To see CAT-iq 2.0 products become a reality for the first time is a
major milestone for the DECT Forum and is a result of our efforts to develop
the future standard for cordless telephony," said Mr Daniel Hartnett,
Chairman of the CAT-iq Working Group within the DECT Forum.

The stylishly designed Avant 5000 is expected to be launched this year.

About VTech

VTech is the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones and a
leading supplier of electronic learning products. It also provides highly
sought-after contract manufacturing services. Founded in 1976, the Group's
mission is to be the most cost effective designer and manufacturer of
innovative, high quality consumer electronics products and to distribute them
to markets worldwide in the most efficient manner.

    For further information, please contact:

                                 VTech representative in Hong Kong
    Grace Pang                   ---------------------------------
    VTech Holdings Ltd           Gloria Chiu, GolinHarris
    +852-2680-1000 (office)      +852-2501-7970 (office)
    +852-2680-1788 (fax)         +852-2810-4780 (fax)
    grace_pang@vtech.com          gloria.chiu@golinharris.com
     (email)                      (email)

Grace Pang of VTech Holdings Ltd, +852-2680-1000, fax +852-2680-1788, grace_pang at vtech.com; or VTech representatives in HK, Gloria Chiu of GolinHarris, +852-2501-7970, fax, +852-2810-4780, gloria.chiu at golinharris.com

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