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Mail.com Now Offers Voice Access to Its E-mail Service Through Shoutmail Partnership
New Phone Access to E-mail Service Allows Members to Send and Receive E-mail from Any Telephone
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 23, 2000-- Mail.com, Inc., a leading global provider of Internet messaging services to the business and consumer markets, today launched its phone access to e-mail service giving Mail.com members voice access to their e-mail account. The new service, powered by Shoutmail.com, a premier provider of Internet-telephone applications, allows Mail.com members to send and receive e-mail messages from any telephone or cell phone. To use the service, scroll to the bottom of the Mail.com welcome page and click on "Listen to your e-mail by phone."
Using any telephone device, Mail.com members can now dial a local phone number and access their e-mail via voice (text-to-speech) for free and can then reply to their e-mail by recording voice messages, which appear as voice-attachments on e-mail messages. The service also allows members to access their Mail.com address book via the telephone and send e-mail to any recipient saved in their records. Because Shoutmail.com provides Mail.com members with hundreds of local phone numbers throughout the country, the phone calls are free. Mail.com, through its Shoutmail partnership, will offer members wireless access to their e-mail accounts in the near future.
"In today's hectic business environment, giving people the flexibility to access their e-mail account from the telephone is a key ingredient to maintaining a competitive edge in the marketplace and is in line with our strategy to create a comprehensive communications portal," said Lon Otremba, chief operating officer of Mail.com.
"E-mail is the Internet's 'killer app' and many people rely on it for day-to-day business and personal use. Since we've made sending and receiving e-mail as easy as picking up the telephone, we're offering a real value-added benefit for our users," added Otremba.
"We are extremely pleased that Mail.com users can now benefit from Shoutmail's unique infrastructure for connecting Web-based e-mail with the phone.
Shoutmail is a one-of-a-kind platform that is the ideal ASP solution for quickly hooking up e-mail providers with phone access. We look forward to working with Mail.com to continue to bring new phone-access applications to the Web," said Shoutmail.com President and CEO Jacob Guedalia.
About Mail.com Consumer Messaging Services
Mail.com's Consumer Messaging Services provides reliable and flexible free e-mail and related messaging services to consumers around the world. Members can choose from among Mail.com's wide variety of domain names to personalize their e-mail addresses. We serve the consumer market directly through the Mail.com flagship site at www.mail.com as well as through partnerships with top branded Web sites, including NBC, CBS SportsLine, iWon.com, CNET, Snap.com and DellNet.com. In addition, we offer Web-based e-mail to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including several of the world's top ISPs such as EarthLink, GTE, Juno and Prodigy. Internet marketers offer products and services to Mail.com's significant network of users through online advertising, Mail.com's e-commerce site and permission-marketing. Ranked fifth in terms of reach, Mail.com continues to be the only e-mail company recognized by Media Metrix, the leader in Internet and digital media measurement.
Founded in 1996, Mail.com, Inc. is a one-stop resource for Internet messaging services, providing reliable, feature-rich e-mail and Internet fax services to businesses, ISPs, Web sites and direct to consumers through its flagship Web site: http://www.mail.com. Mail.com has a technology infrastructure of IP network facilities in 20 key countries and currently serves more than 12 million e-mailboxes and 8,500 corporate customers worldwide. Information about Mail.com is available at http://corp.mail.com.
About Shoutmail.com, Inc.
Based in Boston, MA, Shoutmail.com was founded in 1998 to become the premier provider of Internet-telephone applications and content, providing solutions for everyone: from the Web user to the ISP, the telco and the enterprise. Shoutmail.com solutions connect the telephone and wireless devices with networked databases and the Internet, effectively transforming the phone into an Internet messaging appliance. For more information about the Shoutmail Application Gateway for email providers and the enterprise, contact business@Shoutmail.com or call 617-713-6377 ext 207. Individual users can register for their free accounts at www.Shoutmail.com and by dialing 1-877-WMYMAIL.
This news release may contain statements of a forward-looking
nature relating to the future events or the future financial results
of Mail.com. Investors are cautioned that such statements are only
predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially.
In evaluating such statements, investors should specifically consider
the various factors which could cause actual events or results to
differ materially from those indicated from such forward-looking
statements, including the matters set forth in Mail.com's reports and
documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
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