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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--, 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 members voice access to their e-mail account. The new service, powered by, a premier provider of Internet-telephone applications, allows members to send and receive e-mail messages from any telephone or cell phone. To use the service, scroll to the bottom of the welcome page and click on "Listen to your e-mail by phone."

Using any telephone device, 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 address book via the telephone and send e-mail to any recipient saved in their records. Because provides members with hundreds of local phone numbers throughout the country, the phone calls are free., 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

"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 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 to continue to bring new phone-access applications to the Web," said President and CEO Jacob Guedalia.

About Consumer Messaging Services'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's wide variety of domain names to personalize their e-mail addresses. We serve the consumer market directly through the flagship site at as well as through partnerships with top branded Web sites, including NBC, CBS SportsLine,, CNET, and 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's significant network of users through online advertising,'s e-commerce site and permission-marketing. Ranked fifth in terms of reach, continues to be the only e-mail company recognized by Media Metrix, the leader in Internet and digital media measurement.

About Mail.Com

Founded in 1996,, 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: 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 is available at

About, Inc.

Based in Boston, MA, 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. 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 or call 617-713-6377 ext 207. Individual users can register for their free accounts at 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 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's reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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