Mail.com (NASDAQ: MAIL), a leading global provider of Internet messaging services to the business and consumer markets, today announced a partnership with Shoutmail.com, a provider of Internet-telephone applications. This strategic partnership allows Mail.com members to listen and reply to their e-mail messages from any telephone or cell phone.
"Partnering with Shoutmail.com further expands our suite of advanced messaging features and strengthens our strategy of offering a fully integrated communications portal to our members," said Lon Otremba, chief operating officer for Mail.com.
Through this partnership, Mail.com members will be able to dial a local phone number and access their e-mail via voice (text-to-speech) or by using a WAP (wireless access protocol) smart phone's text interface. Using any telephone device, members can then reply to their e-mail by recording voice messages, which appear as voice-attachments on e-mail messages. Shoutmail.com provides members with hundreds of local phone numbers throughout the country, so the phone calls are free.
"With this added feature from Shoutmail.com our members will have the ability to turn their phone into an Internet messaging appliance for free, giving our members greater options in keeping in touch with the information that is important to them, anywhere they may be and at anytime of the day. It really is where e-mail is going," added Otremba.
"The beauty of Mail.com is that it gave Web access to your e-mail, eliminating the need for a desktop client. Now, Shoutmail.com will let Mail.com make e-mail even more ubiquitous by extending its reach to the phone," said Shoutmail.com President and CEO Jacob Guedalia. "The integration with Mail.com validates Shoutmail.com's technology platform. Shoutmail.com's technology can work with any Partner's e-mail, to phone-enable their e-mail accounts, both POP-3 compliant and proprietary services."
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