Mail.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: MAIL) a leading global provider of Internet messaging services for businesses and consumers, today announced it has partnered with BulletIN.net, a leading provider of two-way wireless Internet messaging products and services for wireless carriers. The partnership will allow Mail.com users in the United Kingdom to send and receive filtered e-mail messages using wireless handsets. Bulletinmail customers will also benefit from having a fully functional Web-based e-mailbox powered by Mail.com. Under the terms of the agreement, Mail.com will generate revenue through per message usage fees.
"We believe that the traditionally separate worlds of wireless and Internet are rapidly merging," noted Sam Kline, Mail.com Chief Operating Officer. "Because Mail.com understands the wireless landscape and the variety of protocols in place worldwide, we are developing a technology-independent solution, in partnership with BulletIN.net. Our combined solution is compatible with a wide variety of protocols including WAP (wireless application protocol) and SMS (short message service). iMODE, which is widely used in Japan will be available shortly. Mail.com is committed to extending the reach of our customers desktop e-mail to any wireless device."
Mail.com's new wireless service will enable UK users to decide how they would like to receive their e-mail messages on their wireless device. Users will be able to choose their own e-mail filtering options such as by sender, urgency and time of day. Through BulletIN.net's relationship with Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), the UK's most popular mobile phone network, Mail.com GSM Vodafone mobile subscribers will have access to additional features like single button reply, the ability to access full e-mail messages and the option to forward an e-mail to fax.
"Mail.com's enhanced wireless product offering combines BulletIN.net's cutting-edge wireless technology with Mail.com's ubiquitous WebMail to provide our UK users with the most reliable e-mail service anytime, anywhere from their wireless device or from their PC. This initiative is consistent with Mail.com's continuing mission to provide a wireless solution as part of its one-stop messaging services to all of its users," added Kline.
Mail.com and BulletIN.net are poised to take advantage of the growing wireless market because of the widespread use of SMS technology in the UK and throughout Europe. The UK represents one of the highest mobile phone market penetrations in the world, approaching 50%. The number of e-mails sent and received in the UK has doubled in the last year. The UK also continues to represent one of the largest sources of new customers for Mail.com.
"Because e-mail is the preferred form of communication in today's marketplace, this is a truly valuable service. Both Mail.com and BulletIN clearly understand people and are dedicated to helping to change their lives in a positive way," said Mike Holland, BulletIN.net Managing Director. "Today you don't have to be connected to a computer to read your e-mail. Our combined service essentially frees you from your PC."
Marlin Nelson, President, BulletIN.net Inc., said, "The convergence of the Internet and wireless is the most exciting opportunity in telecommunications this decade. The capability to provide customers with their e-mail and information content on a mobile device will dramatically change the efficiency of the work place and the individual's life. BulletIN.net and Mail.com are among the first to provide a customer with access to their e-mail while away from the desk. This will be a life-changing event for the industry and these customers. We are extremely proud that Mail.com has chosen BulletIN.net to be its wireless strategic partner."
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