LYCOS LAUNCHES LYCOS PHONE, INTERNET'S FIRST FREE VoIP INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION PLATFORM, COMBINING IM, VIDEO CHAT, REAL-TIME VIDEO ON DEMAND AND MP3 PLAYER
Lycos Teams with Globe7, All-In-One Soft Phone, Converting Laptop/Desktop into Second TelephoneWALTHAM, Mass. - March 27, 2006 - Lycos, Inc. (www.lycos.com), a leading media destination for creators and consumers of quality content, today announced the launch of Lycos Phone, the internet's first-ever VoIP softphone application to combine robust entertainment features, powered by Globe7. Located at www.lycos.globe7.com, Lycos now offers a free downloadable white label VoIP platform, in partnership with Globe7, fulfilling users' communication and entertainment needs by converting their laptops and desktops into second phones. With Lycos Phone, users can make free calls from PC to PC. They can also make free PC to PC video calls and receive unlimited free incoming calls from any landline or mobile phone, from around the world. Users also receive 100 free minutes of PC to landline and PC to mobile phone calls, and can earn additional free minutes through various promotional offers with Lycos Phone. Unlike Skype and other VoIP services, Lycos in partnership with Globe7 is the first to introduce a VoIP system bringing full multimedia support for music and video on demand for both professional and independent content. The Lycos Phone platform provides free video on demand access to more than 300 movie trailers, business news, world sports and more, allowing users to search the web while chatting with buddies. Additionally, unlike Skype and Yahoo, Lycos Phone offers a free U.S. phone number, free fax and free voicemail to email. "This partnership with Globe7 allows Lycos to team with a best-of-breed global platform, leveraging Globe7's real-time communications infrastructure to provide other innovative services like Internet Protocol television," said Alfred Tolle, CEO of Lycos, Inc. "We are in a very unique position to now provide this audio and video distribution platform to our millions of independent content creators throughout the Lycos Network." "Globe7 was built from the ground up as a standards-based Voice-over-IP system with a wide array of voice call features such as voice mail, and integration with the existing U.S. and International telephone networks," Tolle added. "This, in combination with our upcoming Lycos HanMail system, based on Daum's highly successful HanMail product in Korea, will allow Lycos to leap-frog all existing communications offerings available today." "We are very excited to be partnering with Lycos on this white label solution of our Globe7 free downloadable soft phone application," said Venkat Meenavalli, CEO of Globe7. "We chose to team with Lycos to introduce our application to the U.S. audience because of Lycos' strong brand recognition as well as their strong focus on content and their rich heritage in search." Currently, Globe7 supports Windows 2000 and XP. Future enhancements will support Linux, Mac OS, Palm OS and Pocket PC.
About Globe7Globe7 is a free downloadable soft phone integrated with Voice, Video, IM, MP3 player and real time video streaming, powered by online advertising. Globe7 powers 20 million simultaneous sessions for voice, video, IM and real-time video streaming.
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Established in 1995, Lycos was founded as one of the first search engines. In stride with the changing Internet, Lycos has gone through propitious transformations, acquiring Gamesville.com, Tripod.com, and Angelfire.com, to build the established network that it is today.
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