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.
About Lycos, Inc.
Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.>Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.
Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions
Lycos Media, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include Lycos.com, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.
Ybrant Digital, services businesses, agencies, and online publishers worldwide in meeting their Digital marketing needs. Our clients include leading blue chip advertisers including MTV, Samsung, Viacom, Maruti Suzuki, Airtel, Sony, Coco Cola, Star India, Vodafone, Samsung Electronics, Lenovo, ING, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Titan, Unilever, P&G, Hyundai Motors, ICICI Bank, LIC, and ITC. We partner with top global publishers such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MSN and Yahoo! besides proprietary media such as Lycos, Gamesville, getMedia in Latin America and several travel websites in Australia. Lycos advertising serves between 35 to 40 billion impressions every month across the Web.
Lycos employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, China, Thailand, Panama, India, Emirates, Russia and Australia, and with representatives or partners in Spain, South Africa, and The Netherlands.
Rema Sujeeth - India
US PR Department
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