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Mobile access to millions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide with WeFi add-on for fring™

Mobile access to millions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide with WeFi add-on for fring™


Users can easily locate and access open Wi-Fi hotspots in a network of 20 million access points using the WeFi add-on from fring-enabled mobile devices


Delaware, USA and London, UK April 20, 2009: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open community-based global Wi-Fi network, and fring™ (www.fring.com), a leading mobile Internet community and communication service, today launched the WeFi add-on for fring that gives users mobile access to the largest database of 20 million Wi-Fi access points worldwide, which grows by over 1 million month by month.


The new WeFi add-on for fring provides users with easy and free access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots from their mobile devices. The alpha test of this service has been particularly popular with business and pleasure travelers who easily find Wi-Fi connections from their mobile device, saving valuable time looking for somewhere to logon, and providing affordable Internet access both locally and while roaming internationally.


“fring is a natural partner for WeFi helping to realize the full benefit of mobile Wi-Fi access, said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi, Our current users and the millions of new users we will reach via fring will enjoy easy and free access to hotspots without having to manually insert their location, and will be able to use this free internet for interacting with friends and data-hungry services such as streaming music, among other mobile internet experiences that fring facilitates


Avi Shechter, CEO of fring added “WeFi is an exciting new addition to our selection of fring add-ons because easily locating and accessing hotspots around the world makes our mobile internet experiences even more compelling for many users who prefer Wi-Fi quality and cost benefits. This is the kind of value we envisioned when we opened the fring API for developers to create their own mobile experiences, integrated into fring.


The WeFi add-on currently works on hundreds of Symbian and Windows Mobile devices with the latest version of fring which can be downloaded or upgraded from www.fring.com/download/ . A full list of supported handsets is available at www.fring.com/download/default_PC.asp . To locate and access millions of hotspots from these mobile devices, users simply select the WeFi add-on from the add-ons tab within fring. Users can locate their Wi-Fi hotspot location automatically using their handset’s GPS capability, or manually by typing in any address worldwide.


Developers can start creating their own add-ons today by using fring’s developers site - https://developers.fring.com/ - where they’ll find the fring API documentation, code samples and open source add-ons (twitter and last.fm) which they can use to leverage their current web expertise (e.g. PHP, .NET, Java) to create their own mobile internet applications using the same tools they’d use to create any web application.


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About WeFi Inc.


WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first global open Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the best Wi-Fi access points around. WeFi is driven by a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. WeFi was awarded the Forum Nokia Application of the Year EMEA award for 2008. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.


About fring™


fring™ is an award-winning mobile internet community and communication service that allows friends to connect, share experiences and enhance their communities together from their mobile device. They do this using a combination of proprietary fring™ utilities and the Internet’s most popular social and community applications including Skype, Facebook, MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk TM, Twitter, Yahoo!TM, AIM, ICQ, Orkut). fring™ is 100% free with no subscription costs; consumers simply pay for the data they use under their existing mobile operator agreement. fring™ is completely PC independent, it requires no additional hardware, has no geographical or location limitations and operates on any available mobile Internet connection: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE & WiMAX. fring™ was launched in January 2007 and has experienced phenomenal global adoption, with millions of users now enjoying the fring™ experience in more than 200 countries worldwide, and approximately 500,000 new fringsters joining the fring™ community each month. fring™ operates on Symbian Series 60 devices, Samsung S60, Sony Ericsson UIQ Smartphones, Windows Mobile, iPhone, J2ME, Linux Mobile & Intel’s Moblin devices, which currently represent more than 1,000 mobile handsets (the full list is available at http://www.fring.com website).


For more information please contact:


WeFi


Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations.


Email: jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-54-5359955.


fring™


Gil Regev, Marcom Specialist at fring™:

gilr@fring,com - Tel +972 54 268 7906

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IntelePeer and iS2 Team to Reduce Contact Center Telecom Costs, Improve Customer Service With Pre-Built Voice 2.0 Applications

IntelePeer and iS2 Team to Reduce Contact Center Telecom Costs, Improve Customer Service With Pre-Built Voice 2.0 Applications

Companies Are Jointly Developing, Marketing and Selling Hosted Call Center Services Based on IntelePeer AppworX Platform


SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - IntelePeer Inc., a leader in cost-effective hosted on-demand rich media communications, today announced an agreement to integrate powerful Voice 2.0 features into corporate Web sites and contact centers with Integrated System Solutions, Inc. (iS2), an innovative professional services and software company.


Using the IntelePeer AppworX™ open communications platform, IntelePeer and iS2 have developed innovative Voice 2.0 services that will help customer contact centers reduce costs while improving customer service performance. Using the hosted AppworX platform and IntelePeer’s carrier-grade voice network as a foundation, iS2 has developed key plug-ins that will significantly reduce the time, up-front development costs and business risks typically involved in bringing powerful new business features to contact centers and Web platforms. This simultaneously reduces communications expenses and nearly eliminates up-front capital costs.


The jointly developed services allow iS2’s and IntelePeer’s customers to deploy new voice functionality within their existing applications. Features include: customer click2connect from the Web that provides the agent with associated customer data; call center agent click2connect, click2conference, and SMS or voice notifications. These advanced contact center Voice 2.0 features can also be easily deployed enterprise-wide, allowing iS2 vendor and service provider customers to improve their service while reducing costs.


“We offer a spectrum of pre-built solutions and services that focus on providing maximum business value while reducing operational costs,” said Viru Gupte, lead consultant and founder, Integrated Systems Solutions. “With IntelePeer’s voice network and services, we can bring innovative services into existing applications, while delivering carrier-grade reliability and performance that is vital for our customers. At the same time, we can offer our customers significant cost savings in their telecom expenditures.”


“IntelePeer’s relationship with iS2, an innovative and flexible systems integrator, shows the promise and value we offer for corporate contact centers,” said John Hart, senior vice president of business development and marketing for IntelePeer. “With iS2, we see tremendous opportunities to develop, integrate and deploy new business services that integrate Voice 2.0 features with Web and other customer-facing portals. By teaming together, we are driving new revenue opportunities while introducing new ways to reduce expenses for our customers.”


About Integrated Systems Solutions (iS2)

Integrated Systems Solutions (iS2) (www.is2corp.com) creates tools and business solutions that make customer interactions more effective and profitable. Their value-priced consulting services and best-in-class solutions such as hosted Click-2-Dial, Conferencing, Voice & SMS Blasts, Thin-client SoftPhone and Performance Tuning services reduces cost while providing exceptional customer service. iS2’s clients are top companies in the telecommunications, financial services, insurance, health care, and logistics industries.


About IntelePeer

IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device — without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworX™, our SuperRegistry™ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


IntelePeer, IntelePeer AppworX and SuperRegistry are trademarks of IntelePeer, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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