World's Largest Wireless Flirting Service has Customers Romancing the Phone; SMS.ac Formally Launches smsFlirt in Time for Valentine's Day

Find a Date or Meet a Mate Wirelessly in More Than 220 Countries

San Diego, California, UNITED STATES


SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- After a beta test period, wireless technology pioneer SMS.ac, Inc. yesterday launched smsFlirt (www.sms.ac/flirt), a wireless service that enables participants to locate, send and instantly receive text communications anywhere in the world. During the first eight hours of the smsFlirt launch, more than 1 million SMS (Short Message Service) messages were sent via this service.

Sending and receiving SMS communications in time for Valentine's Day is as easy as registering for free at www.sms.ac.

On the forefront of SMS and next-generation multimedia technology, SMS.ac (www.sms.ac) enables its users to search for and flirt with people around the world using full color images and self-composed profiles (example: heather00). Text communications can be received on virtually any SMS-enabled mobile phone, regardless of location, or network platform. SMS.ac's accumulation of communications-based content such as digital photographs is designed to facilitate the rapid deployment of next-generation devices, as they become available.

Utilizing search criteria ranging from gender, age and location to body type, eye color and religious preferences, mobile phone users like Heather00 can flirt with potential Valentines all over the world. Each SMS.ac registered user completes a personal profile, which is used as a sort of virtual phonebook that includes everything from pictures and hobbies, to religious and dating preferences. If Heather00 is looking to make contact with a male in Connecticut who enjoys extreme sports and classic rock, her search might easily lead to (example: Dasarius). Try smsFlirt for yourself at www.sms.ac/flirt

More than 30 billion text messages per month are currently sent to mobile phones internationally. And while U.S. adoption of text messaging has been slow due to lack of network interoperability, SMS.ac chairman and chief executive officer, Michael Pousti, says that removal of network and other barriers will promote rapid growth of SMS messaging domestically and abroad.

"For consumers, text messaging is contagious. It's fun, affordable and really easy," said Pousti. "And network operators in the U.S. are doing the math and discovering that text messaging represents billions of dollars in potential revenue. Wireless operators need to open communications to cross-network exchanges. That promotes SMS use-and that ultimately benefits everyone."

Utilizing wireless MMSbox(tm) technology (www.sms.ac/mmsbox) that allows SMS messaging across more than 400 networks worldwide, users can locate and communicate with each other, regardless of what standard is embraced by network operators (GSM, CDMA, TDMA).

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About SMS.ac

Through its core technologies, SMS.ac enables network operators, technology standards, consumers and application/content developers to interact worldwide. SMS.ac's MMSbox(tm) technologies unify GSM, CDMA, TDMA, the Internet and next-generation standards for the first time. The result is interaction not previously possible amongst a critical mass of developers, consumers and businesses-- igniting the widespread adoption and use of wireless data for network operators.

SMS.ac drives revenues through technology licensing, subscriptions, sponsorships and shared revenue opportunities. SMS.ac's consumer site (www.sms.ac) is an example of the brandable web interfaces to MMSbox(tm) technologies available for licensing. The community of wireless enthusiasts at SMS.ac represents one of the fastest growing consumer properties on the Internet. SMS.ac and MMSbox are trademarks of SMS.ac, Incorporated. Other trademarks or service marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. To view the SMS.ac corporate web site, visit www.sms.ac/corporate.



        

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