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ClearSky Mobile Media and Preferred Voice Align to Provide Unified Media Center to Regional Wireless Carriers

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed services and content to regional wireless carriers, and three-year business partner, Preferred Voice (PVI), have teamed to provide wireless operators with a Unified Media Center. This single storefront includes a content-rich catalog complete with major label ringtones, ringback tones (RBTs) and other pay-per-download (PPD) content such as images, games and video clips.

As wireless carriers worldwide continuously struggle to increase ARPU, the average industry contribution of data to overall ARPU has climbed to nearly 30 percent. ClearSky’s primary objective is to offer clients an array of wireless data services that enable them to compete effectively against top tier, national carriers. This objective is achieved by providing clients with the following products and services:

  • Carrier-branded Web and WAP content storefronts
  • Comprehensive content catalog with more than 100,000 content assets
  • Powerful WAP deck creation and management tool that allows each carrier customer to create customized
  • WAP decks for different local markets and demographics
  • Single points of integration for automated provisioning and billing of both RBT and PPD content services
  • Hosted WAP Gateway and MMS-C complete with WAP and PPD content analytics reporting tool

“As ringtone sales are forecasted to decline slightly, RBT sales continue to rapidly increase; for these reasons, carriers should expand their suite of mobile data services to include RBTs along with a comprehensive catalog of PPD content from a single storefront,” said Tony Tagliareni , ClearSky’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “ClearSky and Preferred Voice are confident that the Unified Media Center will boost data ARPU and customer loyalty, and further distance each carrier from its many competitors.”

“Creating a unique mobile identity is what today’s content hungry consumer is searching for,” said Preferred Voice’s Chief Executive Officer Mary Merritt. “Our Unified Media Center provides a single place where they can shop and create that personalized touch they’re looking for.”

About Preferred Voice

Based in Dallas, TX, Preferred Voice, Inc. (OTC BB: PRFV) is a pioneer and leader in the design, development and deployment of enhanced telephony services to telecommunications carriers globally. PVI’s My Phone Services Suite includes tightly integrated products including Rockin’ Ringback™, AdBack™, and Push-To-Connect™. Preferred Voice solutions are designed with an intense focus on customers who derive strategic value from their networks. In turn, these carriers rely on Preferred Voice to create competitive advantage for their businesses. For more information visit www.preferredvoice.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

ClearSky Mobile Media Hires New Vice President of Sales

Paul McGahen Joins ClearSky with more than 20 Years of Technology Sales Experience in the Telecommunications Market.

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed services and content to regional wireless carriers, today announced the hire of Paul McGahen , a top-producing sales executive from Dallas, Texas, as vice president of sales.

With the recent addition of more than a dozen wireless carrier clients, ClearSky continues to grow its workforce to bring innovative products and services to its ever-expanding base of carrier customers and subscribers. McGahen will focus on developing and managing new customer relationships.

“McGahen’s extensive technology sales background, exceptional relationship-building abilities and proven track record in the telecommunications market makes him a perfect fit at ClearSky,” said Tony Tagliareni , ClearSky’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The experience and expertise Paul brings to the table will help ClearSky better serve our customers and contribute to our overall success.”

Prior to joining ClearSky, McGahen served as the senior sales executive at Ushacomm Tech USA, where he launched company sales activities in the untapped North American market, building the sales organization from the ground up. Earlier, he held various sales positions at Oracle, Intec Billing, ITDS, and Ericsson.

About ClearSky Mobile Media

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to subscribers at more than three dozen wireless carriers. For more information, visit www.csky.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

ClearSky Mobile Media Aligns with meetMoi to Offer Mobile Dating to Regional Wireless Carriers

Millions of Subscribers Gain Access to Today’s Most Popular Form of Online Dating

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a provider of managed services and content to regional wireless carriers, and meetMoi, the leader in location based mobile dating, announced today an agreement to provide mobile dating to millions of mobile consumers serviced through ClearSky’s broad portfolio of regional carriers.

After witnessing more than three million consumers convert from traditional desktop dating to mobile dating, experts now estimate that this more convenient form of romance will generate $1.4 billion in revenue by 2013. ClearSky chose to take advantage of what is considered one of the best areas for growth in the mobile VAS industry and add meetMoi’s leading mobile dating service to their comprehensive product suite. Carriers using ClearSky’s WAP Gateway Service can offer their subscribers access to this innovative dating experience.

“meetMoi has been looking for partners who understand the mobile space and believe in our mission of changing the way singles interact with one another,” said meetMoi CEO, Andrew Weinreich. “ClearSky has strongly demonstrated that they share our passion for advancing the mobile industry. For this reason, we believe that this will be a very successful relationship for many years to come.”

“We look forward to tapping into the ever-popular mobile dating industry and adding meetMoi’s mobile dating service to our comprehensive suite of mobile data products and services,” said Tony Tagliareni , EVP of Sales & Marketing for ClearSky. “I anticipate that this new service offering will provide data ARPU lift to our carrier clients, and will also boost customer loyalty and increase demand for mobile Internet access.”

About ClearSky Mobile Media

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base across more than three dozen carriers. For more information, visit www.csky.com.

About meetMoi

meetMoi, based in New York and backed by venture capital firms Acadia Woods Partners and ETF Venture Funds, is the first US-based location-based mobile dating service available across multiple carriers. It works on all mobile devices that can access the Internet. Leveraging a user’s exact location, meetMoi changes the way singles connect with one another in the real world.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

Corr Wireless Expands its Mobile Entertainment Offerings by Signing Multi-year Agreement with ClearSky Mobile Media

Leading Alabama-based GSM wireless network service provider now offers ClearSky’s content portfolio to 100 percent of its post-paid subscriber base.

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed services and content to wireless carriers, today announced the signing of a new long-term contract with Corr Wireless, for its full Mobile Entertainment Package.

While similar companies retreat from providing downloadable content, ClearSky continues to expand its broad content portfolio, thereby allowing carrier clients to effectively compete with top tier carriers. “We were impressed with ClearSky’s superior content, proven track record and ability to complete implementations quickly,” said Bryan Corr, CEO. “We look forward to offering our subscribers a full range of mobile entertainment solutions, backed by ClearSky’s content discovery portal, content delivery system, automated provisioning and billing integration.”

ClearSky’s managed services and extensive content catalog provide Corr Wireless with numerous benefits and features, including:

  • Downloadable content from major music labels (i.e. Universal Music Group, EMI, SonyBMG, etc.)
  • Proven carrier-grade hosted infrastructure
  • Rapid implementation process, refined through years of practical experience
  • Elimination of upfront capital costs
  • Dedicated account management staff to help maximize data ARPU
  • Hassle-free handling of all content licensing and rights management
  • Revenue-sharing business model
About ClearSky Mobile Media:

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to dozens of wireless carriers in North America and beyond. To learn more about ClearSky Mobile Media, visit www.csky.com.

About Corr Wireless:

Corr Wireless is a full service, Alabama-based wireless network service provider. While offering its customers nationwide coverage via its roaming partners, Corr Wireless also has the Only Unlimited Prepaid Nationwide Calling Plan for as low as $20 in the industry. With its customer call center and headquarters located in Oneonta, Alabama, Corr Wireless has 19 retail locations across North Alabama and Georgia. To learn more about Corr Wireless, visit www.corrwireless.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

ClearSky Signs Multi-year Agreement with Carolina West Wireless for Hosted WAP, Content and More

Leading regional carrier will be among first to offer mobile advertising to its growing subscriber base to maximize data ARPU

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed mobile data services and content to wireless carriers, today announced a new long-term contract with Carolina West Wireless (CWW) for its suite of wireless content and data services. CWW, headquartered in Wilkesboro, NC, was established in 1991. Since its inception, CWW’s active involvement in both the CTIA and the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) have positioned the company as a thought leader and vanguard among regional carriers in the United States.

CWW plans to deploy an array of ClearSky’s products and services including:

  • Hosted WAP Gateway service
  • Content Management and Distribution System
  • WAP-based mobile advertising

The deployment of ClearSky’s new Wireless Ad Insertion Framework (WAIF) will reinforce CWW’s position as a pioneer among the nation’s regional carriers. The WAIF product will allow CWW to create and manage campaigns on subscriber WAP pages, creating unique revenue opportunities.

Taken together, these products and services will enable CWW to enhance its revenue opportunities by offering its subscribers access to the mobile web and downloadable content, and by revenue generated from local and national mobile advertising.

“Carolina West has put into motion several strategic initiatives that, when completed, will dramatically improve our ability to provide superior service to our ever growing subscriber base, as well as effectively compete with top tier carriers,” said Slayton S. Stewart, CWW Chief Executive Officer. “One of our priorities is to position CWW so that our data offering is at least on par with national carriers. We believe Clearsky helps us achieve this goal.”

“ClearSky highly values each of its existing clients and celebrates the addition of new clients because each new client represents an endorsement of our products, services and business model,” said ClearSky executive vice president of sales, Tony Tagliareni . “That said, we are especially delighted to count CWW among our growing list of clients due to their stature in the industry, and their leadership position among regional carriers.”

About ClearSky Mobile Media:

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base across more than three dozen carriers. For more information, visit www.csky.com.

About Carolina West Wireless:

Carolina West Wireless was formed in 1991 and is owned by a partnership consisting of Skyline Telephone, Surry Telephone and Wilkes Telephone. Headquartered in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, CWW provides its customers with innovative technology including data and mobile services, the latest wireless equipment and competitive wireless plans that provide nationwide coverage. Detailed information about CWW is available at www.carolinawest.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

ClearSky and AdMarvel Collaborate to Offer Mobile Advertising to Regional Wireless Carriers

Millions of Additional Subscribers Gain Access to AdMarvel’s Leading Advertising Suite of Services

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a provider of managed services and content to wireless carriers, and AdMarvel, a mobile advertising mediation hub, announced today a partnership to deliver high performance ad management solutions to millions of mobile consumers serviced by ClearSky through its large portfolio of regional carriers.

Mobile advertising reached more than 4 billion consumers in 2008, and is referred to by mobile and media experts around the globe as “the seventh mass media channel.” “As advertisers and the media scramble to take advantage of this rapidly-growing mobile market, ClearSky has aligned with AdMarvel to optimize advertising opportunities and provide yet another revenue engine to drive carrier clients’ data ARPU ever higher,” said Tony Tagliareni , ClearSky’s EVP of Sales & Marketing.

AdMarvel’s extensive suite of products is hosted to ensure a fast, reliable implementation, and allow ClearSky carriers to:

Achive higher CPMs through intelligent consumer targeting
Provision on-deck and off-deck advertising
Generate consolidated performance metrics and analytics
Track ARPU at the customer, device and marketing program level

“As we strive to deliver unmatched analytics and ad revenue results to a wide range of players in the ad ecosystem, our partnership with ClearSky allows us to extend our services to millions of additional consumers,” said Mark Fruehan, AdMarvel’s EVP of Sales & Business Development. “Our full suite of services, designed to put ad traffic owners in control of their performance, is a perfect match for ClearSky’s proven track record, large market share and industry-leading portfolio.”

About ClearSky Mobile Media

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base across more than three dozen carriers. For more information, visit www.csky.com.

About AdMarvel

AdMarvel makes mobile advertising work by enabling mobile publishers and operators to easily source, provision, manage and track advertising from virtually any ad network or direct sourced advertising inventory. As the leading trusted third party in mobile advertising, AdMarvel works with mobile publishers, carriers, ad networks and advertisers to optimize advertising inventory and deliver higher revenue. AdMarvel services work across mobile web, WAP, SMS and in-application modalities. For more information, visit www.admarvel.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

ClearSky and eBuddy Partner to Facilitate Where and How People Instant Message

ClearSky Mobile Media Aligns with Global Mobile IM Leader, eBuddy

ClearSky Mobile Media, a leading provider of managed services and content to wireless providers, and eBuddy, a global leader in IM access technology, today announced plans to bring Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) to more than two million mobile consumers serviced by ClearSky through their large group of regional carriers in the North American market.

Fascination with instant messaging applications – such as AIM, MSN and Facebook – continues to grow among millions of worldwide consumers, and the demand for mobile instant messaging has skyrocketed. ClearSky’s MIM service allows consumer access to all major IM networks from their phones, creating an extension of the PC-chat environment. eBuddy allows subscribers to chat on their handsets with anyone they currently chat with on their computers. Due to the built-in mobile Web interface, MIM works on virtually all mobile phones.

MIM offers the carrier numerous benefits, including:

  • Increased demand for mobile Internet access by leveraging the popularity of IM on the desktop
  • Connection to all major IM networks through an easy-to-use, feature-rich service
  • A new, incremental monthly revenue stream from recurring subscriptions

“Consumer demand for eBuddy’s MIM service is high, and with more than 70 million users in the eBuddy database, we expect to see high demand amongst our carrier clients as well,” said ClearSky Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tony Tagliareni . “eBuddy is the leading independent global MIM leader and the North American market is a key part of our global strategy. We’re pleased to partner with an innovative company such as ClearSky Mobile Media,” adds Jan-Joost “JJ” Rueb, CEO and co-founder of eBuddy.

About ClearSky Mobile Media

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling,market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offeringswith its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wirelesstechnologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobiledata services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base of more than 60 million. To learn more about ClearSky Mobile Media, visit www.csky.com.

About eBuddy

eBuddy created the world’s first independent, web browser-based IM service in 2003 and extended the service to mobile in June 2007. eBuddy is available in 37 languages, and its patent-pending technology enables more than 18 million unique monthly visitors with AIM, Facebook, GoogleTalk, ICQ, MySpace, MSN Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! IM accounts to chat free of charge in one interface without having to download or install any application. eBuddy offers two versions of its mobile IM client, the popular J2ME version, eBuddy Mobile Messenger, and the mobile Internet version, eBuddy Lite Messenger, and is one of the world’s fastest growing MIM services with nearly 4.5 million unique monthly users. eBuddy is based in Amsterdam with additional offices in London and San Francisco, and is a privately held company backed by Prime Technology Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners. Learn more at www.ebuddy.com.

Media Contacts:

Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
ClearSky Mobile Media
Tel. +1 407 749 8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com

Mindy M. Hull
VP, Communications
eBuddy
Tel. +1 415 889 9977 (USA) or +31 625 047 680 (Amsterdam)
mhull [at] ebuddy [dot] com

ClearSky Signs Multi-year Agreement with Long Lines Wireless for Hosted WAP, MMS, Content and More

Leading Midwest carrier will offer ClearSky’s comprehensive mobile data services to subscribers on its GSM network

ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of managed services and content to wireless carriers, today announced a new long-term contract with Long Lines Wireless for its full suite of wireless content and data services. Long Lines, headquartered in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, was established in 1941, and in 2006, added wireless services to its portfolio of telephone, cable television, and high-speed internet services.

The terms of the multi-year agreement call for Long Lines to deploy ClearSky’s complete, end-to-end solution that includes hosted WAP and MMS-C service, along with ProPortal™, ProVantage™, ProVision™, ProConfig™ and RevShare integrated support systems. Taken together, these products and services will enable Long Lines to boost its ARPU by offering its post- and pre-paid subscribers access to the mobile web, multi-media messaging, and downloadable content.

“As we continue to invest in improving and expanding our wireless network in a very competitive market, it is important for Long Lines to maintain our position of leadership in all that we do. ClearSky’s ability to bring a comprehensive suite of mobile data services to our growing subscriber base played a key role in our decision,” said Paul Bergmann, Long Lines COO. “Moreover, ClearSky’s technical expertise and ability to provide their vast content library to all our subscribers won the endorsement of our whole team.”

“ClearSky is delighted to add Long Lines Wireless as the newest member of our fast-growing client community,” said ClearSky executive vice president of sales, Tony Tagliareni . “Long Lines has ambitious growth plans, and we are excited to be a part of their continued success and expansion plans.”

About ClearSky Mobile Media

With its innovative, high-quality portfolio of mobile data and entertainment solutions for carriers and MVNOs, ClearSky Mobile Media provides compelling, market-specific content solutions that drive the growth of data subscriptions and ARPU. Since 1995, ClearSky Mobile Media has pioneered mobile data offerings with its carrier-grade, private-branded portal that includes downloadable content, mobile web browsing, MMS, and managed data services across all wireless technologies. Today, ClearSky Mobile Media provides its unique mix of mobile data services and mobile content to a combined subscriber base of more than 60 million. To learn more about ClearSky Mobile Media, visit www.csky.com.

About Long Lines Wireless

Over the years, Long Lines has emerged as a leader in the telecommunications industry and has maintained a well-deserved reputation for providing services of the highest quality, reliability and innovation. With the use of high-speed fiber optic networks, Long Lines delivers Local and Long Distance Telephone, Internet, Cable TV and Wireless services to communities in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota.

Long Lines Wireless was launched in 2006 as an extension of their current communications network to provide better wireless coverage and service to the rural communities and urban centers in the Upper Midwest. To learn more about Long Lines, go to www.longlines.com.

Media Contact:
Nichole White
Marketing Communications Specialist
407.749.8886
nwhite [at] csky [dot] com