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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