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uReach offers WAP access to email, voicemail, and fax
Posted: 01-Feb-2000 [Source: uReach press release]

[US company offers integrated WAP compatible services.]

New York -- uReach.com, the leading all-in-one national communications service, has become the first communications provider to release wireless access to email, voicemail and faxes via WAP (wireless application protocol) phones. Now uReach.com members can access the service from any Web-enabled phone.

"This is another milestone in our drive to make it easier for our consumers to stay in touch," said uReach.com CEO Krishnamurty Kambhampati. "With uReach, you have access to all of your messages, in whatever form, wherever you are and however you want. We firmly believe that wireless data is the next great frontier in communications. We are excited to be the first to offer an integrated communications service on this new and rapidly growing platform."

With the beta launch of the wireless service, uReach.com customers will have access to their uReach Message Center from any Sprint PCS Wireless (NYSE: PCS) Web-enabled phone or other Web-enabled phone. Customers can receive email, voicemail and faxes in their Message Center, accessible via the Web, any touch-tone phone and now through Web-enabled mobile phones.

Existing uReach.com customers can also access the new wireless service from any Web-enabled phone by visiting . No special activation is required; every uReach account is WAP enabled. A final release of the service is planned for February. It will be offered free for a limited time.

"Our focus is on making communications convenient, accessible and hassle-free in today's busy world," Kambhampati said. "Many people today have multiple phones, a cell phone, a pager and multiple email accounts. Often, these devices and services come from different providers and are not always accessible remotely. There have always been issues of accessibility and compatibility. uReach.com customers don't have to worry about this; we make these tools work together seamlessly, and make the service accessible anywhere."

When customers log into uReach.com from a WAP phone, they will see their new messages, sorted by type. Customers can view email, forward faxes to any U.S. fax machine and listen to voice messages. The wireless service is fully integrated with uReach.com. For example, if the caller ID information on a voice message matches a number in the customers' address book, the caller's name will appear on the WAP phone. With one click, the customer can return the call or call uReach to hear the message.

Customers can also control uReachMe from their WAP phone. uReachMe allows customers to redirect calls coming into their toll-free number to virtually any phone in the United States. The routing can also change automatically based on the customer's schedule.

"While our competitors are still trying to adapt their services to WAP, uReach.com is already leading the way," said David Ittner, uReach.com's chief technology officer. "The flexibility of our underlying architecture allows us to move quickly and adapt to rapid changes in communications technology, and to the needs of the marketplace."

uReach.com is the leading all-in-one communications service that integrates all communications tools, enabling consumers to manage calls, voicemail, email, faxes and pages in one place. The service is accessed over the Internet or via a "uNumber," a free personal 800 number. uReach.com is designed for professionals, parents, travelers, and students; anyone wanting a simple way to stay in touch. Consumers can register online at http://www.uReach.com.

Developed by experts with extensive experience in building scalable consumer communications services at major telecommunications firms including AT&T, Lucent, Bell Labs, and Telcordia, uReach.com was founded in 1998 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and is privately held.

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