Los Angeles, CA, June 20, 2004 --(PR.com
)-- Mail2World, Inc., a global provider of advanced outsourced messaging and collaboration solutions, today announced the signing of a multi-year, worldwide partnership agreement with ICQ ("I Seek You"), a world-leading online communications community and instant messaging service provider. The Mail2World/ICQ agreement significantly enhances ICQ's email service offerings and will improve email communications for ICQ's more than 180 million registered users in 245 countries.
"It's a privilege to extend our Mail2World technology throughout the global ICQ community," stated Youssef Abed, Executive Vice President of Mail2World. "ICQ is one of the most respected instant-messaging providers in the world. After four years in development, we're gratified that a company known for its user-centric, full-featured product line has recognized a match in our company. We look forward to building on our solid relationship to advance the integration of instant messaging and email technologies."
"We've been looking for a partner to take our email offerings to the next level, and Mail2World brings us the sophistication of its Pangia Communications Platform along with a brilliant team of technologists," said Orey Gilliam, General Manager of ICQ. "Together, we can transcend the bounds of traditional communications and create something new and exciting for our millions of worldwide users."
"One objective we want to achieve with Mail2World is increased email usage and new user registrations," added Etie Tamari, Sales Director for ICQ. "We think Mail2World offers some very appealing enhancements to our email service, including integrated spam and virus protection; customizable interface skins and colors; an easy-to-use multilingual interface and an integrated email translator that our global IM users are sure to appreciate. Our plan is to offer enhanced email as a free service with upgrades to features such as online calendar, streaming video email, email-2-SMS text messaging and extra storage."
ICQ is wholly owned by America Online, Inc. ("AOL"). ICQ was created in 1996 by the Israel-based company, Mirabilis, and acquired by AOL in 1998. ICQ is a world-leading communications community with over 180 million registered users worldwide. On days when connected to the ICQ service, users spend an average of over five hours on the service. ICQ offers one of the most robust instant messaging and enhanced communications features in the market today. The product is available for free at www.icq.com.