the leading provider of mobile phone content portability services, today
announced a partnership with Zipwhip, a text messaging utility for the
web. Under this partnership, Zipwhip users will be able to use
FusionOne’s Network Address Book multi-sync service to import the
contacts from their mobile phones directly into Zipwhip, making all of
their mobile contacts conveniently accessible on Zipwhip.
With over 100 billion text messages sent every month in the U.S., text
messaging has clearly become a full-blown communication medium. Zipwhip
is a text messaging utility for the web that gives consumers the ability
to send text messages to mobile phones using a web browser, regardless
of the mobile service provider. While there are carrier-specific web
sites that let users send text messages within the same carrier, Zipwhip
is the only solution that can send text messages to anyone with a mobile
phone in the U.S.
FusionOne’s multi-sync service, known as Network Address Book,
centralizes contact lists across a wide range of communications
services, including mobile and web applications and mobile phones.
Network Address Book consolidates these contact lists into a single
globally accessible location that enables users to update all their
address books, driving increased customer satisfaction and usability.
“We’ve always believed that mobile content portability-the ability to
move content between both devices and services-can be beneficial to both
consumers and carriers,” said Mohan Sadashiva, senior vice president of
marketing, FusionOne. “This partnership shows that Network Address Book
is more than simply storing mobile phone numbers-it’s about making your
address book available to other services.”
Zipwhip is currently live with over 100,000 beta users, with the top 20%
of users spending an average of 6 hours and 28 minutes per day on the
application. This level of usage on a carrier portal is truly
unprecedented-Users have traditionally only used the carrier portal for
a few minutes per month to pay their bill.
“One of the top requests we’ve been receiving from our beta users has
been the ability to sync their contacts from their mobile phone to
Zipwhip,” said John Lauer, CEO, Zipwhip. “These responses, along with
the usage statistics we’ve seen, are strong signs that the Zipwhip
software is becoming a serious web destination-- something very
desirable to mobile carriers.”
FusionOne is the established leader in mobile content portability,
helping mobile subscribers transfer their content between mobile devices
and sharing their content with popular internet applications—anytime,
anywhere. FusionOne pioneered mobile phone content transfer and its
products, including Handset Transfer Solution and Network Address Book,
currently support millions of subscribers on many major carriers
worldwide. FusionOne’s products have managed and protected over 1.5
billion phone contacts, providing the foundation for the world’s largest
social network. Founded in 1998, FusionOne is headquartered in San Jose,
California with additional offices in Tallinn, Estonia. For more
information, visit www.fusionone.com.
Zipwhip is a text messaging utility on the web where users can send and
receive text messages quickly and easily. Unlike other messaging
applications, Zipwhip is the only application that is focused purely on
SMS. Zipwhip works closely with all U.S. mobile carriers in the effort
to help evolve text messaging beyond the mobile phone. Its technology
introduces ground-breaking functionality while holding true to the
distinct cultural aspects of texting that consumers have fully embraced.
Zipwhip is headquartered in Seattle, WA. For more information, visit www.zipwhip.com
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