New Hand-Held, Wireless Instant Messaging Device First and Only To Offer Text Messaging
Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 Introduces the Industry’s Lowest Text Messaging Option for $4.99 per Month
GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From the company who pioneered the first Wi-Fi based hand-held instant messaging (IM) device, Zipit Wireless, Inc. announced today it will begin offering Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 (Z2) users the ability to send and receive SMS text messages beginning December 20. The Z2 brings together IM and SMS text messaging into one sleek device giving consumers the ability to communicate to cell phones, other Zipit devices and personal computers while freeing up the family computer without the risk of a surprise phone bill at the end of the month. This is the first and only purely Wi-Fi based device to offer the flexibility of both types of messaging. The new texting option is available at $4.99 per month and includes no overage penalties, no hidden fees, and no service cancellation restrictions – making it the only no-surprises, no-strings-attached texting option on the market. In another industry first, all Z2 users will be able to enjoy the convenience of 10 free messages per month with no contract requirements.
With more than half of the country’s teens sending billions of instant messages every day, IM is the number one text-based communication choice for teens, followed by text messaging. The Z2 allows teens to have multiple, concurrent conversations with their friends for free at any Wi-Fi enabled home, at any of the more than 9,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s® restaurants in the U.S., powered by Wayport, or at any open or free wireless “hotspot.” The new text message service will be integrated within Zipit’s existing IM friends list where multiple text conversations can be held simultaneously and mixed in with IM conversations. Instead of inbox and sent messages, conversations are managed in sequential order and stored in a single conversation window, just how teens communicate.
“Our users expect the Z2 to evolve as technology provides new opportunities,” said Ralph Heredia, vice president, business development, Zipit Wireless. “This addition of text messaging demonstrates our commitment to find new ways to make the Z2 even more compelling and convenient.”
Z2’s text messaging communicates with more than 20 cellular carriers and supports all major IM platforms used by teens – AOL, Yahoo and MSN. To introduce the new feature, all Z2 users will receive the full text messaging service, up to 3000 messages per month, for free through January 31, 2008. Beginning February 1, 2008, Z2 users will be able to add 3,000 messages per month for only $4.99.
“The Z2 is designed to give teens and preteens a cool device that has all the features they want while giving parents the peace of mind that their kids are safe,” said Frank Greer, chief executive officer and president, Zipit Wireless. “And now the new text messaging feature allows Z2 users to stay in touch no matter where their friends are or what type of device they are using.”
The Z2 can be ordered for $149.99 exclusively at www.zipitwireless.com.
The web-accessed parent portal (http://parents.zipitwireless.com) enables parents to manage the amount of time teens can use the Z2, specify the times and days of the week that the Z2 can be used and monitor incoming and outgoing text messages. This cutting-edge technology provides parents with an added layer of security and comfort that complements the safety features inherent to the Z2 design – such as protecting users from well-known Internet hazards that include spam, viruses and access to inappropriate Web sites.
The Z2 also includes a fully capable music player called MyTunez that provides instant access to music collections stored on an optional mini-SD card or streamed from the Internet. Teens can also view photos and slideshows with the built-in MyPhotoz feature.
About Zipit Wireless, Inc.
Zipit Wireless, Inc. is a Greenville, S.C.-based developer of consumer electronics. The company focuses on wireless communication and entertainment devices that leverage the Internet and the explosion of Wi-Fi networks, while removing the dependency on the family computer. Zipit Wireless’ newest product, the Z2, was awarded DigitalLife 2007 Best of Show for portable devices. For more information about Zipit Wireless Inc. and the Z2, visit www.zipitwireless.com.
About Wayport, Inc.
Building on its established network infrastructure encompassing nearly 12,000 locations in 35 countries, Wayport designs, develops and enables software and applications over carrier grade networks for innovative organizations in a number of vertical markets encompassing retail, health care, hospitality, managed services and others. Wayport helps organizations attract and retain loyal customers, create new business capabilities and improve operational efficiencies at premier venues including major hotels, airports, McDonald’s and Hertz locations, and other retail brands worldwide. To learn more about Wayport, please visit www.wayport.net or to see locations worldwide, visit www.wayport.net/locations.