SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27 - Pinger, Inc. today expanded its service to tens of millions of Blackberry and US mobile phone users. Pinger, which provides text messaging for your voice, released a mobile application to optimize the Pinger experience for Blackberry users. In addition, Pinger expanded general support for mobile phones on nearly every US mobile carrier including Cingular (the new AT&T), Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, Virgin Mobile, US Cellular, Cellular One/Dobson, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Unicel, SunCom Wireless, Cincinnati Bell, Cellular South and Tracfone. Pinger's footprint now covers over 95 percent of US mobile subscribers.
"With the Blackberry application, we've finally made it easy for Blackberry customers to message with their lungs when they can't use their thumbs," said Greg Woock, CEO of Pinger. "Mobile professionals love Pinger because it's a fast and easy way to message groups or individuals while on the go."
Pinger has grown rapidly since its beta launch in September 2006, increasing its user base by an average of 20 percent per week. Today's release builds on that growth by enabling any US mobile phone user to listen to a Pinger message without having to sign up to the service.
"With this upgrade, getting your first Pinger voice message is as easy as receiving a text message," Woock said. "Pinger already is changing the way people communicate by bringing back the personality of voice to today's mobile messaging mix."
Among Pinger's heaviest users are mobile professionals who rely on Pinger voice messaging to stay in touch while in the car, walking between meetings or otherwise on the go. The Pinger Blackberry application provides an enhanced experience, giving these users one-click access to their last 10 Pinger messages and streamlining the notification and retrieval process. The Pinger Blackberry application joins a similar application introduced earlier for Palm Treo users. As of today, Blackberry customers will automatically get the Pinger Blackberry application when they sign up to Pinger at www.pinger.com.
Now, Pinger no longer requires new users to sign up for the Pinger service to begin receiving voice messages on their mobile phones. Instead, Pinger members can send Pinger voice messages to new users, directly to their mobile phone, even if the intended recipient is not a Pinger member. Recipients receive a text message prompting them to click and call a local phone number to instantly hear the Pinger voice message with no annoying prompts or lengthy greetings.
Signing up to Pinger has many advantages, though. After importing and adding contacts, Pinger members can send a message by simply saying the name of the person or group they want to message. Pinger members also can access, manage and even send and receive voice messages through a web interface.
Pinger was founded on the vision that using your voice to message should be as fast, simple and convenient as email or SMS. The patent pending Pinger service enables people, for the first time, to send instant voice messages to nearly anyone regardless of carrier or phone type. Founded in late 2005 by former Palm executives Greg Woock and Joe Sipher, Pinger has a proven management team who believes deeply in building simple products and services that just work. Located in San Jose, California, Pinger is privately held and currently recruiting smart people who like to create great products and have fun. For more information, visit www.pinger.com.
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