WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jun 04, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NetZero, Inc. announced today that it has launched NetZero(R) Toll-Free, a new service plan that allows people living in areas without a local connection number to connect to the Internet with NetZero's accelerated dial-up service without paying long distance telephone charges.
"While NetZero has previously been available through local access numbers to users in approximately 95 percent of the United States, there have always been certain areas in the country where potential members had very limited, if any, options for dial-up internet service," said Robert J. Taragan, President of United Online's Communications Segment. "With our new Toll-Free plan, our customers and potential customers in these heretofore 'uncovered' areas can now have access to the NetZero service without having to pay long distance phone charges."
Dial-up customers living in areas without local access numbers may have to pay long distance rates of up to 10 cents a minute to their telephone carrier to access the Internet. With NetZero(R) Toll-Free, users pay $19.95 a month for 30 hours of access, equating to 1.1 cents per minute.
NetZero accelerated dial-up increases Web surfing speeds without a broadband connection. Like all NetZero accelerated dial-up users, NetZero(R) Toll-Free customers also receive protection from viruses and an email account with spam protection. The NetZero(R) Toll-Free service also provides the following features and protections:
|||Two GB of email storage|
|||Unlimited access to all of NetZero's local dial-up numbers|
|||Personalized content and powerful search capabilities|
|||PC protection from spyware, Trojan horses, and Internet worm attacks|
|||Compatibility with all of the popular instant messaging products|
Consumers can get NetZero(R) Toll-Free by downloading it at www.netzero.com/tollfree, or by calling 1-800-NETZERO.
About United Online(R):
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD) is a leading provider of consumer products and services over the Internet, where the company's brands have attracted a large online audience that includes more than 60 million registered consumer accounts. The company's floral and related offerings include products and services for consumers and retail florists, as well as for other retail locations offering floral products and services, in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The floral business utilizes the highly recognized FTD (www.ftd.com) and Interflora (www.interflora.co.uk) brands, both supported by the Mercury Man logo that is displayed in approximately 45,000 retail floral shops worldwide. The company's Classmates Media services include online social networking (www.Classmates.com) and online loyalty marketing (www.MyPoints.com) in North America. Classmates Media also operates online social networking Web sites in a number of European countries. The company's Communications services include value-priced Internet access and email provided by NetZero (www.netzero.com) and Juno (www.Juno.com).
Headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, United Online operates through a global network of locations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and India. More information about United Online is available on the company's Web site located at: www.unitedonline.com.
Note to Editors: NetZero and United Online are trademarks or registered trademarks of United Online, Inc. or its subsidiaries. The names of any other companies, products and services used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the company's proposed marketing initiatives and product and service offerings. Potential factors that could affect the company's ability to perform and consequently its business, financial condition and results of operations include the company's inability or failure to implement any or all planned marketing initiatives or to satisfy demand for the services offered, failures, interruptions, delays or other problems with the company's systems or our third-party vendors or their systems, technological issues, the company's inability to successfully compete with numerous other dial-up Internet access providers as well as providers of broadband services, significant revisions to the company's services, pricing and marketing strategies and business model, as well as other factors described in United Online, Inc.'s annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov), including, without limitation, information under the captions "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors."
SOURCE: NetZero, Inc.
Erik Randerson, CFA, 818-287-3350
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