SEATTLE, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced the acquisition of Muzicall, a leading service provider for mobile carriers and media companies in Europe, best known for its ringback tone (RBT) platform and innovative direct-to-consumer marketing approach to the RBT business. Muzicall has been integrated into RealNetworks' Mobile Entertainment division, which in partnership with carriers manages 18 million active global ringback tone subscribers.
By combining Muzicall's technology and integrated customer relationships with RealNetworks' existing footprint and global reach, RealNetworks' Mobile Entertainment division will create an innovative platform that strives to make consumers' calling experiences more enjoyable and productive.
"Muzicall has done a great job of pioneering direct-to-consumer marketing of RBT in partnership with carriers across Europe," said Max Pellegrini, President of RealNetworks' Mobile Entertainment division. "We think that combining Muzicall with our very large RBT global footprint and leading technology will strengthen our RBT business and accelerate our program to reinvent and reinvigorate RBT."
"We founded Muzicall in 2004 to change the consumer calling experience," said Richard Jackson, Muzicall founder and Vice President of Sales. "Muzicall has been successful in Europe. By joining forces with RealNetworks, we can expand our horizons globally. The entire Muzicall team is excited about the next chapter of our growth."
Muzicall currently distributes a portfolio of apps that assist with productivity and charity fundraising, as well as music and sports ringback tones, reaching more than 500,000 subscribers across Europe. Notably, Muzicall's Dead Tone app has been shortlisted for a number of industry-leading awards since it was released. The company's carrier relationships in Europe include EE (Orange + T-Mobile UK), Virgin Mobile in the United Kingdom, Optimus in Portugal, Swisscom and Orange in Switzerland.
For more information on Muzicall, please visit www.muzicall.com.
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