BEIJING, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Mobile Communication Corporation (China Mobile), one of the telecommunications operator partners of KongZhong Corporation (Nasdaq: KONG), has begun to implement an additional series of measures which are targeted at further improving the user experience for mobile handset embedded services in addition to the introduction of a new SMS code management system.
The new measures are in addition to those measures that the Company announced in its press release of December 10, 2009, which are currently still in place.
Over the course of the next few weeks and under the guidance of China Mobile, wireless value added services (WVAS) that are embedded in handsets will be required to introduce additional notices and confirmations to end-consumers during the purchase of such services.
Similarly, over the course of the next few weeks, services related to SMS short codes will be required to be more tailored to the specific service offering or service partner. Previously, a single SMS code could be used for multiple service offerings or partners.
As these measures are implemented, the Company expects its first quarter 2010 WVAS revenues (which do not include mobile games, WIS or online game revenues) to decline by approximately 20% to 25% from third quarter 2009 levels, or to be between US$ 19.0 million to US$ 20.0 million in the three-month period ending March 31, 2010.
These new revenue projections for the Company's WVAS business already include the impact from the suspension of WAP billing, previously announced in its press release of December 10, 2009.
However, the Company does not expect its mobile game operations to be significantly impacted, and expects no impact on its online game operations as a result of these new policies.
The Company is actively reviewing its business operations to adjust to the new policy changes in the WVAS market. These new policy changes are expected to potentially significantly reduce the number of service providers in the market in the coming months, which may benefit more established service providers, such as the Company, over the longer term. Moreover, the Company expects these new measures to create a foundation for a healthier market environment as the Company and its mobile operator partners seek to develop and the expand the WVAS market for 3G services.
KongZhong Corporation is a leading mobile Internet company in China. The Company delivers wireless value-added services to consumers in China through multiple technology platforms, including wireless application protocol (WAP), multimedia messaging service (MMS), JAVA(TM), short messaging service (SMS), interactive voice response (IVR) and color ring-back tone (CRBT). The Company operates three wireless Internet sites, Kong.net, Ko.cn and cn.NBA.com, which enable users to access media, entertainment and community content directly from their mobile phones. The Company also designs and operates mobile games, including mobile online games, JAVA games and WAP games.
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