T-Online Selects MessageVine's Instant Messaging Technology

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from MessageVine, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MessageVine, the leading provider of
 carrier scale wireless and wireline instant messaging (IM) solutions, has
 announced the licensing of MessageVine's IM platform technology, by T-Online,
 giving Europe's largest Internet access provider the ability to provide
 presence-based, two-way messaging to its 7.9 million subscribers.
     Under the terms of the agreement, the scaleable IM server from MessageVine
 operates as the core of a comprehensive solution that gives T-Online
 completely customised desktop and wireless messaging applications.  The
 T-Online Messenger (TOM) is designed around the brand and services offered by
 T-Online.  From PCs and mobile devices, TOM users can create buddy lists, see
 whether their buddies are available to chat (online, mobile, do not disturb,
 offline etc.), and communicate in real time.
     "We believe that enabling presence-based messaging between all
 Internet-capable devices -- including mobiles and PDAs -- increases the value
 of the services that T-Online offers to its subscribers," said Eli Efrat, CEO
 of MessageVine.  "Our goal is to give wireless operators and ISPs the most
 technologically advanced IM solutions, in turn enabling them to offer their
 subscribers the best communications services possible."
     Beyond giving users the ability to communicate with each other by desktop
 and wireless IM, TOM acts as a launch pad for the T-Online portal.  The
 branded desktop messenger gives users additional services -- such as news
 feeds, shopping promotions and direct access to T-Online eMail -- encouraging
 them to access the T-Online site and make use of other T-Online services more
 frequently.
     Europe has been less quick to embrace IM than the US.  As the largest
 Internet access provider in Europe the decision by T-Online to provide an IM
 service to its subscribers is extremely significant.  In an increasingly
 competitive marketplace, services such as IM enable Internet access providers,
 multi-access portals, carriers and telcos to differentiate themselves,
 increase customer loyalty and develop new revenue streams.
     TOM is now available for download at http://www.t-online.de/service/ and
 wireless TOM can be accessed at http://wap.tom.t-online.de.
 
     About T-Online
     T-Online International AG is Europe's leading online service provider.
 The group, active not only in Germany, but in France, Austria, Spain and
 Portugal, has 7.9 million customers (as per December 31st 2000).  The German
 portal http://www.t-online.de reaches more than half of all German Internet
 users, making it the unchallenged market leader by far (MMXI).  Page
 impressions on the German T-Online portal http://www.t-online.de have almost
 tripled from 139 million in January 2000 to 380 million in January 2001.  The
 T-Online group currently employs about 2700 people (as per December 31th
 2000).  Further information: http://www.t-online.de.
 
     About MessageVine
     MessageVine is the leading worldwide provider of private-label Instant
 Messaging server products, delivering completely branded and customized
 carrier-scale wireless and wireline IM solutions to wireless carriers, telcos
 and ISPs.  MessageVine's products, designed with open architecture that
 integrates with the full array of back-end systems, enable its customers to
 extend their brands and maintain constant communication with their
 subscribers.  Privately funded, MessageVine was founded in 1999 and has
 offices in New York, San Mateo and Tel Aviv.  For more information, please
 visit http://www.messagevine.com.
 
 

SOURCE MessageVine, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MessageVine, the leading provider of
 carrier scale wireless and wireline instant messaging (IM) solutions, has
 announced the licensing of MessageVine's IM platform technology, by T-Online,
 giving Europe's largest Internet access provider the ability to provide
 presence-based, two-way messaging to its 7.9 million subscribers.
     Under the terms of the agreement, the scaleable IM server from MessageVine
 operates as the core of a comprehensive solution that gives T-Online
 completely customised desktop and wireless messaging applications.  The
 T-Online Messenger (TOM) is designed around the brand and services offered by
 T-Online.  From PCs and mobile devices, TOM users can create buddy lists, see
 whether their buddies are available to chat (online, mobile, do not disturb,
 offline etc.), and communicate in real time.
     "We believe that enabling presence-based messaging between all
 Internet-capable devices -- including mobiles and PDAs -- increases the value
 of the services that T-Online offers to its subscribers," said Eli Efrat, CEO
 of MessageVine.  "Our goal is to give wireless operators and ISPs the most
 technologically advanced IM solutions, in turn enabling them to offer their
 subscribers the best communications services possible."
     Beyond giving users the ability to communicate with each other by desktop
 and wireless IM, TOM acts as a launch pad for the T-Online portal.  The
 branded desktop messenger gives users additional services -- such as news
 feeds, shopping promotions and direct access to T-Online eMail -- encouraging
 them to access the T-Online site and make use of other T-Online services more
 frequently.
     Europe has been less quick to embrace IM than the US.  As the largest
 Internet access provider in Europe the decision by T-Online to provide an IM
 service to its subscribers is extremely significant.  In an increasingly
 competitive marketplace, services such as IM enable Internet access providers,
 multi-access portals, carriers and telcos to differentiate themselves,
 increase customer loyalty and develop new revenue streams.
     TOM is now available for download at http://www.t-online.de/service/ and
 wireless TOM can be accessed at http://wap.tom.t-online.de.
 
     About T-Online
     T-Online International AG is Europe's leading online service provider.
 The group, active not only in Germany, but in France, Austria, Spain and
 Portugal, has 7.9 million customers (as per December 31st 2000).  The German
 portal http://www.t-online.de reaches more than half of all German Internet
 users, making it the unchallenged market leader by far (MMXI).  Page
 impressions on the German T-Online portal http://www.t-online.de have almost
 tripled from 139 million in January 2000 to 380 million in January 2001.  The
 T-Online group currently employs about 2700 people (as per December 31th
 2000).  Further information: http://www.t-online.de.
 
     About MessageVine
     MessageVine is the leading worldwide provider of private-label Instant
 Messaging server products, delivering completely branded and customized
 carrier-scale wireless and wireline IM solutions to wireless carriers, telcos
 and ISPs.  MessageVine's products, designed with open architecture that
 integrates with the full array of back-end systems, enable its customers to
 extend their brands and maintain constant communication with their
 subscribers.  Privately funded, MessageVine was founded in 1999 and has
 offices in New York, San Mateo and Tel Aviv.  For more information, please
 visit http://www.messagevine.com.
 
 SOURCE  MessageVine, Inc.