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More Than Five Million PowWow Users Can Now Receive Instant Notification When A Phone Call Comes In While They Are Online
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., August 3, 1999-
Recognizing that most online communicators are enjoying the Internet via their household's sole phone line, Tribal Voice
, a leading provider of instant messaging and online community software, has teamed with GTE Internetworking to offer the more than five million users of Tribal Voice's PowWow
software a quick and easy way to stay online for hours without missing a phone call. With GTE's Internet Call Manager (ICM), PowWow users can now receive instant, on-screen notification of any incoming phone calls while connected. PowWow users who subscribe to ICM can exercise their option to take the call, send a customized notification message to the caller or simply ignore the call.
"We know from surveys and direct feedback that PowWow users tend to stay online for hours at a time every day of the week," said Tribal Voice Vice President of Marketing Richard Dym. "ICM gives our users an easy way to stay online and take important calls without the expense of installing a second phone line."
The Internet call waiting market is expected to grow to 21.6 million households and generate $399 million in service revenue by 2003, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Over 44 percent of all single phone line, online households surveyed by IDC said they are interested in subscribing to an Internet call waiting service.
"Tribal Voice's comprehensive interactive communications suite represents just the kind of online offering that makes people want to stay connected for hours," said Paul O'Brien, vice president of GTE Internetworking and general manager of IP Telecom. "We are pleased to offer PowWow users ICM as another way to enrich their online experience by allowing them to remain online without missing an important phone call."
Pricing and Availability
For information on Internet Call Manager, visit www.telcoip.com/tribalvoice to download software for a free 30-day trial. The cost of Classic service is $4.95/month and Deluxe service is $6.96/month plus a one-time installation fee of $5.00.
GTE Internet Call Manager is free for one month, but the cost of a "call forward/busy option" with the end user's local telephone company is required for this service and is the responsibility of the end user.
PowWow is a fully integrated instant messaging, interactive communications and online community solution that features the only instant voice messaging and integrated voice chat capabilities available, as well as group chat, instant messaging, buddy lists, and real-time peer-to-peer communication. PowWow users can utilize a collaborative white board and bulletin board system, conduct Web tours, and share files, URLs and sounds. In addition, PowWow's highly scalable distributed community server (DCS) architecture enables users to quickly and easily create, host, and moderate their own private, personalized online communities.
About Tribal Voice
Tribal Voice is the leading provider of instant messaging, interactive communications and online community solutions based on its PowWow technology. Founded in December, 1994, by anti-virus software guru John McAfee, the company is headquartered in Scotts Valley, Calif. and maintains a development organization in Woodland Park, Colo. More than five million worldwide users participate in over 18,000 communities via the company's PowWow software. For more information on Tribal Voice and to download its PowWow client software, please visit http://www.tribal.com or call (831) 461-3100.
About GTE Internetworking
GTE Internetworking, a unit of GTE Corporation (NYSE: GTE), offers customers, from consumers to Fortune 500 companies, a full spectrum of integrated Internet services using IP networking technologies. GTE Internetworking delivers complete network solutions, including dial-up and dedicated Internet access, high-performance Web hosting, virtual private networks (VPNs), managed Internet security, network management, enhanced IP services, systems integration, and Web-based application development for integrating the Internet into business operations.
GTE Internetworking draws upon its expertise in funded research and development of advanced technologies, including satellite networks, packet radio networks, multi-gigabit routers, network and information security, and speech recognition, and GTE's strong existing telecommunications services, including local and long distance, wireless, paging, video, and Internet. GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated voice, video and data services. More information about GTE Internetworking and GTE Corp. can be found on the Internet at http://www.gte.com.
With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is a leading telecommunications provider with one of the industry's broadest arrays of products and services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states, as well as nationwide long-distance, directory, and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies. Outside the United States, the company serves customers on five continents.
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