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Enpocket, a global mobile media company, has announced the launch of Match.com's mobile Internet offering on Sprint PCS VisionSM Phones. The launch of Match.com Mobile, which is delivered and hosted by Enpocket's Dating Engine (Eden), is being kicked off with the offer of a free one-month trial to the service and a Valentine's Day sweepstakes promotion.
Match.com Mobile allows user to create profiles, upload photos, search profiles using multiple search parameters including geography, and ultimately chat with like-minded individuals.
The new service is currently being promoted via an integrated mobile marketing campaign that will be run by Enpocket throughout February. Sprint customers can enter a sweepstakes through text messaging for the chance to win a cruise holiday. Exclusive runner-up prizes include a crystal covered Sprint PCS Vision Picture Phone PM-A740 by Samsung. More details on how to enter the sweepstakes and official rules can be found at www.sprintpcs.com/valentines.
"Sprint is pleased to offer Match.com Mobile as an innovative extension of our messaging services," said John Styers, Director - Data Services, Sprint. "Match.com Mobile is a fun, easy-to-use application that will drive data usage and more importantly, help customers meet and chat with new friends."
"Consumer usage of the Match.com Mobile application is continuing to rise dramatically. Sprint is leading the way by introducing this service to subscribers," said Mike Baker, COO and president, Enpocket. "We believe the mobile phone is a powerful tool for finding and communicating with people sharing similar interests. Combining our industry-leading dating engine product, Eden with Match.com's heritage in online dating has created one of the most compelling applications available on the mobile Internet today."
Enpocket also provides Match.com Mobile to Cingular and Nextel. Customers can sign up for the service through their handsets or on www.matchmobile.com.
"For ten years, Match.com has worked to harness the power of technology to help connect people. The growth of our wireless presence offers our members the ability to connect with each other - anytime, anywhere," said Jim Safka, CEO, Match.com. "It is incredibly simple for our members to sign up, and they have the ability to transfer their existing Match.com profile to the mobile service."
Enpocket's Eden has been licensed by numerous carriers and brands across North America, Europe and Asia and has established a proven track record for generating higher average revenue per user (ARPU). It can be delivered with numerous user interfaces such as SMS, MMS, WAP J2ME, Symbian, BREW and i-Mode that can all link into a shared and secure database.
Enpocket provides its customers with other brandable affinity applications for building mobile communities such as mBlog and Total Football. Enpocket's integrated mobile marketing services, for driving customer acquisition and retention, are delivered through the Enpocket Engine - the world's most widely used mobile marketing software.
Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the United States. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/mr.
For nearly a decade, Match.com has redefined the way people meet and fall in love and is credited with more marriages than any other site. Today, more than 15 million people around the world participate in the Match.com community, providing a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose.
Match.com is the world's biggest online dating and personals property, according to the December 2004 global ranking of the Personals category by industry-leading independent measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. Match.com operates leading subscription-based online dating sites in 32 countries, in 18 languages and spanning six continents. Match.com powers online dating on MSN across Europe, Asia, the United States, Australia (NineMSN) and Latin America and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL. Match.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI).
Enpocket is a global mobile media company that provides integrated entertainment and marketing services to build and retain mobile audiences. Enpocket's mobile community and content applications empower leading operators, handset makers and media companies to achieve deeper consumer relationships and generate new revenues. Enpocket's mobile marketing technology and campaign solutions enable clients to target brand messages and content, improving the effectiveness of marketing spend through the mobile medium.
Enpocket prides itself on optimizing end-user experience via an unparalleled understanding of mobile phone owners' behavior. Enpocket provides compelling entertainment and marketing services to more than 50 operators and 400 brands across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Enpocket clients include: Vodafone, Cingular, TIM, Sprint, Verizon, Orange, Telefonica, Singtel, Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Sony, BBC, Fox, Time Warner, Universal Pictures, Time Out, Match.com, Snapple, Levi's, Hallmark, and Nike. Enpocket is headquartered in New York and has offices in Boston, London, Helsinki, Reykjavik and Singapore. To learn more see www.enpocket.com
Published on: 12:00AM on 9th February 2005