IDT and Mail Call Sign Agreement; Nationwide ISP Offers E-Mail by Telephone.
IDT subscribers can sign up for the IDT Mail Call service on the World Wide Web, by visiting www.mailcall.idt.net. The sign-up process takes about one minute, and affords the user immediate access. The cost of the service is $9.95 per month, which includes 30 minutes of usage. Heavy users who exceed the 30 minutes pay .19 per minute. IDT Mail Call subscribers get the first 30 minutes of the first month free.
IDT Mail Call users are prompted with the headers for each of their E-Mail messages, after which they have several options for managing their E-Mail. Subscribers can choose to listen to the text of the message (in English or Spanish), have a hard copy of the message sent to any fax machine in North America, or reply to the message using one of several state-of-the-art features.
IDT Mail Call also offers several preference options, which can be set by the user on the web and take effect immediately on the next phone call: Six different voices with three pitches each, a default fax phone number, a customized response, and several pattern matching strings which can be used to filter and prioritize E-Mail.
"The preferred and excluded strings are useful for users who receive a lot of E-Mail, and want vital mail from their boss or an important client read first, or junk mail excluded," says Ron Schnell, President of Mail Call. "For example, the subscriber could put their boss's last name as a preferred string, and 'get rich' as an excluded string. The message from their boss would be read before other messages, and the 'Get Rich Quick' message would not be read at all."
"IDT is constantly working to improve services on every level, and offering call-in e-mail is a tremendous value-added service that we are proud to be offering to our Internet customers," said IDT's President Jim Courter. "This service will be great for people on the go who do not have immediate access to computers."
Additionally, users have the ability to reply with one of Mail Call's "canned" responses, a customized pre-set response of up to 512 characters set by the user, or a callback phone number which the user touch-tones in and is then sent as part of the reply. Users can also respond to message via voice, which is sent to recipients as an audio file attachment.
IDT is a leading emerging multinational carrier that combines its position as an international telecommunications operator, its experience as an Internet service provider and its leading position in Internet telephony to provide a broad range of telecommunications services to its wholesale and retail customers worldwide. The company provides its customers with integrated and competitively priced international and domestic long distance, Internet access and, through its Net2Phone product offerings, Internet telephony services including Net2Phone Direct and Net2Fax.
Except for historical information, all of the expectations and assumptions contained in the foregoing are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the competitive environment for Internet telephony, changes of rates of all related telco rates and services, legislation that may affect the Internet Telephony industry, IDT's ability to operate the services described on a large scale commercial level. For additional information regarding these and other risks associated with the Company's business refer to the Company's reports filed with the SEC.
CONTACT: Sarah Hofstetter, IDT Public Relations 201/928-2882 or Ilan Slasky, IDT Investor Relations 201/928-4316 or Sandy Sloane, Mail Call Public Relations 954/437-4199
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