There are no hidden fees or surcharges and no long-term contracts. Pingo is really focused on delivering easy savings on international calling for personal and business customers. With this upgrade, we've even simplified the task of taking advantage of special promotions by automatically alerting Pingo users to those offers that are most relevant to them.
Burlington, Mass. (PRWEB) May 13, 2008
Pingo® (http://www.pingo.com), the online calling service from iBasis (NASDAQ: IBAS), today announced an upgrade that includes an easier to navigate website and features giving consumers and businesses the ability to save more than ever on international calling. Because Pingo is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony service operated by iBasis - one of the top three carriers of international calls in the world - it has significant economies of scale and can pass along dramatic savings on international calling to nearly every country. Mobile phone users in particular can save as much as 90 percent through Pingo, while users of traditional calling plans and prepaid calling cards can save money with Pingo's low international calling rates while benefiting from its many convenience features.
Pingo's upgrade includes an easier to navigate website, highlighted by a new RateWatcher feature. Customers view precise international calling rates from country-to-country, and a new "minutes tab" calculates the exact number of calling minutes available to a particular destination based on the Pingo user's account balance. And with Pingo, even a $5 account balance can translate into as much as 277 minutes of international calling time to London (1.8 cents per minute) and 227 minutes to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2.2 cents per minute)*.
Pingo overcomes many of the problems associated with traditional calling plans and prepaid calling cards. Customers can buy low-cost "calling minutes" online on an as-needed basis without worrying about hidden fees, surcharges or any contractual obligations. Customers can use their existing fixed-line or mobile phone; no additional equipment purchases or software downloads are necessary. Pingo does charge a low account maintenance fee of just 98 cents per month. Pingo offers easy online account management and minutes can be purchased with credit/debit cards and PayPal. Subscribers can also pay in four currencies, compare rates in more than 38 others, and interact with automated phone voice prompts in a variety of languages including Chinese, English, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
To help customers take advantage of breaking rate reductions on international calling - including Pingo Happy Hours and Happy Days offering additional savings of up to 50 percent - customers now receive automatic customized email alerts notifying them on special savings to the countries they call most. Also, when customers log into their Pingo accounts they are automatically alerted about rate reductions to their most popular international calling destinations.
Other features of Pingo service include:
- Automatic Account Recharge: Customer accounts can be set to automatically recharge when minutes are running low. An interactive voice response system also alerts customers of low balances, and by simply pushing the * key, funds can be replenished;
- Fast Speed Dialing/PIN-Less Dialing: For easy calling, Pingo customers can call local access numbers and use speed dial to quickly connect. Pingo's PINpass feature even eliminates the need to enter a PIN number;
- Easy Account Management: Starting a Pingo account takes seconds, and with features such as history reporting and online management, phone budgets are easy to control;
- Additional Savings: New subscribers to Pingo get an additional $5 credit. Customers also get free minutes for referring friends to the service.
"Pingo offers frequent international callers a simple and straightforward way to save money," said Jayesh Patel, vice president of business development and strategy for iBasis. "There are no hidden fees or surcharges and no long-term contracts. Pingo is really focused on delivering easy savings on international calling for personal and business customers. With this upgrade, we've even simplified the task of taking advantage of special promotions by automatically alerting Pingo users to those offers that are most relevant to them."
Pingo also provides small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) with reliable, low cost, easy-to-manage international calling for up to 999 employees on an as-needed basis. Called Pingo Business (http://www.pingobusiness.com), employees can use any fixed-line or mobile phone to achieve up to 90 percent savings on international calls. Administrators can set individual spending limits, easily monitor usage and manage balances through a single, centralized account.
Pingo and Pingo Business customers can access the service in 35 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, the U.K., France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia and Thailand.
Taking advantage of The iBasis Network, Pingo enables consumers to realize the cost-savings of VoIP or Internet telephony from regular fixed or mobile phones without any need for additional hardware or software. Pingo offers consumers high-quality long distance service on a prepaid basis, along with a host of convenient usability features. Pingo customers save on calls to both landline and mobile phones in almost every country. Mobile phone users in particular can save as much as 90 percent on international calls by using Pingo's toll-free access and lower rates. Pingo minutes can be purchased with credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal, at http://www.pingo.com. Customers can access Pingo from toll-free and local access numbers in 35 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, the U.K., France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, and Thailand. As a "white label" offering, Pingo's integrated campaign management, credit card processing, fraud filtering and low prices for international termination makes Pingo a compelling platform for companies with web presence that want to leverage their brand with telephony services without having to develop a proprietary solution.
Founded in 1996, iBasis (NASDAQ: IBAS) is a leading wholesale carrier of international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail prepaid calling services and enhanced services for mobile operators. iBasis customers include KPN, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, BASE, and many other large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, and Yahoo. In October 2007, iBasis acquired KPN Global Carrier Services to create one of the three largest carriers of international voice traffic in the world, and KPN became a majority stockholder of iBasis. On a pro forma basis, the combined company carried approximately 24 billion minutes of international voice traffic in 2007. The Company can be reached at its worldwide headquarters in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the Internet at http://www.ibasis.com.
- These rates are provided as examples only and are valid as of the time of May 7, 2008. Per-minute rates are subject to change without notice. Pingo charges a low account maintenance fee of just 98 cents per month.
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Except for historical information, all of the expectations, plans and assumptions contained in the foregoing press release constitute forward-looking statements under Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results to vary materially. For a description of certain of these risks and uncertainties please read the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic and current reports, all of which are available at http://www.sec.gov. Such forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made, and we have no current intention to update any forward-looking statements.