eBuddy Announces Global Launch of eBuddy XMS

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Global Messaging Leader Enters Fast Growing Text Messaging Sector

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We’re excited to announce the global launch of eBuddy XMS. We’ve created a secure, free SMS replacement for our users, and the text messaging category offers huge potential to scale our messaging services.

eBuddy, a global messaging leader, today announced the worldwide launch of eBuddy XMS, a free real-time messaging app that enables iPhone, iPod Touch and Android users to go beyond basic text messages. eBuddy brings a reliable, fast and scalable service and believes it can add value to the fast growing SMS and text-messaging sector by delivering a secure, high quality user experience developed with the excellence and know-how of a company that processes more than 17 billion messages per month.

eBuddy XMS is next-generation SMS that allows iPhone, iPod Touch and Android users to send free, unlimited text messages and photos in a real-time messaging stream via Internet data connections, and eliminates the charges incurred with sending individual SMS messages. Users can add friends on the spot by scanning both their phonebook and Facebook profiles, or simply invite them via SMS, email, Twitter or Facebook. eBuddy XMS also offers personalization options including picture sending and receiving along with over 100 different emoticons. Users can also see when their buddies were last seen online. Connecting and exchanging messages has never been easier!

The global launch of eBuddy XMS is also strategically aligned with the rapid worldwide smartphone adoption and the increased popularity of mobile messaging and international smartphone adoption forecast over the next few years by leading market analysts. According to a recent MobiLens report by comScore, smartphone penetration is projected to grow worldwide from 269M in 2010 to 800M by 2014.

“We’re excited to announce the global launch of eBuddy XMS,” said Jan-Joost “JJ” Rueb, CEO and co-founder of eBuddy. “We’ve created a secure, free SMS replacement for our users, and the text messaging category offers huge potential to scale our messaging services. eBuddy already has an enormous global user base, and offering the eBuddy XMS free and unlimited messaging service ensures our users will can stay in contact with friends, family or co-workers – no matter where in the world they might be at any given time of the day.”

The global launch of eBuddy XMS builds on the trusted position eBuddy already has as the messaging service of choice for over 31 million unique monthly users around the world who send and receive over 17 billion messages on a monthly basis.

Download eBuddy XMS from the App Store or Android Market or visit http://www.ebuddyxms.com/download

About eBuddy XMS
Go beyond words with eBuddy XMS, a secure, free, real-time messaging app that enables smartphone users to do more than SMS. eBuddy XMS allows for secure, unlimited messaging via Internet data connection. Users can add friends on the spot by scanning both their phonebook and Facebook profiles, or simply invite them via SMS, email, Twitter or Facebook. Message any way you want with text, photos, emoticons and more! eBuddy XMS is currently available for iOS and Android users; Blackberry coming soon.

About eBuddy
eBuddy is web and mobile messaging for everyone, everywhere! eBuddy processes over 17 billion messages per month and enables more than 31 million unique monthly visitors to chat in one interface across all major IM networks including AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Hyves, ICQ, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. eBuddy is one of the world’s fastest growing mobile IM applications, and offers four, free mobile IM versions: eBuddy for iPhone and iPod Touch, eBuddy for Android, eBuddy Mobile Messenger (J2ME) and eBuddy Lite Messenger (mobile Web). The premium native application, eBuddy Pro for iPhone and iPod Touch with additional exclusive features, is for sale via iTunes. The company recently launched eBuddy XMS, next generation, real-time messaging for smartphones.

Founded in 2003 and based in Amsterdam, London, Singapore and San Francisco, eBuddy is a privately held company backed by Prime Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners. Learn more: http://www.ebuddy.com.

Media Contacts:
Mindy M. Hull                            
Mercury Global Partners for eBuddy                 
Tel. +1 415 889 9977 (US)                     
Tel. +31 62 504 7680 (EU)                     
mindy(at)mercuryglobalpartners(dot)com

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