WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 12, 2007 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Online®, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD), a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services, today announced that it has expanded its NetZero® Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband Internet service into major metropolitan areas serviced by Covad Communications Group, Inc. (AMEX:DVW). Through its NetZero and Juno brands, United Online provides Internet access and email services to millions of members nationwide.
NetZero DSL broadband service launched in November 2006. With the addition of Covad's broadband network, NetZero DSL is now available to customers in 49 major metropolitan areas.
"This expansion of NetZero DSL demonstrates our commitment to giving our customers who want a broadband experience the ability to easily upgrade from dial-up while retaining their NetZero email address and the peace of mind they get from being a NetZero customer," said Mark R. Goldston, chairman and chief executive officer of United Online. "We launched the service regionally in the fourth quarter last year and now, with the addition of Covad's network, NetZero customers in major markets like Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami, who we did not reach before, can get a broadband service that allows them to download photos, video, music and large files at speeds up to 100 times faster than dial-up."
NetZero DSL broadband provides several levels of service from select partners. Download speeds range from 768 kbps up to 3.0 Mbps. Special introductory pricing starts at $17.95 per month for the first three months. Prices range from $19.95 to $34.95 per month thereafter depending on area of service. All plans require a 12-month commitment from customers and are backed by NetZero's 30-day money back guarantee.
NetZero DSL features easy do-it-yourself installation, award-winning virus protection from Norton AntiVirus™, a pop-up blocker, email with spam protection and up to 5GB of email storage, a DSL modem with firewall, a free backup NetZero dial-up access account and free technical support.
About United Online®
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD) is a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services. The company's Content & Media services include social networking (Classmates) and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints). Its Communications services include Internet access (NetZero, Juno) and email. United Online is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, with offices in New York, NY; Fort Lee, NJ; Renton, WA; San Francisco, CA; Schaumburg, IL; Orem, UT; Erlangen, Germany; and Hyderabad, India. For more information about United Online, please visit www.unitedonline.com.
Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the performance of NetZero DSL, scope of the territory in which the services will be offered, the percentage of United Online's current ISP customers who will be offered broadband services and the success of the offering. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance. These statements are based on the current expectations or beliefs of the applicable company, as well as on assumptions concerning future events made by management, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the impact of increasing competition, industry consolidation, pricing pressures, delays, inaccurate assumptions, access to technology, and technological, performance and other risks associated with introducing and commercializing a new service in new areas. More information about potential factors that could affect the business and financial results of United Online are included in the Forms 10-K and 10-Q and other filings made by each of the companies with the Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov/) including (without limitation) information under the captions "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors." United Online disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Note to Editors: United Online, NetZero and Juno are registered trademarks of United Online, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Norton AntiVirus is a registered trademark of Symantec Corp. The names of other companies, products and services used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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