United Online Launches NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband Service
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NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband Offers Disruptive Pricing, Fast 4G
Speeds, No Contract-No Commitment Data Plans, and Secure Internet Access
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 19, 2012--
NetZero Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ:
UNTD), today announced the launch of NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, a
fast, affordable and protected Internet service for laptops, iPads®
and other tablets, and netbooks.
The NetZero 4G HotSpot(TM), left, and the NetZero 4G Stick(TM) (Photo: Business Wire)
This new service, which launches today in over 80 cities nationwide,
including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San
Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Miami, lets consumers create their own
personal Internet connections without being tied to unsecure public
hotspots at places like coffee shops, airports and hotels. And unlike
public Wi-Fi networks, where credit card numbers and other personal
information may be exposed to hackers and data thieves, the NetZero 4G
Mobile Broadband service delivers a protected, private Internet
connection anytime, anywhere within its coverage area.
NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband data plans start at just $9.95 per month.
Customers are not required to sign a contract, and can upgrade their
data plan at any time. Each plan delivers 4G service with download
speeds of up to 10Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.5Mbps.
“NetZero is bridging the digital divide by letting consumers purchase a
secure, quality, mobile broadband service at very affordable prices with
plans designed to meet the consumers’ data needs,” said Mark R.
Goldston, chairman, president and CEO of United Online. “Our service
gives customers the freedom to take the Internet anywhere in our
coverage area, without being tied to public Wi-Fi service or having to
purchase higher-cost, sometimes multi-year plans offered by other mobile
broadband providers. With NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, there are no
contracts or commitments, and our customers can even try our service for
up to one year for free.”
All data plans, including the free plan, require the purchase of one of
two affordable access devices: the NetZero 4G HotSpot™ and the NetZero
4G Stick™. The NetZero 4G HotSpot simultaneously supports up to eight
Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including iPads® and other tablets,
within a 150-foot range. The NetZero 4G Stick supports a single laptop
or netbook via a USB port. The NetZero 4G HotSpot costs $99.95 and the
NetZero 4G Stick costs $49.95, much less than the cost of most
comparable contract-free devices available today.
NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband includes an innovative feature that lets
customers switch the speed of their service to meet their data needs.
NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband subscribers can set their service at either
LightSpeed, which delivers download speeds of up to 1Mbps, or WarpSpeed,
which provides download speeds of up to 10Mbps. Customers in any of the
service plans can toggle their speed setting to LightSpeed (to conserve
data) or WarpSpeed (to maximize speed) at any time, allowing them to
match the speed of their service to their current activity and maximize
their data consumption.
With NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, there are no overage charges.
Customers cannot accidently exceed monthly data allotments. An alert
lets customers know when they reach their monthly data limit, at which
point, they have three options. Option One: If customers are on a pay
plan, they can buy extra data “Top Ups” that they can use through the
end of their current billing cycle. Option Two: Customers can upgrade to
a higher capacity data plan. Option Three: Customers can wait until the
next month to utilize the service with a fresh allotment of data
according to their existing plan.
For more information on NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband or to purchase the
service, consumers can go to www.NetZero.com
or call 1-800-NETZERO.
Members of the press can access the NetZero Media Room at http://www.untd.com/netzero.
NetZero Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of United Online, Inc., is a
provider of 4G mobile broadband Internet access with service coverage in
over 80 cities in the U.S. NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband offers
high-speed, affordable Internet access to consumers using a PC, Mac®
computer, iPad® mobile digital device or other tablet, or
netbook. Consumers can purchase a NetZero 4G Stick™ to connect a single
modem-enabled device such as a PC or a Mac® computer, or
a NetZero 4G HotSpot™ to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
simultaneously. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.NetZero.com/new.
About United Online
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD),
through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of consumer
products and services over the Internet, where their respective brands
have attracted a large online audience that includes more than 60
million registered accounts. The company's FTD segment provides
floral-related products and services (FTD
for consumers and retail florists, as well as other retail locations
offering floral and related products and services. The company's Content
& Media segment provides online nostalgia products and services (Memory
Lane and Classmates)
and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints).
Its primary Communications segment service is Internet access (NetZero
United Online, NetZero, Juno, FTD, Interflora, Memory Lane, Classmates
and MyPoints are trademarks or registered trademarks of United Online,
Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other company or product names are
trademarks of their respective owners.
Cautionary Information Regarding
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but
are not limited to, statements about the launch of the new NetZero 4G
mobile broadband service, including, without limitation, management’s
expectations regarding planned products and services offerings, pricing,
marketing strategies and additional revenue streams. Such
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events,
performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that may
cause actual events, performance and results to differ materially from
those described in this release. Potential factors that could adversely
affect NetZero Wireless, Inc.’s ability to perform as anticipated and,
consequently, adversely affect the business, financial condition and
results of operations of United Online, Inc. and its Communications
segment include, without limitation, the compliance by NetZero Wireless,
Inc. and its 4G mobile broadband network supplier with, or the operation
of, contractual provisions; that the expected or planned implementation
of the marketing initiatives, products and services may be delayed or
limited, or might not ultimately be implemented, or if implemented, may
not be accepted or commercially successful; changes in consumer demand,
tastes and preferences, or that consumers might not utilize the products
and services as expected; that the offered products and services may not
successfully compete with other mobile broadband service providers as
well as other providers of broadband services; failures, interruptions,
delays, technological issues, expenses or other problems associated with
the systems, products or services of NetZero Wireless, Inc. or its
affiliates or its third-party suppliers or their systems, products or
services; changes to pricing, marketing strategies or the business
model; that the anticipated benefits to the Communications segment and
United Online, Inc. might not be realized; unanticipated events and
circumstances occurring after the date hereof; and other factors that
may cause actual events, performance and results to differ materially
from those predicted as described in United Online, Inc.’s annual and
quarterly reports filed 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”.
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Source: United Online, Inc.
Scott Matulis, 818-287-3388 (o)
Partners for NetZero
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