Just in time for the holidays and all the photo-friendly activities that come with the season, Sprint (NYSE: S) and VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media, a division of VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), announced today an enhancement to Sprint ® Picture Mail that allows Sprint customers to send digital photos and videos straight from their phones to popular social media sites, including MySpace, Photobucket and YouTube.
It’s as easy as snapping a picture of the family at Thanksgiving dinner, during the holiday pageant, enjoying the winter weather, or any other occasion using a Sprint phone. The photo can then be uploaded directly to the customer’s MySpace, Photobucket or YouTube account from just about anywhere so family and friends can view it online anytime.
“The holidays are one of the most popular times for taking pictures and sharing them with loved ones,” said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. “With the speed of the Now Network and this new enhancement to Picture Mail, Sprint customers can easily post their photos and video clips in an instant to some of their favorite sites like MySpace, Photobucket and YouTube so family and friends can share the moment, even if they can’t be home for the holidays.”
The Picture Mail enhancement uses the VeriSign ® Xoomerang platform to provide uploads from the user’s Sprint phone to a variety of social media sites. Designed to satisfy the fast-growing number of mobile consumers who use online social networking and social media destinations, Xoomerang is a mobile media enablement solution that allows users to view and publish videos and pictures onto various online destinations through easy-to-use interfaces. With Xoomerang, Sprint Picture Mail subscribers can easily capture and publish videos and pictures to some of their favorite destinations.
“Consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to stay connected with their friends while on the go, and we are excited to be working with Sprint to make mobile social networking as quick and easy as possible,” said Warren Faleiro, vice president, Multimedia Applications, VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media. “As Sprint continues to innovate and enhance its mobile offerings, Xoomerang will play a key part by enabling Sprint subscribers to publish to their favorite sites in a click of a button.”
In addition to MySpace, Photobucket and YouTube, Sprint and VeriSign also plan to add other destinations to the service in the coming months.
The Picture Mail feature for posting photos to MySpace, Photobucket, YouTube and other social media sites is available on more than 30 Sprint phones, including the popular Samsung Instinct™, Rumor™ by LG®, MOTORAZR2™ by Motorola, Katana® DLX by SANYO. Sprint Picture Mail subscribers with compatible phones will automatically receive the enhancement the next time they upload or share a photo or video on their phone. Unlimited use of the service is currently included at no additional cost for all Sprint Picture Mail subscribers, including customers on Sprint’s worry-free $99.99 Simply Everything SM plan.
Customers interested in learning how to use Sprint Picture Mail can take advantage of Sprint’s Ready Now program, which helps customers fully realize the benefits of everything the Now Network TM can do for them. With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work with new or existing customers to explain, set up and demonstrate the features and applications of their phones. Sprint customers can choose how much or how little they want to learn about any phone features and applications. For additional customer convenience, customers have the flexibility to schedule appointments either in the store or online via Sprint’s store locator tool. Customers can visit www.sprint.com/readynow to schedule an appointment and find the closest participating store.
Sprint wants to help families understand how to use social media sites and other Web sites in a safe manner. For that reason, Sprint is pleased to bring customers 4NetSafety, a program that opens the lines of communication about Internet Safety between parents and children. For more information, visit www.4NetSafety.com .
About Sprint Picture Mail
Sprint Picture Mail allows customers to take high-quality pictures using their wireless phones and do more with their pictures than ever before. As the first U.S. carrier to launch a mobile photo sharing service, Sprint has always given its customers more ways to use their digital photos – from sending to other phones and email addresses in one simple step, to organizing and editing their pictures in online albums, to sending directly from the phone to be printed at one of 9,000+ retail locations, including 5,300 Walgreens stores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/picturemail .
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 51 million customers at the end of the third quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com .
About VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media
VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media is a division of VeriSign, Inc., a trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Through this business unit, VeriSign provides global application services that reliably deliver short-messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and mobile content across wireless operators and mobile devices throughout the world. As a leader in mobile messaging, mobile banking and mobile content delivery, VeriSign offers a broad portfolio of mobile infrastructure and delivery services. Offering trusted delivery, a worldwide presence, and rapid and effective deployment, VeriSign has built a trusted and respected brand with global mobile operators, media content providers and enterprises. The reach, reliability and value-add of VeriSign services enable these companies to capitalize on the rapidly growing messaging and media content markets.