|By Business Wire||
|January 15, 2014 09:03 AM EST||
NetZero Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTD), announced today that NetZero Mobile Broadband has launched across Sprint’s 3G wireless network and is now available to customers nationwide. In July of 2013, the company signed a five-year agreement with Sprint to offer the NetZero Mobile Broadband service via Sprint’s nationwide 3G network, and ultimately via Sprint’s 4G LTE network. The company plans to expand across Sprint’s 4G LTE network sometime in the third quarter of this year.
The new NetZero Hotspot (Photo: Business Wire)
“Expanding the availability of our mobile broadband service over the Sprint network gives us a much more robust presence nationally, allowing us to offer coverage to millions of additional customers,” said Rusty Taragan, President of NetZero Wireless. “There have always been a lot of great reasons to use NetZero Mobile Broadband and this expanded coverage adds another to the list. We launched our NetZero Mobile Broadband service in 2012 with a variety of value-priced monthly plans that did not require contracts or commitments and gave our customers the ability to change their plan at any time. And now, along with all those great features, we are able to serve customers in additional areas of the country that are covered by Sprint’s 3G network. This new coverage expands our NetZero Mobile Broadband coverage to more than 276 million people.”
“Being able to offer NetZero Mobile Broadband to customers nationwide is the next step in the ongoing evolution of the NetZero brand,” added Francis Lobo, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Online. “NetZero has been a leader in value-priced Internet access for over 13 years, and we take pride in offering our customers a quality service at a great price.”
NetZero Mobile Broadband is a secure, mobile Internet service for laptops, iPad® and other tablets, and netbooks. Unlike public WiFi, where personal information may be exposed to hackers and data thieves, NetZero Mobile Broadband delivers a private, protected Internet connection. NetZero Mobile Broadband subscribers are not required to sign a contract, can join on a month-to-month basis, can cancel at any time, and never have to pay overage charges.
There are four value-priced NetZero Mobile Broadband plans through Sprint’s 3G network to choose from, each of which works with the NetZero Hotspot™ device. New customers can even try the service free for up to one year with the purchase of a NetZero Hotspot.
For more information on NetZero 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 Mobile Broadband Press Center at http://www.unitedonline.net/netzero/.
About NetZero Wireless
NetZero Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of United Online, Inc., is a provider of value-priced wireless broadband products and services. NetZero Mobile Broadband offers high-speed, affordable Internet access to consumers using a PC, Mac® computer, iPad® mobile digital device or other tablet, or netbook. For more information on NetZero wireless products and services or to sign up, please visit www.netzero.com.
About United Online®
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD), through its operating subsidiaries, provides consumer products and services over the Internet, where their respective brands have attracted a large online audience that includes more than 100 million registered accounts worldwide. United Online’s Content & Media segment provides online nostalgia products and services (Classmates and StayFriends) and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints). Its primary Communications segment service is Internet access (NetZero and Juno), including NetZero Mobile Broadband (NetZero Wireless).
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, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the launch of the new NetZero 4G LTE and 3G services 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 NetZero Mobile Broadband suppliers 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 providers of similar 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”.
United Online, NetZero, Juno Classmates, StayFriends 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.