PhoneFree.com, Sina.com Team on IP Telephony

LONDON (04/07/2000) - PhoneFree.com Inc. has signed a one-year agreement to provide IP (Internet protocol) telephony services to the customers of Chinese-language Web portal Sina.com, PhoneFree said yesterday in a statement.

Under the terms of the agreement, PhoneFree's PC-to-PC calling will be accessible through the Sina.com telecommunications center on its site. A Chinese-language registration form will also be made available at PhoneFree.com, as well as a co-branded version of the service and the PhoneFree client software, called Personal Communication Center.

PhoneFree.com will also sponsor newsletters distributed to Sina.com customers in the U.S. under the agreement, the statement said.

Sina.com, which operates four localized Web sites, aimed at audiences in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and North America, currently has 3.1 million registered users, according to the statement.

PhoneFree.com, in New York, can be reached at +1-212-571-9944, or on the Web at http://www.phonefree.com/. Sina.com, in Sunnyvale, California, is at +1-408-548-0000, or at http://www.sina.com/.

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