Jangl's Latest Free Upgrade Features Safe, Private and Free SMS

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Jangl's SMS Lets Customers Send and Receive Text Messages from Any

PC or Mobile Handset; Route Messages, Eliminate Texting Fees and Add Online Friends with

a ClickPLEASANTON, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Jangl, Inc., the company connecting millions of online profilesand mobile phones, safely and privately, today debuted a major upgradeto its free service, enabling a text messaging capability thatcleverly connects mobile handsets and personal computers for free SMS.Additionally, Jangl is adding options that let consumers of all agesstay safe, save money, and easily connect their online networks totheir phones. Together with its current service, today's launch means that Janglcustomers can now:

-- Be private: By talking, exchanging voicemails, and now -- Be private: By talking, exchanging voicemails, and now

swapping text messages -- on any phone or personal computer --

without ever sharing their private phone number;

-- Save money: By eliminating some text messaging fees and -- Save money: By eliminating some text messaging fees and

drastically reducing most long distance calling charges, and;

-- Stay connected: With anyone, anywhere, with or without your -- Stay connected: With anyone, anywhere, with or without your

phone, easily adding friends to your Jangl network and

choosing when and how they can connect with you. In offering its new text message-enabled service, Jangl taps ahuge market. According to leading technology analyst firm Gartner,about 936 billion SMS messages were sent worldwide in 2005, and thatnumber will approach 2.3 trillion in 2010.(1) Nearly all new mobilephones available today are SMS-enabled, according to CTIA.(2) The addition of SMS capability reaffirms Jangl as the leader inbridging the web and the phone by broadening the company's offeringbeyond voice and voicemail, and -- when combined with other featuresrecently released -- strengthens Jangl's value proposition for mobileconsumers with active lifestyles on the social web. Jangl's technologyalready connects 40+ million online profiles with mobile devices dueto its customized, in-context service integrations with some of theweb's top social networking and online personals sites. "Jangl's contextual utility in social networks has been enhancedsignificantly in this latest service release," said Michael Cerda, CEOand co-founder of Jangl, Inc. "For several months, our loyal customershave been asking us to develop a text solution that would enable themto stop toggling keyboards and text quickly and efficiently with allof their online friends, while, at the same time, continuing todeliver on the most popular customer benefits of Jangl services - costsavings, privacy and safety. With today's debut, we connect a morediverse group of people and, in turn, dramatically expand our partnerofferings and our revenue potential. In the near-future, we'll detailhow Jangl will work with brand marketers to let millions enjoy all ofthese features and functionality at little or no cost to theend-user." SMS and Jangl Jangl already uses local phone numbers to route calls andvoicemails to customers' mobile phones. For its fast-growingpopulation of customers using Jangl in social networks, Jangl alsodelivers MP3 voicemail messages to personal email accounts andmessaging centers within the world's largest and most popular socialnetworks, like facebook. With Jangl's new SMS capability, consumers can use those samephone numbers to exchange text messages with their contacts. Jangl'snew features address key customer use cases described by Jangl'ers,including: singles seeking mates in privacy; teenagers staying safelyconnected and conserving their texting plan minutes, and mobile socialnetworkers who want to talk or text with online friends.

-- Jangl phone numbers can be used for direct, phone-to-phone SMS -- Jangl phone numbers can be used for direct, phone-to-phone SMS

messaging, keeping both parties' real phone numbers completely

private;

-- Text messaging can be initiated from either a PC or a phone, -- Text messaging can be initiated from either a PC or a phone,

and can be delivered to either;

-- Sending and receiving text messages via the web interface is -- Sending and receiving text messages via the web interface is

100% free(3);

-- Text messages are also delivered to a customer's Jangl inbox -- Text messages are also delivered to a customer's Jangl inbox

and email address;

-- Jangl's U.S. customers have the option of having text messages -- Jangl's U.S. customers have the option of having text messages

sent directly to their mobile phones;

-- Jangl customers can control, at an individual-contact level, -- Jangl customers can control, at an individual-contact level,

whose text messages are delivered where, directly to the

phone, to the inbox, or both;

-- Customers outside of the U.S. can send and receive text -- Customers outside of the U.S. can send and receive text

messages over the web using the web interface on the Inbox and

Contacts pages. Jangl will extend additional features to other

regions over coming months. More about Jangl and SMS can be found athttp://corp.jangl.us/faq.aspx. Jangl's Contact Importer Jangl today also debuts a way to instantly get Jangl phone numbersfor your email contacts, including those from Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, andHotmail. With Jangl's new Contact Importer, Jangl customers can simply:

-- Enter their email address and password for a specific webmail -- Enter their email address and password for a specific webmail

account;

-- See a list of all of their existing contacts; -- See a list of all of their existing contacts;

-- Click to select which contacts they'd like Jangl numbers for; -- Click to select which contacts they'd like Jangl numbers for;

-- Instantly get locals numbers on which to call or text, -- Instantly get locals numbers on which to call or text,

regardless of their location. More about Jangl's Contact Importer can be found athttp://corp.jangl.us/faq.aspx. Editorial Note: More Jangl News Coming Soon Since 2006, Jangl has connected mobile phones and online profilesfor several leading social networks and social media networks. Forinhabitants of social networks, Jangl provides a new, compelling,feature-rich and safe way to talk on the phone. For online communitiesof all kinds, a partnership with Jangl creates a differentiatingservice that increases usage, engagement and revenues by extendingcommunities to the mobile phone. In coming weeks, Jangl will announce major new partnerships,technologies, and business expansions. We are currently briefingselect press, bloggers and analysts on this news. For a privatebriefing or to be added to our news distribution list, please contactus here (tim@jangl.com). About Jangl Jangl(TM) is the social communications leader connecting phonesand online identities for millions who socialize, share and createonline. Through direct and partnered distribution, Jangl isprovisioned and marketed to over 40 million people with onlineprofiles. Some of the Jangl service brands include MatchTalk forMatch, Phonebook for Facebook, Call Anyone for Tagged, TrueTalk forTrue, PrivateTalk for FriendFinder, and Jangl CallMe for Fubar. In2007, Jangl and telephony platform leader JAJAH entered into astrategic partnership to collaborate on new services and businessprojects in the future. Jangl's investors include Cardinal VentureCapital, Labrador Ventures and Storm Ventures, which together haveinvested $9 million. Jangl is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., andis available on the web at http://www.jangl.com and via telephone at1.925.271.5050. Jangl is a trademark of Jangl, Inc. All other trademarks areproperty of their respective owners.

(1) http://www.gartner.com

(2) http://www.ctia.org/content/index.cfm/AID/10342

(3) If you send or receive text messages via your phone, yournormal flat-rate or per-message fee to your provider still applies.Messages sent from the Jangl.com web interface are free.JanglTimothy Johnson, 1-925-271-5042tim (at) jangl.comhttp://callme.jangl.com/tim@jangl.comCopyright Business Wire 2007