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04 Feb 04 Bigfoot Unveils New and Improved Directory Service
04 Jan 29 Bigfoot Launches Call Manager
04 Jan 22 Bigfoot Brings Text Messaging to a Higher Level
03 Dec 16 Prepaid Text Cards From Bigfoot
03 Dec 03 Bigfoot Communications Fights Spam With An Enhanced Anti-Spam Solution
27 Nov 03 Bigfoot Messaging Introduces Incoming SMS
16 Oct 03 Bigfoot Communications Comes Up With Enhanced Email Forwarding
09 Oct 03 Bigfoot Introduces New Alternative Payment Option
03 Sep 03 Additional Language Features for Bigfoot SMS Manager
18 Aug 03 Bigfoot Messaging Website Re-invents Itself
08 Jul 03 Bigfoot Telephony Releases Global Prepaid Phone Card Service
28 Jun 03 Bigfoot Messaging Launches Invite-A-Friend Promo For Email Alerts
26 May 03 Bigfoot Communications Launches Chinese Language Sites
30 Apr 03 Bigfoot Conference Call Adds New Call Recording Feature For Dial-In Hosts
14 Apr 03 Service Upgrade for Bigfoot Anti-SPAM Solution
14 Apr 03 Bigfoot Email Alerts The Power of Two
19 Mar 03 Latest Network Upgrades for Bigfoot SMS
18 Mar 03 Bigfoot Conference Call Launches New Integrated Marketing Campaign
20 Feb 03 Tell-A-Friend is Back
30 Jan 03 Web Design Expertise from Bigfoot Global Solutions
17 Jan 03 Bigfoot SMS Manager Goes PRO
06 Jan 03 Bigfoot Launches Corporate Giving Program
09 Dec 02 Bigfoot SMS launches Tell-A-Friend Promo
02 Dec 02 Inspector Mails’ Anti-SPAM Update
15 Nov 02 Bigfoot Communications: Launches Conference Call API Gateway
15 Nov 02 Bigfoot Communications: Launches New Email Tools and Domain Websites
22 Oct 02 Bigfoot Communications: Aims to Stomp Out Email Spam
22 Oct 02 Bigfoot Communications: Taking Big Steps Towards the Future
 
 
 
 


Bigfoot Unveils New and Improved Directory Service
February 04, 2004


Hong Kong, February 04, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications today unveiled its Bigfoot Directories website. The new site enhances Bigfoot’s comprehensive email search capabilities by adding a detailed search history option, profile management and secure privacy options. Bigfoot Communications is a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications. For nearly a decade, Bigfoot has been a trusted email forwarding service and directory search company.

"Our directories are a main staple of daily online life for many Internet users," commented Joe Mercado, Bigfoot Communications Chief Executive Officer, in making the announcement. "We're thrilled we can continue to add to the Internet experience. Bigfoot pioneered email search services and will continue to lead this segment of the industry."

Bigfoot clients benefit from an extensive email database, editing capabilities, and management of their own privacy option. Bigfoot Directories’ “My Search History” enables users to view their most recent people search and save a list of important contacts. The profile management option allows users to update their personal or company information listing as often as they want. The privacy feature empowers users to protect their identity by hiding or limiting access to contact information.

The new site combines an email search engine with white pages and yellow pages, and web and travel search all in one. Bigfoot partnered with Verizon's SuperPages, W3Data, Intelius, Reunion, Find What? and a host of other e-directories to offer the new features. The new directories provide targeted searches and the most current databases for ease and convenience.

About Bigfoot
Bigfoot Communications is part of the Bigfoot Group, a privately owned group of companies providing IT services, internet-enabled communications and educational products to localized markets worldwide. Having started out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown to be a diverse communications powerhouse. Bigfoot's mission is to simplify and personalize the Web experience for customers. Bigfoot services include email tools, mobile messaging and telephony. For more information on Bigfoot, please visit www.bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Launches Call Manager
January 29, 2004


New York, January 29, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications announced today the release of Bigfoot Call Manager, a collaborative tool that provides PC dial-out conference calls through a single mouse click. Bigfoot's Call Manager technology enables users to initiate conference calls without the use of a web browser, as has traditionally been the case. Bigfoot Communications is a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications.

"Bigfoot Call Manager lets you collaborate and connect instantly through the convenience of your desktop," commented Joe Mercado, Bigfoot Communications Chief Executive Officer, in making the announcement. "By downloading this product, users obtain maximum advantage in online telecommunications."

The Call Manager was designed to provide a comprehensive, flexible and dynamic conferencing environment. Call Manager provides the same quality conference call dial-out service of Bigfoot’s Conference Call Dial Out product, but with the added convenience of having it reside on your PC's tray application. Through the windows based application, users click on a desktop icon that integrates with Microsoft Outlook. The application is free to download and users are charged competitive calling rates only when a call is initiated. Additional unique features include:

  • Online presentation with ViewMyScreen feature
  • Simultaneous dial out call with Quick Conference Call
  • Instant 2-way party calls with Quick Call feature

Bigfoot's Call Manager uses advanced fiber optic lines for crisp and clear voice quality connections. Downloading the new Call Manager is free and comes with the latest mobile messaging tool, SMS Manager 2.0. This mobile messenger has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive messages instantly from your PC to any mobile phone worldwide.

About Bigfoot
Bigfoot Communications is part of the Bigfoot Group, a privately owned group of companies providing IT services, internet-enabled communications and educational products to localized markets worldwide. Having started out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown to be a diverse communications powerhouse. Bigfoot's mission is to simplify and personalize the Web experience for customers. Bigfoot services include email tools, mobile messaging and telephony. For more information on Bigfoot, please visit
www.bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Brings Text Messaging to a Higher Level
January 22, 2004


Hong Kong -- Bigfoot Communications launched the new Bigfoot SMS Manager 2.0, a Windows-based text messaging (SMS) application that provides users with a faster and more enjoyable way to connect to people with mobile phones worldwide. This latest and enhanced SMS tool brings the power of two-way text messaging enabling users to send, receive and reply to SMS from their computer desktop.

Bigfoot SMS Manager 2.0 is definitely one easy way to connect with friends on the move. Additional features include:

  • 2-way SMS - send AND receive text messages without a web browser;
  • Unicode support - send messages in multilingual characters;
  • SMS template - use pre-typed templates for quick message sending;
  • Low credit balance warning - alerts you when you need to top up your account; and
  • Improved name search - find people in your Contact list easily

Existing Bigfoot SMS Manager subscribers can still enjoy its original features such as Speed Send, SMS Blast, Message history and multi-lingual language interface. It also supports 2,000 characters text message, manages contacts with group list, imports external list or Outlook contacts and lets recipients reply directly to mobile.

"The new SMS Manager gives you a whole new way of communicating," John Joseph, Product Manager for Bigfoot Messaging said. "Through its comprehensive features, you experience convenient, real-time communication using text messaging from your PC."

Downloading the new SMS Manager is free and comes along with Bigfoot Call Manager, which allows users to initiate dial-out conference calls from their PC to any mobile phone worldwide.

Email us at infosms@bigfoot.com for questions and more information on SMS Manager 2.0.

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Prepaid Text Cards From Bigfoot
December 16, 2003


Hong Kong -- Bigfoot Messaging introduces a new service that will let SMS users in Hong Kong take control of their SMS expenses and make text messaging much easier.

The new Prepaid Text Card from Bigfoot serves as an alternative to the present SMS on-line payment mechanism. Its usage will allow subscribers to send as much text messages as they want without being bothered by monthly bills, deposits and credit checks. Compared to other competitors, it has cheaper international text messaging rates, which definitely save users their hard-earned money.

The Prepaid Text Card is also very easy to use, with step-by-step instructions at the back of each card on how to start sending SMS. Convenient for people always on the go, they can be purchased in leading convenience stores and other retail outlets all over Hong Kong.

Bigfoot's prepaid text cards are initially available in HK$50 and HK$100 denominations. Get one now and start a hassle-free messaging experience.

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Bigfoot Communications Fights Spam With An Enhanced Anti-Spam Solution
December 3, 2003


Hong Kong - Dec. 3 , 2003 - Bigfoot Communications announced today the launch of its new and enhanced Bigfoot Anti-Spam, which will give email users a more manageable and convenient solution to everyday spam problem. Powered by SpamChaser, this new Anti-Spam solution aims to eliminate spam emails before they reach the user, making email management a more pleasant experience.

The continuous upsurge of spam emails received by every email user, has led to the development of a better and more efficient Bigfoot Anti-Spam solution. Recent studies show that spam has definitely become an unwelcome part of email life, with spam comprising about 50 to 60% of all emails received, making it cumbersome and more difficult for users to read legitimate email messages.

According to a study done by Network World Fusion, the average user receives about 59 email messages each business day and spends 77 minutes each week managing his or her mailbox. An Osterman Research survey revealed that users that do not employ any spam-blocking technology spend around 150% more time dealing with spam than users that are protected by such technology.

“We’re glad to be able to equip our subscribers with a more reliable and effective anti-spam technology to face the growing spam problem.” Nikolay Butvin, Bigfoot Communications’ Chief Operating Officer said. “With the new Bigfoot Anti-Spam solution, we’re confident that our users will have a virtually spam-free email experience.”

About Bigfoot Anti-Spam
The new Bigfoot Anti-Spam Solution takes on a multi-level approach to spam filtering as it employs leading-edge technology provided by SpamChaser. The three filtering levels are:

  • Identity Specification Metrics - which checks the origin of the email in our proprietary whitelists and blacklists
  • Content Characteristic Analysis - email is validated against a set of predetermined spam signatures
  • Statistical Inference Algorithm - email content is scanned for spam indicators using automated statistical techniques

The combination of these filtering techniques makes it harder for spammers to manipulate spam messages they send to get through the filters, assuring subscribers of more than 90% effectiveness rate. A low rate of false positives of less than one false positive in every 1 million messages tagged as spam, makes it a very accurate spam-blocking tool.

Bigfoot Anti-Spam is very adaptive as it quickly “learns” or detects spam patterns and adapts its filters simultaneously. It is very convenient, with no action required from the end-user, like installing software, or manually setting up filtering options.

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Bigfoot Messaging Introduces Incoming SMS
November 27, 2003


More good news for SMS users! Bigfoot Messaging announces today the launch of Incoming SMS service for its subscribers.

With Incoming SMS, users can now both send and receive text messages directly through their web browser. New messages or replies to sent SMS can be immediately read right from the convenience of their PC.

The new service also enables the subscriber to have total control over incoming SMS through its convenient features. Users can view the message history, which enumerates the sender's name or mobile number, the date and time it was received, and the actual message. Fellow Bigfoot SMS users, non-Bigfoot contacts, or even unknown users can also initiate SMS chat through their mobile phones or Web SMS, making 2-way messaging possible.

With this added improvement, subscribers can definitely experience a holistic approach to SMS communication.

Click here to learn more about Bigfoot's 2-way messaging service.

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Bigfoot Communications Comes Up With Enhanced Email Forwarding
October 16, 2003


Hong Kong - An overwhelming demand for a better e-mail management service has led Bigfoot Communications to come up with its own solution to answer this online opportunity. Bigfoot Email Tools introduces its beefed up Email Forwarding packages that let subscribers manage multiple e-mail accounts in just one convenient location with ease. The new and enhanced packages resulted from an integration of the Email Forwarding, WebMail, Advanced Anti-Spam and Email Alerts services. An Ultra subscription offers this complete Email Forwarding package:

  • Unlimited message forwarding and up to 10 MB file size attachment
  • Distribution to as many as 20 e-mail accounts
  • 50 filtering options
  • Consolidation of e-mails from 10 different POP3 accounts
  • Automatic Reminder to remember special occasions
  • Auto-Responder feature that sends a reply to received e-mails while you’re away
  • Permaweb that redirects netizens to your site
  • 100 MB Webmail
  • POP3/IMAP Access
  • Smart Delivery Agent that automatically forwards a copy of undelivered mail to the WebMail account
  • Advantage Email Alerts Plan, allows user to be notified of incoming mails through his mobile phone
  • Advanced Anti-Spam service that catches spam before it hits the account

“Compared to other e-mail management services, Bigfoot Email Tools offer a more comprehensive package to suit every personal or business need.” Ruby Castanos, Product Manager of Bigfoot Communications said. “Whether free or paid, each subscription package gives the user total e-mail management control by providing more quality-enriched features and convenient service that still remains unrivaled.”

Study says 5 billion e-mails are sent everyday
Recent studies indicate that Internet use has been rapidly increasing all over the world. According to Nielsen-Netratings, there are now about 580 million people worldwide who have Internet access, which is a 3 percent increase from 563 million in the third quarter of 2002. With the increase in Internet use also comes the increase in e-mail use, as almost everybody who has access to Internet has an e-mail account. IDC studies show that Internet users are sending 5 billion e-mails per day or 1.4 trillion e-mail messages per year.

E-mail is becoming quite an indispensable tool of communication that a recent Gallop poll revealed that nearly everyone at work are concerned about receiving e-mails that they are compelled to check their mailboxes everyday, 57 percent of which claimed that they check their inboxes every hour. The unprecedented growth in e-mail dependence is forcing people to look for services that maximize e-mail use and give greater e-mail accessibility.

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Bigfoot Introduces New Alternative Payment Option
October 9, 2003


Hong Kong - Bigfoot introduces new Alternative Payment Option

As the number of online shoppers increased significantly from 36% in 2000 to a whopping 62% in 2002, there is still that 59 percent of Internet users that opt to shop offline because of fear that their credit card information might be stolen online. More and more e-businesses are turning to alternative payment options in hopes of luring more potential customers. In fact, it is estimated that over 63 million US households will shop online by 2008. And that 63 million has got these same e-businesses scrambling to find alternatives.

Bigfoot, an Internet veteran since 1995, has grown from an email forwarding and directory search company into a web-based communications provider with a subscriber base of over 2 million. To keep up with its ever-growing subscriber base and in a move for localization, Bigfoot launched the new Alternative Payment Option early this month. The new Alternative Payment Option allows Bigfoot subscribers to pay for their purchases in three ways - check, wire transfer and fax; making it easier for subscribers to choose which payment scheme they feel is right for them. In addition, Bigfoot also provides 24x7x365 billing assistance for its subscribers. Even before the Alternative Payment Option was available, Bigfoot was already accepting payments through bankeinzug, a popular form of debit card in Germany.

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Additional Language Features for Bigfoot SMS Manager
September 3, 2003


Bigfoot Messaging announces another enhancement to its roster of services in order to broaden its reach and provide better services to its subscribers. Bigfoot SMS Manager now supports Unicode for additional language environments.

Bigfoot SMS Manager is a downloadable SMS (Short Message Service) tool that not only supports English and German characters but now also supports additional international languages. Users will now be able to send text messages using Japanese, Korean and Chinese characters, making SMS use easier and intuitive for non-English speakers.

Unlike the regular alphanumeric texting of 160 to 2000 characters, message typing with these international character sets is limited to only 70 UCS2 characters. This new feature is available with all mobile service carriers and hardware that support these characters.

With this new improvement, non-English speaking SMS users worldwide can now enjoy Bigfoot SMS Manager's service sans the language barrier.

For questions and other information, email us at infosms@bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Messaging Website Re-invents Itself
August 18, 2003


Bigfoot Messaging introduces a new site equipped with additional features and functionalities that will put a smile on a lot of SMS subscribers' faces. The new site also sports a new look and feel, having undergone cosmetic changes to please the esthetically inclined.

One of the more subtle but substantial changes is the migration from .php to .jsp technology. This may not have an immediate and noticeable impact on the web experience of Bigfoot Messaging subscribers, but the change in technology makes system maintenance and upgrades easier and more scalable.

The new Bigfoot Messaging site also highlights a completely improved navigation system, allowing site visitors to access the information they need quickly and efficiently. The site has been broken down into separate accessible areas, each dedicated to specific products - Web SMS, SMS Manager, SMS Gateway and Email Alerts.

Visit sms.bigfoot.com today and experience the difference.

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Bigfoot Telephony Releases Global Prepaid Phone Card Service
July 8, 2003


Hong Kong - In a move to provide consumers with voice communications options that don't require immediate Internet access, Bigfoot Communications released the Bigfoot Global Prepaid Phone Card, its virtual prepaid phone card service.

Bigfoot Global Prepaid Phone Card can be purchased and reloaded online. Subscribers to the prepaid phone card will have the option to use their account to make calls through any phone line to contact available international numbers, regardless of network or geographical location. Calls may be initiated using the prepaid phone card in any country with an access number listed. To view the complete listing of countries with access numbers and for full directions on how to make calls with Bigfoot Global Prepaid Phone Card, click here.

Bigfoot Global Prepaid Phone Card will be joining Bigfoot Conference Call, Bigfoot's first voice communications service, to round out the Bigfoot Telephony service lineup. With this new prepaid service, Bigfoot Communications hopes to provide more and better options for voice communications.

For comments, suggestions or inquiries, please email infocc@bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Messaging Launches Invite-A-Friend Promo For Email Alerts
June 28, 2003


Hong Kong - Bigfoot Messaging, a service under Bigfoot Communications, Ltd., announces today the launch of Invite-A-Friend, a new member-get-member promotion for its latest product offering, Bigfoot Email Alerts.

Invite-A-Friend is similar to the highly successful service of Tell-A-Friend, Bigfoot SMS' referral promotion.

Subscribers of Bigfoot Email Alerts earn 100 credits for every successful referral they make. Not only does the referral earn 100 credits, so does the referred subscriber. A successful sign up is when the referred "friend" registers for Bigfoot Email Alerts.

To invite a friend, Bigfoot Email Alerts subscribers simply send an invitation to their friends. Current subscribers may invite as many friends as they want. Individual messages can also be sent with each invitation. Click here to Invite-A-Friend.

Promotion lasts until July 31, 2003.

For more information on Invite-A-Friend and Bigfoot Email Alerts, please feel free to email us at: infoalerts@bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Communications Launches Chinese Language Sites
May 26, 2003


Hong Kong - Bigfoot Communications this month launched its Simplified Chinese websites for its Bigfoot Email Tools and Domain Registration services

The launch of the Simplified Chinese websites represents an important milestone for Bigfoot Communications' localization project in the Asian region. Other localization projects are already underway for major Asian and European languages.

The move to deploy multilingual sites is geared towards making the use of the Internet for email communications and domain registration easy and intuitive for non-English speakers. Bigfoot's step towards this direction is guided by its vision to expand the general use of the Internet among the billions of non-English speakers globally. With the launch of the Chinese websites for Bigfoot's Email Tools and Bigfoot Domain Registration, Chinese Internet users worldwide can now enjoy these services sans the language barrier.

Accessing the Simplified Chinese version of the Bigfoot Email Tools and Domain Registration sites is very easy. The user needs only to select "Chinese" from the language drop down menu on the upper right corner of the main page to go to the Simplified Chinese version. Users may toggle back and forth from Chinese to English and vice versa by choosing the appropriate language option from the same menu.

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Bigfoot Conference Call Adds New Call Recording Feature For Dial-In Hosts
April 30, 2003


Bigfoot Conference Call, Bigfoot Communications’ flagship telephony service, has added a new call recording feature for dial-in calls. The new feature, Record-A-Call, is available on a per passcode basis and must be activated by dial-in hosts prior to a conference call.

Dial-in hosts may activate Record-A-Call by logging on to the hosts account and going to the dial-in "About" screen which shows the hosts conference ID. The account holder may then activate/deactivate Record-A-Call and other account security options. Record-A-Call cannot be enabled or disabled in the middle of a call.

When call recording is activated, each party that enters the dial-in call will be informed that the call is being recorded. This is to comply with any legal regulations regarding call recordings.

Recordings for dial-in calls will be made available to account holders after a few days. Once the recording is available, the host will be sent an email prompting that the recording is available and a link to where the recording may be downloaded.

With this new feature, Bigfoot Conference Call hopes to better serve its clients conference call needs and provide better and more conference call options.

For questions and more information on Record-A-Call and other features, contact infocc@bigfoot.com.

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Service Upgrade for Bigfoot Anti-SPAM Solution
April 14, 2003


New York - Bigfoot Communications announces that its Anti-SPAM Solution has been upgraded and enhanced to be more effective in catching SPAM. With the new service upgrade, Anti-SPAM Solution subscribers should experience more discriminatory SPAM filtering and see less false positives. False positives occur when legitimate email is mistakenly tagged as SPAM.

The Anti-SPAM Solution can now adjust filtering to compensate for minute differences in known SPAM types and randomly generated characters in subject headers. This is in response to a typical SPAMmer tactic of using polymorphic SPAM methodology to defeat filtering programs. Polymorphic SPAM is a technique where random changes in SPAM content and subject headers are introduced to confuse SPAM filters.

The upgrade should make Anti-SPAM Solution more "intelligent" and reduce instances where SPAM slips through. The Anti-SPAM Solution is powered by Brightmail. Brightmail Inc. is a worldwide anti-SPAM industry leader specializing in providing network-level anti-SPAM solutions.

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Bigfoot Email Alerts The Power of Two
April 14, 2003


New York - Bigfoot Communications announces the launch of the Email Alerts service this month. Bigfoot Email Alerts is a joint project of Bigfoot Mobile Messaging and Bigfoot Email and Web Tools.

Bigfoot Email Alerts combines the communications potential of email and mobile text messaging in a maximum convenience alert tool. Whenever an Email Alerts subscriber receives an important email, a short text message (SMS) will be sent to the subscriber’s mobile phone informing him that an email has been received.

Users can specify alert criteria and will only be notified for important or appropriate emails.

Bigfoot Email Alerts works even when a subscriber’s PC is off. This ensures arrival of critical communications giving Email Alerts subscribers an impressive convenience advantage.

Subscription to Bigfoot Email Alerts requires only a Bigfoot account and a digital mobile phone. Click here to sign up for Bigfoot Email Alerts.

For more information, contact infoalerts@bigfoot.com.

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Latest Network Upgrades for Bigfoot SMS
March 19, 2003


New York – Bigfoot SMS has upgraded its system to provide better and wider services to its subscribers. Network coverage for Bigfoot SMS now reaches more US and international networks.

The additional coverage means that Bigfoot SMS subscribers can expect better and faster SMS service. Coverage for Numeric Originator has also been expanded so more recipients can reply to Bigfoot SMS users' mobiles.

Additionally, due to increased SMS delivery costs, Bigfoot SMS has adjusted SMS fees by at least 1 US cent per message. This is to offset increased SMS delivery rates by international carriers. The adjustment is effective March 15, 2003 New York time. Click here to view the adjusted rates.

For more information, contact infosms@bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Conference Call Launches New Integrated Marketing Campaign
March 18, 2003


New York – Bigfoot Communications will be launching its new integrated marketing campaign for Bigfoot Conference Call across the United States this March 2003. Traditional forms of marketing and advertising like print ads on posters, publications and promotional videos will be added to the roster of Bigfoot’s marketing materials.

Posters will be placed at prominent locations in major cities across the United States and the first print ad featuring Bigfoot Conference Call will be appearing in the Entrepreneur® magazine for March 2003. The promotional video is near completion and will be ready by the end of Q1 2003.

Through this integrated marketing campaign, Bigfoot Communications hopes to increase consumer awareness on its services specifically as a provider of quality conference call service at highly competitive prices.

"With the telecom and Internet industries in a slump, consumers don't have as many options for conference calling," says Ely Teovisio, Product Manager for Bigfoot Conference Call, "It's a tough market out there and we want to be able to give better value for business owners. Every cent our clients save is money in their bank accounts."

For information in Bigfoot Conference Call, contact infocc@bigfoot.com.

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Tell-A-Friend is Back
February 20, 2003


New York – Due to the success of the Tell-A-Friend promo last month, Bigfoot SMS re-launched the Tell-A-Friend promotion this February 15, 2003. The promo period will last until March 31, 2003 and is open to all Bigfoot SMS subscribers.

For those who missed the original program, Tell-A-Friend is a member-get-member program where Bigfoot SMS subscribers can earn 200 free credits for every successful referral of Bigfoot SMS. Start the referral process now!

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Web Design Expertise from Bigfoot Global Solutions
January 30, 2003


New York – Bigfoot Communications announces its partnership with Bigfoot Global Solutions, an outsourcing company specializing in providing superior web page design solutions. Bigfoot Global Solutions will be providing web-design services for Bigfoot.

Among the product offerings of Bigfoot Global Solutions are interactive web pages, animation, flash presentations and conventional static graphics. Other products and services include CD presentations, illustrations, e-cards and video production services.

Bigfoot Global Solutions offers design packages for personal pages, small business websites and corporate websites. Client packages are tailored according to stated preferences and are highly customizable. Bigfoot Global Solutions gives free consultations on client packages.

For more information on design packages, Contact bigfootglobalsolutions@bigfoot.com or visit www.bigfoot.ph.

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Bigfoot SMS Manager Goes PRO
January 17, 2003


New York – Bigfoot SMS starts the New Year with the release of the Bigfoot SMS Manager PRO. This is the latest and most powerful version of the Bigfoot SMS Manager to date.

The Bigfoot SMS Manager PRO boasts all the functionality of the basic version but has upgraded the SMS Blast feature to support message sending to up to 30,000 recipients with a click of a mouse. This is a significant boost from the basic versions capability of up to ten (10) recipients for one text message.

"We're identifying corporations, advertisers and SME's as the primary target market for the SMS Manager PRO," says Product Manager Paulette Villaflor, "This powerful SMS tool allows users to import external lists for increased convenience."

Users with high-volume SMS communications requirements will find the SMS Manager PRO to be invaluable. Companies with highly mobile field personnel can send information much more efficiently while advertisers and SME's can disseminate product information with minimal time or financial investment compared to conventional advertising.

The option to import external lists is another big plus as this eliminates the need to manually input phone numbers into the SMS Manager Phone Book.

The Bigfoot SMS Manager PRO comes with 100 free credits upon ordering. Those with Bigfoot SMS Manager Basic can opt to upgrade. If you still don’t have Bigfoot SMS Manager, click here to download.

Additional upgrades and new products and services for Bigfoot SMS are under development and should see release in the coming months for 2003.

For additional information on Bigfoot SMS, check the FAQ or you can e-mail your inquiries and comments to infosms@bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Launches Corporate Giving Program
January 6, 2003


Hong Kong – Bigfoot Communications is pleased to announce that its corporate giving program is up and running. With its primary focus on education, the company hopes to develop IT talent among disadvantaged children in Third World countries.

Its three-phase corporate giving program will first be implemented in the Philippines where 20 Bigfoot Learning Centers will be established. The company will provide facilities, software and books for each learning center.

Bigfoot will also be training local trainers for each learning center to provide support for the infrastructure and facilities the company will put up.

The other two phases will be focused on

  • providing scholarships for economically disadvantaged youth and
  • developing community leaders.
Bigfoot will be coordinating with religious missionaries and local private citizens respectively for the scholarship programs.

Also planned as an adjunct to the scholarship program is an internship program where Bigfoot scholars can work in the firm under the supervision of Bigfoot professionals.

Bigfoot believes that providing educational opportunities will one day benefit the entire Internet community, as more competent and qualified professionals will be on the field.

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Bigfoot SMS launches Tell-A-Friend Promo
December 9, 2002


New York City, NY – Bigfoot SMS announces the launch of the new Tell-A-Friend promo. This member-get-member promo allows Bigfoot SMS subscribers to earn FREE SMS credits whenever they ‘refer a friend.’

Bigfoot SMS subscribers can click on Tell-A-Friend banner to start the referral process. For every successful referral, Bigfoot SMS subscribers earn 200 FREE credits. Referred “friends” get 100 credits upon signing up. The Tell-A-Friend promo will run up to January 31st, 2003. Click here to Tell-A-Friend today.

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Inspector Mails’ Anti-SPAM Update
December 2, 2002


New York City, NY – With unwelcome SPAM becoming a widespread problem, Bigfoot Communications fights back with Inspector Mails, the Anti-SPAM Officer for Bigfoot.

Inspector Mails has caught a total of 27,628,367 SPAM mails within the period of October 21 to November 24, 2002. With over 25 million SPAM mails identified and caught, Bigfoot Communications re-affirms its commitment to control SPAM and serve its subscribers better.

Inspector Mails will be releasing regular updates on his continuing anti-SPAM investigations. Click here to Bigfoot Anti-SPAM now.

Bigfoot Anti-SPAM is powered by Brightmail.

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  Bigfoot Communications
Launches Conference Call API Gateway

November 15, 2002


New York City, NY – Bigfoot Communications is now offering a customizable API gateway for its Conference Call service. This is an advanced conference call interface and communications protocol for businesses and developers who require special options when making conference calls.

Conference Call API Gateway users can integrate Bigfoot conferencing technology directly into their systems for greater control and efficiency when making conference calls. Users may also customize Bigfoot Conference Call technology to suit their specific needs.

The Conference Call API Gateway is intended to provide better, faster call conferencing solutions for Bigfoot’s subscribers and expanded options for businesses and developers.

For more information, visit the Bigfoot Conference Call website or e-mail us.

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Bigfoot Communications launches new
Email Tools and Domain Websites
November 15, 2002

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- Bigfoot Communications announced today the launch of its two new services, Bigfoot Email Tools and Domain Registration websites. Its latest products were also launched with the new websites– Bigfoot Anti-SPAM Solution, WebMail and new added features for Domain Registration.

Bigfoot has adopted a revitalized and dynamic corporate image as reflected in the look and layout of the new website. The new look mirrors the rapid strategic changes taking place within the company, particularly its recent shift from a directory search and email forwarding services company to a comprehensive online communications solutions provider.

The new email tools website has been upgraded for better and easier navigability and offers users increased efficiency for email management with its new and expanded features. Complementing Bigfoot’s email forwarding service are two new email tools: Bigfoot Anti-Spam Solution, a Brightmail-powered Anti-SPAM solution that filters unwanted email, and Bigfoot WebMail, a comprehensive web-based email solution.

New functions and features have also been added to Bigfoot Domain Registration. The new Domain Registration website incorporates enhanced Domain Management tools for greater manageability and domain control.

Bigfoot Domains is now supported by a new registrar, Register.com, a leading domains solutions provider. The new site features enhanced capabilities, offering more Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) like .info, .biz, and .us, as well as extending the registration term for all gTLDs to 10 years. It will also be offering over 30 Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) such as .de for Germany, .co.uk for the United Kingdom, and .ca for Canada.

For more information on Bigfoot’s email forwarding service and Bigfoot Domains, visit us at www.bigfoot.com.

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Bigfoot Communications
Aims to Stomp Out Email Spam
October 22, 2002

NEW YORK CITY, New York, October 22, 2002-- Bigfoot Communications (http://www.bigfoot.com), a leading communication solutions provider today announced the use of Brightmail’s anti-spam suite of solutions to drastically reduce the amount of unwanted bulk email (“spam”) from bombarding their over 2.5 million users.

Now, Bigfoot users will have a powerful tool to block spam emails, ranging from bogus product offers to pornographic advertisements, from getting through to their Bigfoot addresses.

Bigfoot is also giving subscribers a chance to experience for themselves the effectiveness of the new anti-spam solution by offering them a 15-day free period that will begin immediately after the official launch of Bigfoot Anti-Spam later this month.

“Email spam is the one problem on the Internet today that people want to see tackled in a quick and comprehensive manner,” said Joe Mercado, CEO, Bigfoot Communications. “Offering Brightmail’s first-rate anti-spam solution to our subscribers is further proof that we have devoted our attention and resources to fighting this email nuisance.”

Bigfoot selected Brightmail solutions because of its 90% success rate in filtering spam. Brightmail utilizes a network comprised of millions of decoy e-mail addresses set up to collect spam information data which is then analyzed by Brightmail technicians to create spam-filtering rules. The new rules are immediately sent to the Bigfoot Anti-Spam components in Bigfoot’s email system, which uses them to filter out and store suspected spam.

Bigfoot officials are recommending that subscribers take advantage of this subscription service to reduce the amount of spam they receive every day.

This new service is the latest effort of Bigfoot Communications and complements with existing efforts against spam.

The company aims to eliminate spam by utilizing all available tools to fight spammers, which also includes pursuing legal action when necessary based on reports from its subscribers.

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Bigfoot Communications
Taking Big Steps Towards the Future
October 22, 2002

NEW YORK CITY, New York, October 22, 2002—Email forwarding and search directory pioneer Bigfoot Communications (http://www.bigfoot.com) announced a shift in company strategy and is now positioning itself to become a major player in the global communications business by further expanding its already impressive array of innovative communications products and services.

Aside from adding new features to their successful business of email forwarding and directory searching, Bigfoot Communications will now be providing comprehensive communications solutions for businesses. It has also expanded globally, opening offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and the Philippines.

During the first half of 2002, Bigfoot released Domain Registration and two new global communication tools that integrate Web-based and telephonic features: Short Message Service (SMS) and Conference Calling.

And later this month, Bigfoot will launch Bigfoot Anti-Spam, a Brightmail-powered anti-spam solution that filters unwanted email and Bigfoot WebMail, a comprehensive email solution. In addition, new features will also be added to SMS, Conference Call, and Bigfoot Domains - further enhancing these services’ capabilities and ease-of-use.

Bigfoot has already had a positive impact on its over 2.5 million subscriber base with the string of communication product launches this year, “and we have no plans of stopping there,” said Bigfoot Communications CEO Joe Mercado. “In fact, we’re going into web and exchange server hosting soon.”

“We aim to meet the whole gamut of communication service requirements of our customers and have everything under one roof for them,” he said.

Bigfoot Communications will soon unveil its new Email Forwarding and Domain Registration Web sites sporting a new corporate look this October.

For more information on the “new” Bigfoot, visit:http://www.bigfoot.com

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