For the First Time, Hi5 on Vodafone Live!

For the First Time, Hi5 on Vodafone Live!

The popular international social networking site is partnering with Vodafone España to offer its services on mobile devices through Vodafone live!


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SAN FRANCISCO and MADRID, Spain, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vodafone Spain recently announced that all users of hi5, one of the largest and fastest-growing networks in the world, will be able to access the site from their mobile phones through Vodafone live!

The well-known international networking site is now available for cell phones in 33 different languages. hi5 Mobile is thus setting a new precedent for the internationalization of the Internet via cell phones, and is allowing the millions of users who mainly use mobile devices, instead of a PC, to stay connected with their friends, family and colleagues. Available languages include not just Spanish, but Catalan as well. In addition, thanks to the new translations tool available to hi5 users, the translation into Galician is being completed and more languages will be added before year’s end.

Thanks to hi5 Mobile, Vodafone live! users in Spain can send and receive messages with great ease, report on what they are doing minute by minute, browse their friends’ profiles, share photos, see who’s online and add new friends. Vodafone users will be able to access hi5 in the Vodafone live! community section that is dedicated to the individual user, where he/she can chat, make new friends, find a mate, create and update blogs free of charge, etc. hi5 mobile service is free for all Vodafone live! customers(1).

“Cell phone use represents a fantastic opportunity to establish social relationships, especially through specialized partners such as Vodafone live!,” states Ramu Yalamanchi, CEO of hi5. “We are providing users with tools to get connected and share information with their entire hi5 network from almost anywhere around the world. In addition, as the number of users who access hi5 via a cell phone increases, so will the opportunity to carry out localization-based advertising campaigns.”

“The cell phone has become the main means of communication for the great majority of our users, especially in countries such as Spain, and as such, it is a fundamental component in the company’s strategy,” adds Noelia Amoedo, Vice President of hi5 Mobile.

“With this partnering agreement, we continue to be leaders in terms of mobile Internet integration, giving our customers the possibility of staying in contact with their friends just as they do on a computer,” says Javier Gascón, in charge of Mobile Internet of Vodafone España. “By launching hi5, we’re offering the market the advantage of mobility and we are certain that this new service will be met with great acceptance.”

Thanks to its leadership in 3G, Vodafone España was a pioneer in launching mobile Internet service and, since Spring 2007, its customers can enjoy the best web services on their cell phones. Now, hi5 is partnering with a lead mobile Internet carrier and is focusing on providing service to many users in Spain who prefer to use their cell phones instead of a computer to communicate. This service now enables users to access hi5 in Spanish, with the immediate access and convenience they were waiting for.

About hi5

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, hi5 is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing social networks. Our objective is to allow our users to build and maintain culturally relevant connections online among friends and family. With more than 56 million unique visitors per month, hi5 is one of the world’s 20 most important websites and the No. 1 social network in 26 countries of Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Service is available in 33 languages and offers localized content and applications to users worldwide.

Vodafone

Vodafone España is part of the Vodafone Group, the world’s leading mobile company with a presence in 27 countries, and partner agreements with another 40 across five continents. Vodafone provides a complete range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications, for access by the 269 million proportionate customers as of June 30, 2008. Vodafone España’s more than 16,210,000 customers benefit from the experience and capacity of this global leader company, which helps its customers –individuals, businesses and communities — be better connected in the mobile world.

The company is a pioneer both in the adoption of 3G technology in Spain as well as in its evolution to offer customers the market’s best services and content. Thus, Vodafone is leading mobile Internet integration, aimed at offering users access to their preferred services anytime, anywhere, through Vodafone live!

(1) browsing fee not included.

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For the First Time, Hi5 on Vodafone Live!