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04 Nov 02 Bigfoot Launches Anti-Spam Solution for POP3/IMAP Email Accounts
04 Oct 13 Bigfoot Announces the Launch of Call Manager 3.0; New Version Has a New Look and Improved User Interface
04 Oct 08 Bigfoot Announces New Business and Personal Text Messaging Sites
04 Oct 07 Bigfoot SMS Manager Gets a Facelift with a New Version; New Features Allow Easier Message Management
04 Sep 30 Bigfoot Announces New Email Forwarding Packages; Beefed-Up Plans Offer New Features & 2GB Storage
04 Aug 31 Bigfoot Announces New Advertising Website; Site Offers More Options to Online Advertisers
04 Jun 22 Bigfoot Launches New Website; New Homepage Carries Business and Personal Portals
04 Jun 01 Bigfoot Launches New and Enhanced WebMail
04 Apr 27 Bigfoot Announces Teleconferencing Solutions for Small and Medium Businesses
04 Apr 13 Bigfoot Communications Launches Auto Reloading Program
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-FriendPromo 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 OutEmail Spam
22 Oct 02 Bigfoot Communications: Taking Big Steps Towards the Future


Bigfoot Launches Anti-Spam Solution for POP3/IMAP Email Accounts
November 02, 2004


Hong Kong, November 2, 2004 -- Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, has launched its new anti-spam solution for non-Bigfoot clients who are using POP3/IMAP servers. Bigfoot Third-Party Anti-Spam Solution is powered by the continuously improving Inspector Mails Antispam Software, a front-end Bigfoot Antispam Proxy Server.

The server works by proxying a connection between the user and their main POP3/IMAP server thus filtering spam while they are in transit to the users' mailbox. Spam will then be configured to be deleted, or tagged, then filtered away into the users' bulk folder.

This software is slated to support standard Email Client Software such as Outlook Express, MS-Outlook, Eudora, etc.

The currently developed version would not require system administrators to install software locally, but would be provided with a control-panel to add and manage their users.

No monitoring or "training" is required for administrators to get it started. They just have to sign up, and then add users according to their subscription limits.

Subscription is on a per email account, at a price of $9.95 per year. Additional plans, especially for business or corporate use, will be available soon.

Here are the hallmarks of Bigfoot Anti-Spam Solution:

  • Accurate - Adjusts to spam patterns and fine-tunes its filters simultaneously.
  • Clear-cut Method - Low ratio on false positives.
  • Instantaneous Approach - Real-time spam detection, analysis and filtering.
  • Flexible System - Learns spam patterns and adapts its filters simultaneously.
  • Worry-free Solution - No software installation, manual set-up of filtering options or download updates required from the end-user.

Bigfoot Anti-Spam works effectively through these 3-step spam-filtering process:

1. Identity Specification Metrics - The origin of the email is checked in our propriety white list and blacklist.

2. Content Characteristic Analysis - Email is validated against a set of predetermined spam signatures.

3. Statistical Inference Algorithm - Email content is scanned for spam indicators using automated statistical techniques.

For more information on Bigfoot Anti-Spam Solution, visit http://antispam.bigfoot.com. To subscribe, go to https://join.bigfoot.net/joinantispam/en/step1.do.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Announces the Launch of Call Manager 3.0; New Version Has a New Look and Improved User Interface.
October 13, 2004


New York, October 11, 2004 -- Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, announced the public launch of the new version of the Bigfoot Call Manager. The new version sports a new look and an improved user interface for easy management and a more productive and effective conference calling experience.

Bigfoot Call Manager 3.0 is a desktop application that is readily available for users to initiate quick conference calls to any phone destinations worldwide without the need of a web browser. It is easy to set up and use and gives executives the extra mobility they need to conduct their business.

The new Bigfoot Call Manager comes with these powerful features:

  • ViewMyScreen to show desktop presentations to participants.
  • Quick Call buttons for speed dialing.
  • Quick Conference buttons to simultaneously dial-out to participants.
  • Two-way and multi-party calls anytime, anywhere.
  • Options such as Mute, Unmute, and Drop Lines to manage calls.

“Bigfoot Call Manager answers your need for a more efficient conferencing service,” says Mr. Joe Mercado, Bigfoot Communications Chief Executive Officer. “With this downloadable product, you are able to set up conference calls instantly. Its key features enable you to collaborate effectively with partners and customers and enable you to make immediate decisions on time-critical matters.”

To know more about Bigfoot Call Manager, go to http://conferencing.bigfoot.com/callmanager.jsp.

For inquiries about Bigfoot Conference Call and Bigfoot Call Manager, interested parties may contact Yuen Chau, Bigfoot Communications Head of Sales, at +1 917 216 9829; or call toll-free 1-866-300-7155 to talk to an account representative.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Announces New Business and Personal Text Messaging Sites
October 08, 2004


Hong Kong October 8, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, announced that its Bigfoot Messaging Team has unveiled its spanking-new websites for its messaging services. The new Bigfoot Messaging websites sport a sleek and professional design with better and user-friendly navigation facilities.

The Business SMS - http://sms.bigfoot.com/business/business_home.jsp - site carries a suite of services designed primarily for corporate users or businesses. Business SMS meets the communication needs of companies for their marketing, advertising and other business functions.

The Personal SMS - http://sms.bigfoot.com/index.jsp - site hosts personal messaging services and products targeted at individual consumers.

According to Daisy Vargas, Bigfoot Messaging Marketing Officer, the new websites are created not exactly to separate business from personal, but to make things easier for clients to find the right services and products that suit their needs.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot SMS Manager Gets a Facelift with a New Version; New Features Allow Easier Message Management
October 07, 2004


Hong Kong October 7, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, announced the public launch of the new version of the Bigfoot SMS Manager.

Bigfoot SMS Manager is a downloadable Windows tray application installed on the PC. This allows sending of SMS or text messages from the PC to any mobile phone worldwide using a Bigfoot SMS account, and without having to open a web browser.

“Bigfoot is ushering in a new experience in SMS (short messaging service) or text messaging with the launch of its Bigfoot SMS Manager Version 3,” says Daisy Vargas, Bigfoot Messaging Marketing Officer. “This is part of our program of enhancing our services to our clients by introducing new features and highly improved user interface.”

Along with a new look, the new SMS Manager now comes with smarter and updated features that will surely meet all of its users’ business and personal communications requirements.

Message management becomes easier and more efficient with these new power-packed features:

  • Auto Reload/Recharge - This is a new service feature that automatically charges succeeding SMS Subscription Plan to a user’s credit card account to avoid usage interruption.
  • Flash and Private Message Types - This enables user to send a message that will appear on the recipient's mobile screen. A private message is an encrypted message whose text is hidden from view, giving you an option not to store the message.
  • Phonebook Synchronization - This allows users to copy the contacts from their web phonebook to the SMS Manager, and vice versa.
  • Message Scheduler - This allows users to set the time on when the text messages should be delivered to intended recipients.
  • Delivery Receipt - This enables the delivery receipt to keep track of sent messages.

SMS Manager users will still continue to enjoy these existing features:

  • 2-Way SMS - to send and receive messages to and from any phone around the world
  • Speed Send - to send SMS or text message in a fraction of a second.
  • SMS Blast - to send a single message to up to 30,000 recipients in just one click.
  • Message Log - to view all the text messages sent.
  • Import External Contact List - to create and import contact list from external files.

To learn more about Bigfoot SMS Manager, please go to http://sms.bigfoot.com.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Announces New Email Forwarding Packages; Beefed-Up Plans Offer New Features & 2GB Storage
September 30, 2004


Hong Kong, September 30, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, has announced the launch of its new and enhanced Email Forwarding subscription plans. Email Forwarding is a fast and inexpensive way of keeping in touch with business contacts and friends whether one changed schools, jobs or ISP. It is particularly useful in forwarding and distributing emails to several email accounts.

Apart from the Basic Plan, which is available for free, the enhanced subscription plans are the Premium Plus and Ultra Plus, available for only $9.95 per quarter and $19.95 per quarter respectively. These two new subscription plans, which replace the old Premium and Ultra plans, will come with unlimited number of email messages that can be forwarded per day, including these power forwarding features:

  • Distribution - to distribute emails to as many as 20 different accounts.
  • Filtering - to reject unwanted emails, acting as another layer of protection against spam.
  • Consolidation - to collect emails from 10 different POP3 accounts.
  • Automatic Reminder - to let you receive emails to remind you of important occasions and appointments.
  • Auto-Responder - to let you send automatic reply to received emails while you're away.
  • Permaweb - to redirect netizens to your site.

Under the new plans, a subscriber will also get a free Bigfoot WebMail account with 2 GB storage space, a vast improvement from the 50 MB and 100 MB storage space under the old Premium and Ultra plans, respectively.

The newest feature introduced is the SMTP Access, which is, however, available only to Ultra Plus subscribers.

Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, SMTP is a standard protocol for sending email messages between servers. Most email systems use SMTP to send messages from one server to another over the Internet. The messages can then be retrieved with an email client (such as Outlook Express, Eudora, Netscape Communicator, etc.) using either POP or IMAP. In addition, SMTP is generally used to send messages from a mail client to a mail server. That is why you need to specify both the POP or IMAP server and the SMTP server in configuring your email application.

To learn more about Bigfoot's email forwarding services, please visit http://ef.bigfoot.net/ef/en/index.jsp

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Announces New Advertising Website; Site Offers More Options to Online Advertisers
August 31, 2004


Hong Kong, August 31, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications Ltd., a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, announced today the launch of its new website -- http://advertising.bigfoot.net -- for all of its online advertising services.

In its aim to provide advertisers with different avenues and channels to meet their online advertising needs, Bigfoot has expanded its advertising services. Apart from banner ads and email list rentals, Bigfoot Advertising is now offering newsletter insertions (advertorials) and text message-broadcasting service using SMS Blast.

“Bigfoot has created a separate site for its online advertising services to give advertisers a clear and bigger picture of what Bigfoot has to offer,” says Inaki Martinez, Bigfoot Advertising Product Manager. “By providing them with the information they need and the means to contact us, advertisers will find it easier to work with Bigfoot in terms of making their campaigns reach their target audiences.”

Bigfoot provides the following online advertising services:

Banner Ads - With Bigfoot’s millions of users across the world, clients get the right exposure they need for online visibility.

List Rental - Bigfoot maintains a subscriber base of over 3 million spread across several continents. This makes its opt-in email lists helpful in making the most of advertisers’ marketing efforts and demographic targeting.

Newsletter Insertions -- In-Step, the official Bigfoot newsletter, is a bi-monthly publication that supplies its growing readership base with a stream of information about Bigfoot products and the latest news on information technology and telecommunications. Because of its wide reach, Bigfoot is giving advertisers the opportunity for their company to create a good impression on Bigfoot readers through an advertorial feature in the newsletter.

SMS Blast -- Bigfoot offers advertisers the opportunity to send their marketing campaigns directly to Bigfoot’s growing mobile base through one-click SMS or text messaging using Bigfoot’s very own SMS Blast technology. To learn more about Bigfoot’s SMS Blast service, go to http://sms.bigfoot.com/business/business_download.jsp.

To learn more about Bigfoot Advertising, go to http://advertising.bigfoot.net.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Launches New Website; New Homepage Carries Business and Personal Portals
June 22, 2004


Hong Kong, June 22, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications, a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, has launched its new Bigfoot Homepage, Business and Personal portals. The new site www.bigfoot.net sports a new look and is equipped with better navigation facilities.

In addition, the site divides into two portals - Business Solutions and Personal Solutions - that separate different suites of products geared towards Bigfoot’s different target markets.

Under Business Solutions, Bigfoot offers small and medium businesses its conference call and text messaging services and anti-spam solution for corporate POP/IMAP accounts. Its email tools - email forwarding, anti-spam solution, and WebMail - are categorized under Personal Solutions along with text messaging and voice services designed for the consumers market.

“We want our clients to view us as proactively fulfilling their needs through superior products and services,” says Joe Mercado, Bigfoot Communications’ Chief Executive Officer.“Whether for personal or business use, we will continue to create solutions for them.”

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Launches New and Enhanced WebMail
June 1, 2004


Hong Kong, June 1, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications, a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, has launched its new and enhanced Bigfoot WebMail. Pushing the boundaries of email technology, the Bigfoot WebMail offers a completely new package that will make email management easier, simpler and a more exciting experience for all of its new and loyal users.

“Everything you’ll ever need in email management and service now comes in a single package. This development is a step forward and in line with our thrust of simplifying our clients’ total web experience, at a cost so affordable and accessible,” says Mr. Joe Mercado, Bigfoot’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Mercado continues, “The new Bigfoot WebMail is not just about the look. The enhanced Bigfoot WebMail is blazing trails with its added features and functionalities that match all of our clients’ needs. All these are conceived and designed to ensure their optimum satisfaction.”

Here are some highlights of the new Bigfoot WebMail features:

Read Receipt. This feature notifies you when the email you sent has been received.

Blacklist. Never be bothered with unwanted email. This feature allows you to set the addresses that you do not want to receive mail from.

White List. This feature gives you the option to set the addresses that you want to receive mail from.

External Mail. Otherwise known as the Mail Collector. This feature extracts mail from your other email addresses and sorts it out for easy, one-time access.

Search Mail. This feature allows you to search received mails hassle-free.

Mail Storage Period. This allows you to set the duration of received emails in any of your folders.

Friends Box. Once you receive mail and replies to it, the mail automatically goes to your friends box for easy reference.

Signature. Add a touch of personality to every message you send.

To sign up for a WebMail account, go to http://webmail.bigfoot.com/

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Announces Teleconferencing Solutions for Small and Medium Businesses
April 27, 2004


Hong Kong, April 27, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications, a leading provider of IT services and internet-enabled communications, announced that Bigfoot Conference Call will be made available to the small-and-medium-business (SMB) market in the U.S. Bigfoot provides the cutting-edge combination of the latest in teleconferencing technology with the voice quality of a conventional phone network.

Bigfoot Conference Call’s technology affords its users the flexibility and ease of phone conferencing without the hassles - there are no reservations required and users don’t have to go through an operator. Using crystal clear, fiber-optic international lines, it provides reliable high quality phone connections at 57% lower cost than the major competitors.

In addition, Bigfoot’s pay-as-you-call plan does away with pre-payments, and while there’s no special equipment needed, it brings down start-up costs to virtually nil. Mr. Mercado adds, “With Bigfoot, you get two powerful ways to manage conference calls to fit your business requirements.” These are:

- Dial-Out Teleconferencing, a simple yet powerful way to make a conference call. Bigfoot’s system automatically calls participants and invites them to join the conference. The host can add, drop, or mute participants at any time. The host has two options for initiating the call. They can either log on to the Bigfoot website, enter the phone numbers of participants, and press start and Bigfoot will do the rest. Alternatively, they can use Bigfoot’s Call Manager, a downloadable Windows tray application installed in the PC. Call Manager allows two-way or multi party calls from the PC to any phone worldwide.

- Dial-In Teleconferencing is used when Internet access is unavailable. The host will distribute an individual toll-free number and pass code ahead of time and ask the participants to call at a pre-arranged time to start the conference.

For inquiries, you may contact Yuen Chau, Bigfoot Head of Sales, at +1 917 216 9829, or call the toll-free number: 1-866-300-7155.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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Bigfoot Communications Launches Auto Reloading Program;
Makes Subscription Renewal Hassle-Free

April 13, 2004


Hong Kong, April 13, 2004 - Bigfoot Communications launched its Auto Reload program for Bigfoot Messaging. This new messaging feature will enable paid subscription members to keep their accounts continuously active by maintaining a credit balance on an ongoing basis. Subscribers will thus avoid service interruption and eliminate the hassles of manually renewing subscriptions. Bigfoot Communications is a leading provider of communications solutions for small and medium businesses and individual consumers.

The program, automatically activated upon a subscriber's initial purchase of a Plan, will avoid SMS usage interruption. Upon reaching 50 SMS credits or below, a subscriber's account will automatically be charged the entire Plan amount and a new balance of SMS credits will become available. The new program stems from Bigfoot's mission of simplifying and personalizing the Web experience for customers.

Utilizing the latest mobile messaging technology and a wide mobile network coverage, Bigfoot's Messaging Services has been serving a diverse clientele from companies to individuals worldwide. Its fast and cost-efficient message-sending applications allow person-to-person or bulk messaging straight from the desktop. Its bulk of daily SMS traffic comes from countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and United Kingdom.

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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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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. Starting out as an email forwarding service in 1995, Bigfoot has since grown into 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.net.

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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 infocc@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.net.

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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.net), 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.net) 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.net

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