June 06, 2006 08:00 ET

AirG Brings Social Networking to Optus Customers in Australia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) -

Six Million Australians Can Now Join the Fastest Growing Social Network on Mobile Phones

AirG, the global leader in powering mobile communities and wireless social networking, announced today the release of a comprehensive mobile community offering available to more than 6 million Australians on the Optus network. Optus customers can now join the fastest growing social network on mobile phones in a series of interest-based micro-communities, which include Sports Chat, Games Room, Rainbow Room, AirDate and Hookt.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with Optus in allowing Australians to connect with new friends from around the world on their mobile phones," said Frederick Ghahramani, Director, AirG. "Optus has shown its commitment to being the market leader in delivering innovative value added services through the Optus Zoo portal, and AirG is pleased to be an integral part of this by powering Optus' mobile community solution."

With five distinct mobile communities available, Optus customers can easily meet like-minded people from around the world, and will be interconnected to more than 7.5 million community members through AirG's community deployments on more than 85 mobile operators and media companies globally. Be it dating, friends, sports or games, each community incorporates multiple unique features such as picture profiles, public and private messaging, presence, instant messaging, blogging and powerful search tools.

Added Ghahramani: "With their wide appeal to the entire mobile customer base, interest-based mobile communities have proven highly effective for reducing churn and generating steady revenues for our carrier partners, which are key successes we look forward to delivering on the Optus network."

Optus' mobile communities incorporate elements from AirG's comprehensive suite of mobile community software, which includes the Community Storefront, Community Marketing Engine, and the ACMA compliant Community Patrol monitoring solution. Optus customers can access all five mobile communities and community content by surfing to the Optus Zoo portal ( and selecting 'HOT Chat' under the 'Communicate' channel.

About AirG

AirG powers mobile communities and wireless social networking. The company's products and services have a proven track record of increasing customer affinity for leading mobile operators and media companies globally including Sprint Nextel, Cingular, Virgin Mobile, Orange and MTV Asia. AirG's mobile community has more than seven million registered users worldwide and is available on more than 85 mobile operators. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the company also has offices in the UK and Australia.

About Optus

Optus is an Australian leader in integrated communications - serving more than six million customers each day. The company provides a broad range of communications services including mobile, national and long distance services, local telephony, international telephony, business network services, internet and satellite services and subscription television. For more information please visit

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    Allison Webb
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