April 30, 2007 10:15 ET

UPartners® Delivers Free Campus-Wide Text Messaging Service to Universities

SAN FRANCISCO--(Collegiate Presswire - April 30, 2007) - UPartners, a provider of communication tools and services to universities, today announced its mass text messaging service, tXt_beacon, with a three-month free trial for educational institutions across the country. The service enables university administrators to instantly, securely and simultaneously communicate with large groups of students.

tXt_beacon is easy to implement, easy to use and works on all wireless carrier networks. With tXt_beacon, university administrators can contact all participating students in seconds through a private and secure web interface. Students opt in via the web or by sending a pre-determined keyword (e.g., UCLA) to tXt_beacon's five-digit short code directly from their mobile phone. tXt_beacon also provides a two-way emergency alert feature that allows students to send pictures and videos directly to the campus police department from their mobile phones.

With today's sprawling college campuses, increased security concerns and evolving student communication preferences, administrators need new methods that enable rapid and effective mass communication.

tXt_beacon is the only mass texting service that delivers advertising-free messages and ensures that student will only receive messages from university approved administrators. Because each student opts in to receive alerts from the proprietary tXt_beacon service, the critical piece of information - the student's cell phone number - is automatically, securely, and accurately stored.

"Connecting with the entire student population is a colossal undertaking and, until now, doing so instantaneously was essentially impossible. With nearly 98 percent of students carrying text-enabled cell phones, tXt_beacon allows university officials to immediately contact the vast majority of their students," said Tom Unger, CEO, University Pipeline Inc. "For the past eight years we have worked with college and university administrators. During that time they have regularly expressed a need for a secure, reliable and instantaneous way to contact students and we are very excited that with tXt_beacon they now have that capability."

tXt_beacon is available immediately. With the free trial offer, universities and colleges can evaluate the service at no charge for three months. UPartners has a strict privacy policy and never transfers or resells student information. Interested administrators are encouraged to sign up at www.txtbeacon.com/signup.

About UPartners

UPartners, a division of University Pipeline Inc., is a provider of communication tools and services. UPartners has worked with more than 1,200 universities and colleges nationwide for the past eight years. The company has brought hundreds of novel and customized programs to its partner schools and is dedicated to evolving its product line based off university needs. For more information, please visit www.txtbeacon.com and www.UPartners.com.

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