September 13, 2011 00:01 ET

Italian Startup Launches Service at DEMO That Grabs Digital Information by Phone Quickly and Easily

1Ring Solves Fundamental Issues Associated With QR Codes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Have you ever wanted to get more information about something, but you didn't have the chance to write it down and later couldn't for the life of you remember what it was? Startup 1Ring addresses this pain point with its launch today at DEMO.

Based out of the Italian Riviera, 1Ring is a new permission marketing-based phone service that is seed funded by venture incubator H-Farm. The 1Ring service can be used by anyone on any phone, unlike QR codes which require a camera phone. Just dial a number, let it ring once and you will receive the information you want regarding anything that utilizes a 1Ring number.

Say you are at a museum and see a work of art you want to know more about. Or maybe you are standing at the bus stop in a downpour wondering when your bus will show up. Perhaps you are driving down the road and see a billboard advertising a really cool product that you want to try out. Now imagine you can simply dial a number, let the phone ring once and the information you want on that work of art, details on when your bus will come, or a coupon for a discount on that cool product will be instantly available to you. Today, all of those things and many more are possible.

With one call to the toll-free 1Ring number, identified by the 1Ring logo, you can set up a 1Ring virtual account to collect and store everything you are interested in for immediate retrieval. If you have not set up a 1Ring account, the service will save the information for future registration. 1Ring abides by a strict anti-spam policy, so your information will never be referenced for marketing purposes.

"We are in the business of connecting people to the things they care about. With 1Ring, users collect and store everything they want to know about from any kind of mobile device," said Andrea Guglielmi, CEO of 1Ring. "1Ring is a free service with unlimited options for promoting a product, service or brand. It works anywhere in the world and provides wanted information to consumers in their native language."

Utilizing existing technology, 1Ring fills a void in the marketplace left by QR codes, as phone numbers can be placed almost anywhere, from a billboard to a TV or radio ad to the trunks of an MMA fighter.

"The 1Ring service provides a great deal of flexibility in how it can be used," continued Guglielmi. "For instance, a tourism bureau can provide travelers with information on places and events, or a company can set up a treasure hunt where users dial in numbers found in specific locations. Businesses can even do surveys to get insight from potential customers."

1Ring is available to the public today. Dial +1 (718) 682-2299 to try it out now.

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About 1Ring

1Ring is an Italian-based startup that was founded in 2009. The company is based upon the principle that it wants everyone in the world to be able to access and store information they want on any product, service or thing in the world that interests them, quickly, easily and most importantly at no cost -- anytime, anywhere, in any language. With just one ring on any mobile phone, users will receive all the information related to the content they are interested in on their ready-to-use, easy-to-manage account.

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