OTC Bulletin Board : OWHC


November 01, 2006 08:00 ET

Jem Telecom and AskMeNow Align to Provide Intelligent Mobile Answers for BlackBerry Customers in the United Kingdom

Jem to Deliver AskMeNow Pre-Loaded on BlackBerrys Sold Through Orange, O2, T-Mobile & Vodafone

IRVINE, CA and LEICESTER, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - November 01, 2006) - AskMeNow (OTCBB: OWHC), the leader in intelligent mobile answers, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Jem Telecom, a leading BlackBerry Value Added Reseller (VAR) in the United Kingdom to distribute, support and bill for the AskMeNow service on BlackBerrys sold through Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone in the United Kingdom.

The agreement makes Jem Telecom, a Leicester-based BlackBerry VAR, the first UK company to deliver AskMeNow offering a 30-day free use trial on BlackBerry handsets.

"This partnership is of significant strategic importance for Jem as we look to strengthen our product portfolio and deliver best of breed solutions that provide return on investment. With AskMeNow, we can deliver a valuable and unique service to our customers in the UK," said Mark Cope, Director at Jem Telecom. "In a world where every second counts and people are increasingly time-pressured, information needs to be delivered on demand and the AskMeNow service does just that."

AskMeNow gives BlackBerry users the unique ability to ask any question through the service's proprietary AskMeAnything feature. Customers can search the entire Internet just as easily as sending an email to a colleague as well as have easy access to a wide variety of content such as directory assistance, flight times, headline news, hotels, directions, weather, stock quotes, sports scores and much more.

AskMeAnything allows customers to access specific content and information from the Internet by asking questions -- anywhere and any time -- through a natural-language text-input application directly on their BlackBerrys. AskMeNow's system sends the specific and relevant answer back to their phone in moments.

"For people on the go it is imperative to have easy access to information. AskMeNow allows customers to ask questions on any topic and receive real answers,"said Walter Kostiak, AskMeNow Vice President, Global Business Development.

Jem will begin offering BlackBerry users AskMeNow in December with 30-day free use trial. After the free 30-day trial Jem will bill 2.5 Pounds (approx US$5) per month for unlimited use thereafter.

About AskMeNow

AskMeNow, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean West Holding Corporation, is the easiest, most convenient way to access information on the Internet or from local content from your cell phone or mobile PDA device. The first mobile lifestyle network, AskMeNow utilizes its proprietary technology to offer a natural language-based interaction and dynamic content provision platform designed for simple and quick information retrieval. The Company generates revenues through per usage fees and one to one contextual mobile advertising sponsorships. AskMeNow launched officially in November 2005. The Company is based in Irvine, California. Please click on for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements which are not historical or current fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of such term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual financial or operating results of the Company or AskMeNow to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on our best estimates of future results, performance or achievements, based on current conditions and the most recent results of the Company and AskMeNow. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements labeled with the terms may, will, potential, opportunity, belies, belier, expects, intends, estimates, anticipates or plans to be uncertain and forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • AskMeNow Media Relations
    Curtis Hougland
    Attention PR
    (P): 212.204.9215
    AskMeNow Investor Relations
    Matt Bloom
    CJB Group Inc.
    (P): 561.544.4950