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textPlus Brings Free Phone Numbers to Canada

Users Get a Dedicated Phone Number for Free, Unlimited Texting Within Canada and the US

August 10, 2011
Press Release

GOGII, makers of textPlus, today announced users in Canada can have their very own free phone number to support fast, free and unlimited texting with anyone—whether they are using textPlus or not. textPlus is the worldwide leader in mobile social messaging, available on Android and iOS devices and reaching over 50 million users in 193 countries/territories. To date, there have been 60 million messages sent per day and over 14 billion overall messages sent in the textPlus network.

Now, textPlus users with an iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch device can text their friends within Canada and over the border in the US at no cost. iPhone users can use their textPlus phone number as a free, dedicated texting line. Users on iPod touch and iPad connected devices just need a WiFi connection to use textPlus to reach any other SMS-enabled phone.

In addition to free texting, users can also participate in textPlus communities—public and private chatrooms where users can talk about anything from Justin Bieber to the local sports team. textPlus users can search within the app to find these communities and discover new people, places and things. Millions of messages have been exchanged every day in textPlus communities.

“Our friends in Canada - where we have a large, active user base - are very important to us. So when they say ‘our #1 request is to have a free phone number’ we definitely listened,” said Scott Lahman, CEO of GOGII. “With a dedicated phone number, Canadians are now able to text anyone for free in both Canada and the US. And the best part is that friends not using the app can text back at standard message rates, even if they’re across the border in the US.”

textPlus has partnered with Iristel, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operator licensed by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), to acquire the real phone numbers that will be provided to Canadian textPlus users. Iristel’s coverage areas in Canada include cities in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

“Iristel is committed to bring the most advanced and affordable communications solutions to Canadians across the country, so we are thrilled to partner with textPlus and help them deliver on the needs of their Canadian customers,” said Samer Bishay, Iristel CEO and founder. “Iristel’s expansive Canadian local coverage makes our partnership a natural, organic fit since our ultimate goal is to reach out to as many Canadians as possible with the most versatile technologies.”

Phone numbers are available today in the latest version of textPlus, which can be downloaded for free in the Canadian iTunes App Store: http://tpca.cpi.textpl.us/s/t

  About GOGII

GOGII (go-jee) is a mobile communications technology company and makers of textPlus, the leading free mobile social messaging app. The company was founded in 2007 by the founders of leading entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile, acquired by Electronic Arts in 2006. GOGII is headquartered in Los Angeles and backed by leading venture capital firms Matrix Partners, GRP Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ iFund. For more information, visit www.gogii.com.

  About textPlus

textPlus is the leading mobile social messaging destination and the #36 all-time free app in the iTunes App Store. textPlus provides free one-to-one and group texting, both providing and replacing texting services for millions of people worldwide. Additionally, textPlus uniquely offers communities, social search and the ability to discover new people, places and things. Anyone can use textPlus, and the app is currently available on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android phones and tablets. For more information, visit: www.textplus.com.

  About Iristel Inc.

Established in 1999, Iristel is a leading global provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The company was granted a carrier license by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) in 2000 and today it is a national VoIP service provider with the CRTC’s Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) designation in Canada. In addition, Iristel offers the broadest portfolio of IP services in Canada, including hosted IP PBX (private branch exchange), virtual faxing, virtual roaming, and global IP trunking products and services. Its expertise includes PBX and VPN (virtual private network) installations for enterprises with multiple locations. Iristel has also deployed multiple, redundant switching facilities and Points of Presence (PoPs) nationally resulting in the delivery of stable telecom business solutions to its customers. More information about Iristel can be found at: http://www.Iristel.ca.

textPlus Brings Free Phone Numbers to Canada

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