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Free-to-Use Communications Portal merges with Web 2.0

MailSting, a communications and content portal that combines the best of today’s Web 2.0 applications with delivery to worldwide mobile handsets, while rewarding members for their activity, launches last week.

With just one free MailSting user name and password and no monthly subscription fee, users can take advantage of 100MB email space, 100MB media storage for file sharing, instant messenger, social networking and blogging facilities. The service also includes an inbound SMS and MMS mobile inbox accompanied by the user's personal keyword and number (sting!user!message to 60300). The system is compatible with most mobile telephone networks and the site's file sharing capabilities can be integrated with mobile handsets, PDAs and PSPs.

Registration to the site and many of its features is free. Furthermore, MailSting users are rewarded for sending messages via the site and introducing new members. 'Stings' are earned each time an email is sent to another MailSting user or a friend is encouraged to sign up. The Stings can then be used to buy premium content (such as mobile ringtones and games), create images, send worldwide SMS messages, Wap Push or upgrade the account from the basic free package. Stings can also be purchased via PayPal.

MailSting also offers custom image editing, so the user can customise their own images with text, cropping and different effects, and then send the final artwork to a mobile phone. The MailSting team believes no other service of this kind is currently available online.

Peter Ferguson, founder and managing director of MailSting, spent four years developing the service. He says: “With MailSting, users can combine many of the functions of sites such as MySpace, Hotmail, Jamster and Flickr into one easy-to-use portal, with the added benefit of integrating their online space with their mobile phone. The site can also be used to download premium content, from a selection of over 10,000 mobile ring tones, games and more, which can be purchased using the ‘Stings’ earned just by sending everyday emails.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.