¡Hola! Media Group Announces Launch of Free Unlimited Voice Communication Over the Internet

Service to Target Millions of Spanish Speaking People Around the World

Little Rock, AR, Mountain View, CA, and Austin, TX -- March 15, 2006. -- ¡Hola! Media Group, LLC, a bi-lingual media company, announced today that it has partnered with PeerMe, Inc, a peer-to-peer voice communication technology company, to provide free, unlimited voice communications over the Internet to Spanish speaking internet users world-wide. Targeting users in the United States, Spain, Central and Latin America, the Spanish version joins the previously available English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese versions.



The easily downloaded software will be immediately available through ¡Hola!’s websites and will be integrated into new services including the web and print classifieds, dating, real estate and advertisements sections bringing a new dimension and value added service to readers and advertisers.



PeerMe has developed a peer-to-peer voice and instant messaging environment supporting PC-to-PC and PC-to-handheld voice communications and instant messaging over public Internet connections. PeerMe’s technology can be used independently by users connecting on a peer-to-peer basis or integrated into Web communities bringing a new generation of interactive connectivity to users.



Using industry standard protocols, PeerMe's peer-to-peer voice system provides sound quality almost equal to Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), free and unlimited to any Internet connected PC user worldwide.



“We are excited to partner with ¡Hola! Media Group to bring PeerMe’s technology to the Spanish speaking Internet user, as they are the fastest growing population in the United States and in the world, with many family ties in and outside the United States. The Latin American population can easily benefit from PeerMe’s free and easy to use voice services,” said Tom Lasater, founder and CEO of PeerMe. “PeerMe is committed to enabling online communities and helping to bring people around the world together through the use of our easy-to-use technology. What sets PeerMe apart is our technology, which is aimed at voice enabling the Internet,” said Lasater.



Announcing the enhancement of the ¡Hola! Spanish portal, Maura Lozano-Yancy, founder and CEO of ¡Hola! Media Group, said, “we’re proud to be the leader in this area. With the availability of free and easy downloads, either through our bi-lingual Hola! Portal, www.Hola-Connect.us or directly at www.PeerMe.com/Hola, we can supply world-wide to Spanish-dominant or English-dominant Internet users with free PC to PC calling and instant messaging services. Keep in mind that multi-language options are also available, the Spanish version joins the previously available English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese versions, ” said Lozano-Yancy.



“Similar to the impact of mobile telephones, the software available at www.PeerMe.com/Hola and www.Hola-Connect.us allows computer users to communicate with their network of friends, family and colleagues anywhere, anytime – free “en Español” or in their language of choice.” PeerMe’s design integrated into the ¡Hola! Spanish and bi-lingual portals delivers a solution with our community in mind, it can be a purely Spanish or purely bi-lingual language experience," said Lozano-Yancy.



"This launch is a significant step in our communications expansion plan. In conjunction with the launch of the ¡Hola! Spanish portal we are looking forward to the integration of PeerMe’s technology into the ¡Hola! portal’s as a voice tag for classified and advertising,” said Michael Yancy, ¡Hola! Arkansas Hispanic Media & Publishing Co., LLC, VP of Business Development.



¡Hola! Media Group, LLC, is a media and publishing company specialized in bi-lingual communications. Through its operating subsidiaries, ¡Hola! Arkansas, ¡Hola! Media Group’s initial publishing property, founded in October 2000, Internet news portal (www.Hola-Arkansas.com), ¡Hola! Media Group was created to promote and strengthening collaboration, exchange and understanding among people who were born in the United States and those who have immigrated.



Other ¡Hola! Media Group company’s interests and brands include ¡Hola! Connect™, (www.Hola-Connect.Us)™, and Hola! ResearchPAYS™, (www.Hola-ResearchPAYS.com) a Hispanic market research and consumer survey group focused on Hispanic and Latino culture.
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