Virgin Mobile Chooses InfoSpace for World's Most Comprehensive Mobile Search



    Agreement with InfoSpace Enables Virgin Mobile to Significantly Extend
Its Mobile Offering for Customers Through On-Portal and Internet Search
Capabilities

    LONDON, June 2 /CNW/ - InfoSpace, Inc. (Nasdaq:  INSP), a leading developer
of mobile technologies, will today announce that it is supplying Virgin Mobile
with its complete suite of mobile platform services, including the addition of
a customized, integrated mobile search solution. As a result, Virgin Mobile
will be able to offer its subscribers the ability to search the web, WAP sites
and Virgin Mobile's own portal and storefront providing access to ringtones,
games and other premium content.

    InfoSpace's next generation mobile search solution for Virgin Mobile will
reflect the company's recent partnerships with FAST Search & Transfer, a
leading developer of search technologies, and InfoGin, a leader in the field
of Web-to-mobile content adaptation. Virgin Mobile will benefit from FAST's
superior search software, relevancy algorithms, crawling and indexing
technologies and InfoGin's Web-to-mobile content adaptation technology to
deliver the most comprehensive and commercially deployed mobile search
solution. InfoSpace's industry-leading metasearch technology seamlessly blends
results from several sources including Storefronts, WAP and Web indexing, as
well as Portal Search. With the InfoSpace's mobile search solution, operators
can maintain visibility while providing users the advantages of a
comprehensive mobile search experience that enables searching for any content
or information, regardless of its origin or format, using a single search box.

    Nick White, Head of Digital Services and NPD at Virgin Mobile, said: "If
the impact of the internet on our daily lives, as well as the global economy,
has taught the mobile world anything, it is that it's no longer about
searching for the next killer application -- search itself is the killer
application. Virgin mobile is a firm believer that the there should be no
limit to the content available for our users -- from the latest celeb gossip
to searches for entertainment in the local area or even the most cryptic piece
of trivia -- it must be available to everyone, everywhere. We are very pleased
to extend our relationship with InfoSpace into this exciting new area."

    George Fraser, Managing Director - Europe, InfoSpace Mobile, said: "The
mobile phone has revolutionized communication when on the move. Mobile search
is the next stage of this revolution and brings all of the world's knowledge
to mobile users' fingertips. We have been working with Virgin Mobile on mobile
content since 2001, so we know what their subscribers expect and demand. Our
intimate understanding of the mobile portal, combined with our heritage in
online search and directories, means we are uniquely placed to enable
operators to really exploit the potential of mobile search."

    InfoSpace already provides mobile search services for numerous operators
worldwide including Sprint in North America, which included the world's first
cellular location-based search service.

    About Virgin Mobile

    Virgin Mobile is the UK's largest mobile virtual network operator and
uses T-Mobile's network. Since its launch in November 1999, Virgin Mobile has
attracted more than 4 million customers. Virgin Mobile is part of Virgin
Media. The group is the first to be able to offer "quadruple play" to
customers: mobile and fixed line telephony, broadband internet and television.

    In the UK, Virgin Mobile phones are available direct on 0845 6000 600, on
the web at www.virginmobile.co.uk or on the high street at approximately 5,000
outlets including Virgin Mobile Stores within Virgin Megastores and selected
WHSmiths, The Carphone Warehouse, The Link, Phones 4 U, Currys.digital, Comet,
Tesco, Asda, John Lewis, Argos, Woolworths, Toys R Us, Ryman, web retailer
Dial-a-phone plus hundreds of independent mobile phone dealers and available
via Shop Direct/Littlewoods, Grattan and Empire home shopping channels.

    Virgin Mobile Pay Monthly (contract) is currently available in Virgin
Mobile Stores, The Carphone Warehouse, The Link, Phones 4u, at concessions in
WHSmith and from www.virginmobile.co.uk. Virgin Mobile employs approximately
1,700 staff at three sites, Trowbridge, London and Daventry, and has an
outsourced customer service centre operated by approximately 200 staff in
Middlesbrough.

    Since 2000, Virgin Mobile has consecutively won the best customer service
award at the Mobile Choice Awards and has been voted one of the UK's best 25
workplaces in the Financial Times survey for three years running. 2006 also
saw www.virginmobile.co.uk voted "Website of the Year 2006."

    About InfoSpace Mobile

    InfoSpace Mobile is a leading developer of mobile technologies and
infrastructure services that help mobile users quickly and easily discover and
enjoy content and information on the go. InfoSpace's mobile platform offers
carrier partners a customizable, scalable solution for the programming and
delivery of mobile content, helping build stronger brands and generate
revenue. Mobile users benefit from the best-in-class local search experience
of InfoSpace Find It!TM www.infospacefindit.com, and InfoSpace's easy-to-use
mobile portal, search, messaging and storefront offerings. The company's
mobile products and services are available to over 200 million consumers
through mobile operators such as AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless,
Sprint Nextel, and Virgin Mobile. For further information please visit
www.infospaceinc.com.

    Cautionary Note about Forward-Looking Statements

    This release contains forward-looking statements regarding the
availability of InfoSpace's mobile search technology to Virgin Mobile's users.
These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are
subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to
predict. Factors that could affect InfoSpace's actual results include actual
performance under the Virgin Mobile agreement, the progress and costs of
deployment of products and services, the scope and timing of user adoption and
implementation and market acceptance of the application and features of
InfoSpace's mobile search technology. A more detailed description of certain
factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to,
those discussed in InfoSpace's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed from time to time, in the section
entitled "Risk Factors." Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this
release. InfoSpace undertakes no obligation to update publicly any
forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances
after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated
events.




For further information:

For further information: UK: InfoSpace Europe Senior Director, Sales &
Marketing Victor Malachard, +44 794 1384 107 victor.malachard@infospace.com or
France/Spain: InfoSpace Europe Director, Sales - France & Spain Frederic
Dumeny, +33 685 838 201 frederic.dumeny@infospace.com

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