EQO Frees Canada

    Talk with friends, family and colleagues anywhere in Canada for only 2.6
    cents per minute. Download EQO and get bonus 90 minutes of free calling.

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23 /CNW/ -- Canadians have long been
subject to expensive long-distance cell phone bills when calling friends,
family and business contacts outside their immediate calling area. Unlike in
the US and most other countries, where long distance mobile calling is a thing
of the past, Canadian carriers impose hefty rates for calls between cities.
However, this has now changed.
    EQO, a Vancouver based company, today announced that it is freeing
Canadians from pricey long-distance rates by enabling them to call from their
cell phones to anywhere in Canada and 30 different countries for only 2.6
cents per minute. This means that an hour worth of calling will cost only
$1.56. Try EQO's interactive rate calculator and see the savings for yourself.
    EQO also offers free IM on all major services, including MSN, AIM,
Yahoo!, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber.  Plus, calls between EQO users are always
free. In order to celebrate its launch, EQO is now offering a bonus of up to
an hour and a half of free calling.
    According to EQO CEO, Bill Tam, "We were being ripped off, and we got fed
up paying $300 cell phone bills just to call friends and family in Canada.
This led us to develop an incredibly user friendly piece of mobile software
that gives people tremendous savings on domestic long-distance and
international calls."
    CBC's Tod Maffin (also of Creative Commons) recently spoke with Mr. Tam
about the ways that EQO benefits Canadian mobile users.  View the video here:
    EQO also announced today that its Co-Founder and Chief Software
Architect, Jeff LaPorte, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as
one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 (see Jeff LaPorte Named
to TR35).
    EQO coverage extends to all major Canadian cities including, Calgary,
Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City,
Saint John's, Sherbrooke, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. Visit
http://www.EQO.com to register and start using EQO today.
    About EQO
    EQO (pronounced "echo") is a FREE, easy to use application for your
existing mobile phone that lets you call anywhere within Canada and throughout
the world for rates as low as 2.6 cents per minute. Plus, with EQO you get
cheap text messages and free access to all your favourite instant messaging
services like MSN, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber! EQO is remarkably
simple to use and does not require a new contract, computer or calling card.
It works just like your mobile's phonebook - simply scroll through your
contacts and click to call or send a message.  EQO works with your existing
phone plan (local minutes and a bit of data) to complete calls and messages at
some of the lowest rates in the world. Even better, calls and texts to other
EQO users are free! Visit us at http://www.eqo.com

For further information:

For further information: Doug Wyllie, of North America Antenna Group 
Public Relations, +1-415-977-1930, doug@antennagroup.com Web Site:
http://www.eqo.com                  http://www.todmaffin.com/blog/eqo

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