Jeff LaPorte Named to Technology Review's Prestigious TR35 List of Top Young Innovators



    
    TR35 for 2007 to be Honored at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies
    Conference at MIT
    

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23 /CNW/ -- EQO today announced 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 for his creation of technology that enables regular cell phone
handsets to make cost efficient, internet-based mobile phone calls through the
fusion of mobile data and voice networks.  This technology is available today
at http://www.eqo.com.  Selected from more than 300 nominees by a panel of
expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, the TR35 is an
elite group of accomplished young innovators who exemplify the spirit of
innovation in business, technology and the arts.
    Jeff's innovation was spurred by his desire to challenge the "walled
garden" approach of today's mobile networks in which users are prevented from
choosing which services to enjoy on their mobile devices.  As a Canadian, Jeff
was particularly frustrated by Canadian carriers imposing hefty rates for
calls between cities within Canada, so in combination with this announcement
EQO also launched today the "EQO Frees Canada" promotion where Canadians
receive a bonus 90 minutes of free calling when they get EQO.
    Jeff conceived a new type of "overlay" mobile voice service that rides on
top of existing mobile voice and data networks, and works with regular cell
phone handsets.  He co-founded EQO to develop and market the technology
worldwide.  The end result enables people to make free or near-free
international calls straight from their cell phones and is currently available
for download on several hundred handsets to users in 29 countries.
    "The TR35 honors young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to
have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it," said Jason Pontin, editor
in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine.  "We celebrate their
success and look forward to their continued advancement of technology in their
respective fields."
    Jeff LaPorte and the other TR35 winners for 2007 will be featured in the
September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the Emerging
Technologies Conference to be held at MIT September 25-27, 2007.
    EQO CEO Bill Tam, explains, "Jeff is truly a pioneer in this field.  He's
one of the few individuals who really understands the intersection of web
services, VoIP and mobile telecom.  Jeff has done a remarkable job of ensuring
that EQO is best-in-class from this perspective."
    Additional information about past and present TR35 winners and judges is
available at www.technologyreview.com/tr35/.  For more information about
Technology Review's 2007 Emerging Technologies Conference, please visit:
http://www.technologyreview.com/events/tretc/index.aspx.
    
    About EQO
    
    EQO (pronounced "echo") is a FREE, easy to use application for your
existing mobile phone that lets you call anywhere in the world for rates as
low as 2.3 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
    
    About Technology Review, Inc.
    
    Technology Review, Inc., an independent media company owned by MIT, is
the authority on the future of technology, identifying emerging technologies
and analyzing their impact for leaders.  Technology Review's media properties
include Technology Review magazine, the oldest technology magazine in the
world (founded in 1899); the daily news website TechnologyReview.com; and
events such as the annual Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.




For further information:

For further information: Brent Cohler of EQO Communications, 
+1-310-650-8941, bcohler@eqo.com; or Doug Wyllie of Antenna Group Public 
Relations, +1-415-977-1930, doug@antennagroup.com, for EQO Communications; or 
Sarah Mees of Technology Review, +1-617-682-3759, press@technologyreview.com
Web Site: http://www.eqo.com

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