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China Telecom, NetEase Unveil Social Instant Messaging Application "YiChat"

August 20, 2013

China Telecom Corporation Limited has entered into a strategic partnership with NetEase Inc. The two organizations will soon be unveiling a proprietary social instant messaging application, YiChat, especially for smartphones.

In a statement, Jie Yang, president and COO, China Telecom, said, "The joint venture with NetEase and the launch of YiChat is a crucial step in China Telecom's strategic transformation. It demonstrates China Telecom's commitment to mobile Internet development. Aiming to make YiChat one of the most popular social instant messaging applications for young people in China, China Telecom will work towards the success of the joint venture and YiChat with the most sincere determination."

The latest social instant messaging application, YiChat, incorporates several innovative technologies. Users of YiChat will be able to send text and voice messages to any mobile phone for no extra cost. They will also be able to send voice messages for free to fixed lines. In both the cases, it is not mandatory to install YiChat on the receiving devices. YiChat will deliver a proprietary environmental noise reduction technology and best-in-class photo messaging. The application will also offer numerous imaginative stickers and emoticon designs. Users of China Telecom will be offered supplementary data promotional packages with their usage of YiChat for no extra cost.

William Ding, CEO and founder, NetEase, said, "Our strategic joint venture with China Telecom aims to provide a superior social instant messaging application for smart phone users. This partnership signals the start of NetEase's entry into the mobile instant messaging space, and is the one of the key components of our mobile Internet strategy. Going forward, YiChat will have our full support in its development, utilizing our cutting-edge technological capabilities to offer users a product with the highest quality experience."

NetEase is a major Internet technology organization located in China. NetEase focuses on delivering web-based services revolving around content, community, communication and commerce. The organization is the developer of several popular web-based games, e-mail services, advertising services and web portals in China.  

China Telecom is an integrated information full services operator. The organization is a major provider of wireline telecommunications, CDMA mobile network and broadband Internet services.  

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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