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Since it's customary to bring a gift when you're visiting far-flung nations, Libon couldn't turn up to MWC empty handed. That's why it's announcing that premium users are gaining some new features to widen the WhatsApp and Viber-rival's appeal. If you have coughed up, then you'll be entitled to call more than 30 extra countries, and those Libon Minutes can now be spent contacting domestic landlines and mobiles, too. Anyone who signs up to the service will get a month of premium features gratis before needing to subscribe for $2.99 (£1.99, €2.69) a month. Want to know more? You should know where we've placed the PR by now.

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Libon beefs up premium offering by opening up VoIP calling to more destinations worldwide; domestic fixed landlines and mobiles now included

Stay connected with even more people that matter - Libon for iOS adds new premium features, allows users to call internationally to fixed landlines and mobiles across any operator
Avoid expensive roaming charges by calling home for free using Libon (connected to Wi-Fi)
New users will receive a premium upgrade free for a month
Libon is Joyn-compatible and will offer the best of both worlds: RCS (Rich Communications Suite) and Over-The-Top

Barcelona, Spain: 25th February 2013, 10am GMT - Libon, the all-in-one communications app from Orange that offers free calls, smart messaging and personalized visual voicemail, today announces that the app's premium offering just got even better. Users who sign up to the premium version of the app will be able to connect to more than 30 destinations across the globe*. Staying connected with people that matter just got even easier. It doesn't stop there - Libon users will now also be able to dial out to domestic fixed line landlines and mobiles across ANY operator*.

Free to download from the App Store, Libon's current premium offer enables users from 95 countries to enjoy free HD calls between fellow Libon users, unlimited personalized voicemail greetings for contacts and a free hour of calling* each month to international destinations across the globe. For Libon users travelling abroad, no roaming charge will apply*- they can call home for free as long as they're connected to Wi-Fi.

All this combines to make Libon the most powerful communications app available today.

Later this year, Libon will become Joyn-compatible to offer RCS services (chat & group chat, files transfer, On-call content sharing) following Orange's RCS roll-out in Europe. With Libon, Orange truly offers the best of both worlds : Joyn interoperability with Over-The-Top advanced functions. For Orange, the RCS standard embedded in handsets and in downloadable applications is a key factor for the rapid expansion of this standard developed with the GSMA.

For a full list of the destinations countries included, please visit www.libon.com.

So, what's new for the premium users of Libon*?

MORE – users can now dial international mobile numbers
Not just international – users can now dial domestic mobile and fixed line numbers across ANY operator
Travelling abroad? Call home for free as long as connected to Wi-Fi
Not yet downloaded Libon? New users will receive a premium upgrade free for a month

"Libon is all about staying connected with the people that matter," said Giles Corbett, Head of Libon. "Upgrading to the premium version of Libon provides users with a fantastic opportunity to connect with some of the most popular destinations worldwide. Be it for business or pleasure, we believe Libon provides a service where whilst keeping the cost of calls low, we can offer our users crisp and clear HD quality voice calls. Beyond this release, we reinforce our support for the RCS standard as we believe the combination of Libon and Joyn will be the perfect solution for customers."

A free version of Libon is available with free HD calls and text messaging between Libon users, a visual voicemail with greetings customization for up to 3 different contacts or groups of contacts, text-to-speech functionality, voicemails transcription** for Libon contact messages, iPhone and email notification of missed voicemails received.

Libon is...

Free HD calls

Libon users will enjoy completely free high quality voice calls between Libon users, wherever they are, in the same country or on the other side of the world.

Your contacts only need to download Libon for free from the App Store to begin enjoying free HD crystal clear calls between each other, all you need is 3G or Wi-Fi connections.

Free messages

Libon's instant messaging is as easy to use as SMS.

Conversations – not just calls

For each of your contacts, Libon summarizes your recent conversations, pulling into one place instant messaging, calls, and voicemails so you can have insightful contextual communications.

It's all about the voicemail: make your callers feel special

Libon's voicemail offers advanced features including customized greetings for individuals or groups, and text transcription of voicemails**.

You don't speak the same way to your partner, your family, your colleagues or your customers so Libon lets you sort your contacts into groups, each group hearing a different greeting message. Callers are recognized by their name and even receive your location, if part of a trusted group. Greetings may integrate your last tweet or Facebook status to dynamically update the greeting message**.

For when it's not convenient, there's no need to listen to voice messages, Libon converts voice messages to text. And with Libon you don't even have to record greetings, just type them in Libon and choose a voice from our voice library*.

Never lose anything

Contacts, conversations, messages – everything is saved and synched in our cloud. Lost your phone? Just download Libon on your new handset and find everything in its place.

Free...

A free version of Libon is available with free HD calls and text messaging between Libon users, a visual voicemail with greetings customization for up to 3 different contacts or groups of contacts, Text-to-speech functionality*, voicemails transcription for Libon contact messages*, iPhone and email notification of missed voicemails received, etc....

...or upgrade to Premium

In all 95 countries, users can opt for the Premium option. This in-app subscription provides unlimited customized greetings, full-length transcription of all voicemail messages**, unlimited storage and email copies of all voicemails. In addition, Libon offers its Premium users a full hour of national and international calling* every month to landlines or mobile numbers in a large list of countries, allowing users to use or experiment with Libon even with friends or family who don't yet use it.

All this combines to make Libon the most powerful communications app available today.

In 2013 Libon will be RCS services compatible (chat & group chat, files transfer, On-call content sharing). Orange is convinced that RCS standard embedded in the handsets and in downloadable applications is a key factor for the rapid expansion of this standard built under GSMA supervision.

*Not available in Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Luxemburg, Dominican Republic, Armenia, Moldavia

** Available in English, French and Spanish

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