Yao Ming Gets Own Service

Mobile Internet Group (MIG) and SOHU.com will launch the official Yao Ming wireless services in China on June 17

June 12, 2003

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BEIJING -- Leading wireless application service provider and co-publisher, Mobile Internet Group Pty Limited (MIG) and SOHU.com (NASDAQ:SOHU) , China's leading online media, communications, commerce and mobile value-added services company will formally launch the official Yao Ming wireless services on June 17, 2003.

MIG and Yao Ming have executed an exclusive agreement whereby MIG will build and host all official Yao Ming wireless services and content in Asia. Under a similar exclusive agreement, SOHU has built, and currently operates and promotes, the Yao Ming official website in the Chinese language (http://yaoming.net/china ). MIG and SOHU have signed an agreement to cooperate on offering Yao Ming wireless content on the Yao Ming site under http://mobile.yaoming.net/ .

The wireless services initially available range from a Yao Ming SMS (Short Messaging Services) Quiz to Yao Ming MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services) Color Greeting Cards with voice messages that users can download directly to their phones. Also on offer is the Yao Ming ZONE which provides Yao fans with daily Yao Ming SMS news and information, including messages written directly by the Gentle Giant himself that give fans insight into his life and playing career. For more information on Yao Ming wireless services fans can visit http://yaoming.net/china .

"I am an avid gamer and I often use SMS and MMS so I am very happy to be able to connect with my fans through Yao Ming branded mobile services. Since my fans are very important to me, offering these services on mobile.yaoming.net now allows me to connect with my fans when they are surfing online or using their mobile phones, which is great," said Yao Ming.

"We are thrilled to be Yao Ming's exclusive wireless partner in Asia. Our partnership with China's online leader SOHU will enable his online fans to fully enjoy the Yao Ming wireless services on offer," remarked Matthew Talbot, CEO of MIG. "MIG will continue to update and create new wireless services across SMS, MMS, WAP, BREW, JAVA and C-Mode, to provide Yao Ming fans the widest possible range of wireless applications and services."

"We are excited to be offering mobile services through yaoming.net/china. Our partnership with both MIG and Yao Ming illustrates SOHU's market leadership in the dynamic and fast growing wireless value added services arena in China," said Victor Koo, Chief Operating Officer of SOHU.com.

Mobile Internet Group Pty. Ltd. (MIG)


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