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74% of Americans Working During the Holidays, According to National Survey by InterCall

AT&T Announces Best-Selling Ringtones of 2007

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74% of Americans Working During the Holidays, According to National Survey by InterCall

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees may get away from the office during the holidays, but most of them will be taking their work with them. Just as technology has made it simpler than ever to work on the go, it's also easing holiday stress.

Findings from a national survey by InterCall, the world's largest conferencing and collaboration provider, revealed that 74% of the workers surveyed plan to work over the holidays. Additionally, 72% of those surveyed find that the ability to work remotely makes their lives easier.

According to the survey, workers use a combination of conferencing, instant messaging, cell phones, landlines and e-mail when working away from the office. The primary technologies used are e-mail and mobile phone, although 21% will use conferencing to remotely connect with colleagues and customers during the holidays this year.

The survey also revealed where Americans will be working from:

  -- 85% will use their home office;
  -- 24% will work at a family member's home;
  -- 18% ignore travel delays at the airport by working;
  -- 17% report working while shopping and running errands;
  -- 15% work while they're vacationing at a resort or hotel;
  -- 6% plan to work in bed;
  -- 2% work while working out at the gym; and
  -- 2% are working instead of mingling at holiday parties.

Technology today is allowing people to become more connected than ever, and workers are taking advantage of that luxury. The result of this connectivity is that lines are being blurred between work and play. Today, workers are using technology as productivity tools to build a better balance between work and their everyday life. Clearly, technology is evolving from a convenience to a benefit.

According to Bob Wise, vice president of marketing and strategic development for InterCall, "Technology is empowering workers to take control over where and when they want to get work done. People can get more done when they use technology in the way that's most productive for them."

InterCall is the world's largest conferencing and collaboration provider, offering audio, video and Web conferencing services, unified communications and other business communication tools. For more information on the company's products and services, please visit http://www.intercall.com/.

The survey was conducted online among a nationally representative sample of American workers in December 2007, with 2,836 workers responding.

Source: PRNewswire

AT&T Announces Best-Selling Ringtones of 2007

AT&T today announced the top 10 most downloaded ringtones of 2007. AT&T's best-selling ringtones of the year are as follows:

  • Shop Boyz "Party Like a Rockstar"
  • Mims "This Is Why I'm Hot"
  • Soulja Boy "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
  • Nickelback "Rockstar"
  • Akon "Don't Matter"
  • T-Pain "Buy You A Drank (Shawty Snappin)"
  • Hurricane Chris "A Bay Bay"
  • Sean Kingston "Beautiful Girls"
  • Huey "Pop, Lock & Drop It"
  • Fergie "Big Girls Don't Cry"

"Ringtones continue to be one of the most popular entertainment features on wireless devices, whether they're hip-hop, alternative, classic rock, pop, Latin, country or even holiday tunes," said Mark Collins, vice president of Consumer Data for AT&T's wireless unit.

There are more than 40,000 ringtones available to match each customer's personal style. For more information on available ringtones, visit www.att.com/mediamall or click on the AT&T Music icon from an AT&T wireless handset.

Customers can purchase ringtones a la carte for $2.49 or sign up for AT&T's MyMedia Club for a monthly charge. Through MyMedia Club, subscribers get credits that can be redeemed for ringtones, graphics and games in the MEdia Mall. Subscribers can choose from three subscription options for savings up to 40 percent on purchases. Packages start at $5.99 a month.

Through the holidays, AT&T is offering customers "Jingle Bells," "The Dreidel Song" and "Noche de Paz" as ringtones free of charge. To obtain one of the free ringtones, customers must simply send a text message with the word GIFT to the number 7230. They will receive a text message with a link to download their free ringtone or game. Normal data-usage charges apply during download, based on the customer's data plan.

In addition, customers who are looking for last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers can purchase Tone E-cards for their friends and family members. The Tone E-Cards, valued at $9.99 or $19.99, can be ordered online at http://www.att.com/tonecard. After receivers gets an e-mail with the code, they can shop for ringtones or graphics at MEdia Mall and redeem the gift by entering the eight-digit code in the Coupon/Tone Card Code field on the Ringtone or Graphic Purchase page.

Source: AT&T

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