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Coming Soon to a Screen near You: PGi Reinvents Collaboration with iMeet®

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> New Platform Built to Revolutionize Remote Business Meetings Now Available in Expanded Beta </p> <p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> </p>

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Coming Soon to a Screen near You: PGi Reinvents Collaboration with iMeet®16:21 EDT Thursday, July 22, 2010 ATLANTA (Business Wire) -- As any business person who spends a lot of time on conference calls knows, remote meetings can be frustrating and inefficient. Amid the chorus of “Who joined? … Did someone just join? … Are we all here?” participants struggle to make conference calls productive in their increasingly packed schedules. Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE: PGI), a global meetings expert, today announced that it is inviting members of the public to participate in an expanded beta test of iMeet®, its proprietary new meeting application designed to take the pain out of getting together online. Technology visionary Boland T. Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO, had a simple mission: Make meetings more enjoyable, and in turn, make them more productive. “With iMeet, we started from scratch – with a blank slate and a radically ambitious goal of changing the way companies do business by improving the way they meet and collaborate,” said Jones. “We painstakingly designed every step of the iMeet experience to alleviate users' common frustrations with their remote, virtual meetings. The result is that iMeet gives people a more natural and intuitive way to connect that maximizes engagement, minimizes distractions and promotes productivity.” iMeet gives users their own personal meeting room online, where they can get together any time, whether one-to-one or in a group setting. iMeet has a refreshingly simple and elegant design and a visually rich interface that enables everyone to see who is in the meeting. “iMeet puts people, not technology, front-and-center. It delivers a unique, personal experience that we think will result in better, more enjoyable and more impactful meetings,” said Jones. Designed by real people for real people, iMeet advocates personal choice: Users get their own web address and a meeting room they can personalize; they can use their webcam or profile photo, or choose between talking on their telephone or through their computer's connection; users can share photos, bios and contact information so others can get to know them better, and easily show and share videos and documents; and they can connect with one another in today's most popular social networks without ever leaving their iMeet room. Having combined the best parts of video, web conferencing and social networking, iMeet is tailor-made for today's collaborative worker that spends nearly 20 percent of their average day in meetings. iMeet is a browser-based application that requires no downloads, making it easy for any business or individual to use. It is the first application to be deployed on PGi's next-generation collaboration platform. Individuals interested in participating in the expanded iMeet beta can sign-up for consideration at www.imeet.com. About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi The world collaborates with PGi. Our advanced meeting, conferencing and collaboration solutions energize people and organizations to connect more meaningfully and work together more productively. Our customers include more than 50,000 companies and nearly 90% of the Fortune 500. Every month, 12 million people around the world use PGi's advanced solutions and next-generation platform to meet, work and collaborate. PGi is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations in 24 countries worldwide. You can learn more at www.pgi.com. Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made based on management's current expectations or beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in Premiere Global Services, Inc.'s forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following factors: competitive pressures, including pricing pressures; technological changes; the development of alternatives to our services; general domestic and international economic, business or political conditions; risks associated with challenging global economic conditions or a prolonged recession, including customer consolidations, restructuring, bankruptcies or payment defaults; market acceptance of our new services and enhancements; our ability to complete acquisitions and successfully integrate acquired operations; concerns regarding the security of sending information over the Internet and public networks; our ability to upgrade our equipment or increase our network capacity; service interruptions; continued weakness in our legacy broadcast fax business; our dependence on telecommunications supply agreements; increased financial leverage; our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash flow; future write-downs of goodwill or other intangible assets; assessments of income, sales and other taxes for which we have not accrued; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and intellectual property rights; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; federal, state or international legislative or regulatory changes, including further government regulations applicable to traditional telecommunications service providers; risks associated with international operations and fluctuations in currency exchange rates; changes in and the successful execution of restructuring and cost reduction initiatives and the market reaction thereto and other factors described from time to time in our press releases, reports and other filings with the SEC, including but not limited to the “Risk Factors” sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or a person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.