The launch of the first integrated e-mail and SMS text messaging product to be fully certified by Microsoft is set to save British businesses £millions in landline to mobile call charges and generate a new revenue stream for dealers and resellers.

The new software package, called OutlookSMS, allows users to send and receive mobile phone text messages directly from e-mail packages including Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
 
As well as accreditation from Microsoft, product developer Mediaburst is also an IBM Partnerworld partner and the company has developed a version of the software for Lotus Notes. The company has already started shipping the solution for Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes and the version for Outlook Express will be available from July.
 
The vast majority of UK businesses use both e-mail and mobile phones and until now there has been no convergence between the products apart from costly high-end solutions. OutlookSMS provides an affordable and accessible solution for all businesses regardless of size.
 
Mediaburst has already signed up a number of dealers and resellers including Axxent and Brigantia and it is actively recruiting additional dealers to sell the product.
 
The potential of the product has been recognised by mobile phone network O2 who has partnered with Mediaburst to tailor a version of OutlookSMS for the O2 customer base.
 
Each dealer signing up with Mediaburst will be provided with a bespoke marketing and advertising campaign to help them sell the product to customers. As well as making a margin on the product, resellers will benefit from a recurring revenue stream derived from the billing of messages.
 
In addition to integrated messaging, OutlookSMS also features a mobile phone location solution which allows users to display the location of a handset to within 20m on a digital map on a PC within 30 seconds. This will offer organisations from the Health Service to estate agents an affordable and simple solution to address the problem of keeping track of lone workers and management of field based personnel.
 
The handset location module has massive potential for businesses with large field based workforces and will allow them to locate and re-route staff when they are needed to address urgent customer calls thereby saving time and wasted fuel associated with personnel having to make unnecessary detours. OutlookSMS provides a reliable location solution for the price of two text messages compared to costly satellite (GPS) based tracking systems.
 
The product features comprehensive opt-in technology which requires the mobile phone user to give consent to have their handset located and this ensures personal privacy is not breached. Once mobile phone owners have opted in and agreed to have their handsets located, they can opt out at any point in the future.
 
As Mediaburst Director Jeremy Bygrave points out, “The vast majority of UK businesses already have e-mail and mobile phones and OutlookSMS is the missing link that converges the two technologies. We believe it will give dealers and resellers a real reason to talk to their customer bases and also to generate a recurring revenue.”
 
“British businesses currently spend more than £1billion every year on land-line to mobile calls and the average call duration is 3 minutes. At least 60% of these calls are to pass on simple messages which could easily be conveyed by SMS.
 
“We believe OutlookSMS has the potential to reduce this call traffic and insodoing save UK businesses in excess of £160M per annum.”
 
Despite the fact that text messaging has become a facet of everyday life with more than 20 billion messages sent every year in the UK, SMS has not been adopted as a mainstream business communications protocol because until now there has not been the recognition of its potential or the means to realise it.
 
Integration with e-mail means SMS messaging capability is available in the software package in which most business users spend a significant amount of their working day.
 
“This is an application that will help businesses save time and money on both their phone bills and also on the management of field based personnel. We believe users will see an immediate return on investment from this product. This powerful proposition means the product represents an excellent revenue opportunity for resellers.
 
“OutlookSMS is fully accredited by Microsoft and is powered by Cisco. It integrates seamlessly with most common e-mail packages currently used by businesses. This means sending a text from a PC will be as easy as sending an e-mail and it will make SMS a reliable business communications tool which will give users full traceability of message receipt and delivery.
 
“Our product converges the PC and the mobile phone. Unlike many similar products on the market which promise SMS and e-mail integration our product actually delivers on the promise with a truly converged solution,” Jeremy Bygrave adds

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Vodafone Ireland, Ireland's leading mobile operator, has launched the BlackBerry wireless solution for corporate users, featuring the BlackBerry 7230 Wireless Handheld.

his is the first BlackBerry offering available to Vodafone customers in Ireland. The BlackBerry 7230 provides integrated support for phone, email, intranet, Internet, SMS and organizer applications. The BlackBerry 7230 also features a high-resolution color screen and customized user-interface using Vodafone Live iconography which customers will find easy to use.

BlackBerry from Vodafone is initially being aimed to the corporate business market with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Domino and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.

Chris Handley, Data Product Marketing Manager, Vodafone Ireland said, "The launch of BlackBerry from Vodafone is exciting news for Vodafone Ireland. Over recent years we have significantly increased our voice and data offering to business customers. The addition of BlackBerry to our portfolio of products is good news for both Vodafone Ireland and our customers."

Vodafone Ireland plans to extend its BlackBerry offering over the coming months and plans to launch BlackBerry Web Client for individuals and the SME and SOHO business markets this autumn. BlackBerry Web Client features an Internet-based email interface that allows users to access multiple existing corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP email accounts) from a single BlackBerry handheld.

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Agreement enables Ireland's largest wireless Internet service provider to introduce SIM authentication

The open WeRoam roaming platform with around 10.000 Wi-Fi hotspot locations worldwide and Bitbuzz, a leading independent wireless Internet service provider in Ireland, have agreed to work together closely on introducing the pioneering SIM authentication solution into the Irish wireless public Internet access market. This cooperation agreement means that international WeRoam customers will be able to access Bitbuzz's WLAN hotspots in hotels, bars, coffee shops and other public areas easily and safely by using a SIM card and PIN code. The process of purchasing pre-paid cards will no longer be necessary, for these WeRoam customers.

To develop the patent-pending SIM authentication technology, WeRoam combined its many years of know-how in GSM roaming and clearing with the unique characteristics of WLAN technology. WeRoam's customers have fast, easy and secure access to wireless Internet services from thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across the world and all they need for authentication is their personal 4-digit PIN number and a SIM card. They will be conveniently charged to their monthly mobile phone invoice.

Bitbuzz operates Wi-Fi hotspots across Ireland at well known locations such as "The Market Bar", "The Mespil Hotel", "The Kylemore Cafe" and "Fitzpatrick Castle" and can now, thanks to its cooperation agreement with WeRoam, expand its authentication methods to include the future-oriented SIM technology as the first WISP in Ireland to do so.

Sony Ericsson and Vodafone have today announced the launch of the F500i camera phone, exclusively available on Vodafone live!, Vodafone's industry leading multi media consumer service. Featuring a large colour screen, integrated still and video camera and support for music ringtones, the F500i offers consumers even greater opportunities to enjoy high quality games as well as an extensive range of services available on Vodafone live!. The F500i will be sold across Vodafone live! markets, from the middle of July.

The F500i is designed specifically to help Vodafone meet the needs of consumers who increasingly want to get more out of multimedia services. Vodafone live! brings together an extensive range of services including colour picture messaging, the best in colour gaming, the largest catalogue of realistic music ringtones, alerts and information in colour and with pictures, immediate links to additional exciting content such as picture and text messaging, music, sport and news, all from an easy-to-use picture menu, available any time, any where.
 
"The Sony Ericsson F500i is the latest exciting addition to our range of Vodafone exclusive handsets allowing customers easy access to Vodafone live! services," said Guy Laurence, Vodafone's Global Marketing Director of Products and Services. "With the growing popularity of high quality, easy-to-use camera phones and the continued high interest in games, the F500i is well positioned to appeal to a broad range of consumers keen to combine the excitement of gaming on their handset with a host of features, allowing them even more ways to keep in touch with their friends and family". 

"We are very excited about expanding our collaboration with Vodafone and bringing the F500i to the market, as we share their passion for compelling mobile entertainment services," says Jan Wäreby, Corporate Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing at Sony Ericsson. "Our focus on easy-to-use camera phones has been well appreciated by consumers around the world and with the F500i, we also offer a great gaming experience to Vodafone live! users."

US-based start-up expands distribution reach to Europe, gains strong management and premium titles

Digital Chocolate, a developer of innovative software for mobile phones founded by software gaming pioneer, Trip Hawkins, today announced it has acquired Sumea, a leading European developer and publisher of high-quality games for mobile phones.

The acquisition provides Digital Chocolate with relationships with some of the world's largest wireless carriers, international distribution channels, and a catalog of leading games for mobile phones. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Digital Chocolate applications will be available through major U.S. wireless carriers later this summer.

Digital Chocolate develops and publishes innovative applications for mobile phones, including games, lifestyle and social networking applications. The company's CEO and founder, Trip Hawkins, has a notable history in gaming software, having founded and built the seminal games company Electronic Arts.  Founded in December 2003, Digital Chocolate is backed by Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers and Sequoia Capital, as well as individual investors, including Bob Pittman, former COO of AOL/Time Warner and founder of MTV.

Sumea was originally founded in 1999 and focuses on creating high quality, innovative and technically superior games for major wireless platforms. Sumea is based in Helsinki, Finland and has some of the world's leading wireless carriers as customers and partners, including Vodafone, O2, Orange, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, and Cingular Wireless. Sumea's Mafia Wars and Racing Fever games are among the leading games on some of the industry's most prominent carriers.

"Acquiring Sumea provides Digital Chocolate with strong, established partnerships with major global carriers, broad geographic distribution and an entire catalog of top-rated games," said Trip Hawkins, CEO of Digital Chocolate.

"Our mission is to enhance the everyday experience for the millions of people on the world's most ubiquitous computing platform. Sumea's 24 titles, great carrier relationships and industry leadership get us closer to that goal," he continued.

"Sumea brings a highly talented management team that has built a profitable and innovative company. They've developed and launched some of the most popular games in the world," said Mark Jacobstein, president and COO of Digital Chocolate. "Digital Chocolate will be global and mobile, and now we're set to launch in Europe with one of the best organizations on the continent."

The merged entity will have relationships with over 110 distribution partners in more than 53 countries on five continents. Digital Chocolate plans to retain the Sumea brand for existing Sumea titles and expand the distribution of those titles in the U.S., as well as leverage the existing Sumea channels internationally to support upcoming Digital Chocolate applications.

"At Sumea we are very excited about working with Digital Chocolate and industry veterans like Trip Hawkins toward a common, immediate goal of developing and publishing high quality games that change the way people think about and use their mobile phones." said Ilkka Paananen, CEO of Sumea.
"This merger will also offer increased access to new financial and development resources that will bring greater value to Sumea's current customers."

TomTom MOBILE enables pocket-sized navigation for smartphones

TomTom, Europe's leading personal and in-car navigation solution provider, today revealed it is bringing navigation solutions for smartphones to market. TomTom MOBILE, which was first demonstrated at CeBIT in March 2004, will be launched across Europe for Series 60 and Microsoft Smartphone handsets in late Summer 2004.

"By extending navigation technology into the smartphone arena, TomTom furthers its mission to bring leading-edge navigation solutions to a wider consumer audience." said Harold Goddijn, TomTom's chief executive officer. "As consumer interest in-car navigation grows, TomTom MOBILE enables smartphone users to turn their phones into a personal companion that will safely get them from A to B stress free."

Smartphones are powerful mobile devices with next-generation features, such as e-mail and large colour screens, as well as more information capability than traditional mobile phones. The increased processing power and memory size of smartphones enables them to bring new experiences to mobile phone users. TomTom MOBILE will support popular smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and HTC.

TomTom MOBILE will feature TomTom's award winning navigation software pre-installed on MMC cards, requiring no installation or configuration. The solution will also offer wireless portability for effortless in-car fitting using the smallest and lightest GPS receiver on the market (Bluetooth-enabled with rechargeable battery).

TomTom MOBILE's on-screen and voice instructions mean that the driver never needs to worry about taking their eyes off the road or worry about touching the phone to enter information. 3D mapping, turn-by-turn voice instructions, night and day settings, automatic re-routing, customisable points of interest (POI), postcode look-up and excellent street number coverage all add up to an impeccable navigation experience. Naturally, TomTom MOBILE offers continued visual instruction during voice calls.

Drivers will also have the option to receive traffic information via GPRS. Real-time alerts will be sent straight to the driver and offer an on-screen, bird's eye view of any traffic incidents or general traffic jams for any given journey.

The product has the backing of mobile operators and handset manufacturers who are keen to increase customer take up of the latest mobile phone technology.

"We are proud and excited to offer our solutions on the leading Symbian OS and Microsoft platforms and look forward to continuing this collaboration into the future," continued Goddijn.

TomTom MOBILE will be on sale in late summer in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the Nordics.

Wyless plc, the Data Network Operator, has announced that it will partner with Sequoia Technology Ltd., a leading UK supplier of Wireless Technology, who will offer Wyless services as part of its portfolio.

As a wireless technology distributor, Sequoia Technology will complement its existing supply of wireless modules and modems with the unique services and capabilities of the Wyless data network. By providing capabilities such as fixed IP addressing, peer to peer connectivity and connection management the Wyless network enhances the development and usage of mobile applications based on GPRS. By combining this capability with their experience and product portfolio Sequoia is able to provide clients with complete mobile solutions.
 
Nick Lidington, Managing Director of Sequoia Technology, explained the advantages of the cooperation as follows: "By offering the advanced services provided by the Wyless Network, we are able to make it easier for our customers to develop, deploy and manage mobile solutions. Furthermore, by simplifying and expanding our own capability we make it possible for integrators and developers to bring more compelling mobile solutions to their customers in a faster and easier manner".
 
One of the many unique features of the Wyless dedicated GPRS network, is the ability to assign a fixed IP address to each SIM, which is the same no matter how many times it reconnects to the network.
 
The IP address can be public or private and is accessible via the Wyless data centre. WyLess also provides Peer to Peer connectivity (True M2M), server to device, device to server connectivity and optional encryption and acceleration of transmissions.
 
Wyless CEO, Karl Ahmed said, "The addition of Sequoia Technology Limited as a partner is another important step in delivering our network management capability to the integrators and developers whose customers can benefit from its enhancements.  Sequoia’s experience in the development of mobile solutions with their clients allow them to take full advantage of the Wyless capability.  I’m looking forward to a very successful partnership."

In the latest white paper from Northstream, one of the world's leading independent mobile analysts, Push-to-talk solutions for circuit switched networks are compared to solutions for packet switched networks. The estimation shows that PoC (Push-to-talk over Cellular) over GPRS is at least five times more efficient than Push-to-talk solutions over circuit switched networks from a radio resource consumption point of view. Furthermore, EGPRS shows to be 14 times more efficient.

When this is translated into cost for a sample case, dimensioned according to prevalent rules, a circuit switched solution proves to be over six times more expensive than PoC over GPRS.

PoC is a Push-to-talk solution for packet switched networks specified by OMA (Open Mobile Alliance). Even though there is support for a standardised solution, proprietary pre-standards solutions (both circuit switched and packet switched) are not ruled out by the operators at this point in time.

Both circuit switched Push-to-talk and PoC based solutions offer acceptable speech quality. A circuit switched Push-to-talk solution has the same speech quality as provided by GSM systems. PoC solutions offer somewhat lower quality in the common case, using the AMR half rate coding, but does on the other hand offer the possibility to trade resource consumption for quality.

PoC provides a faster session set-up and is from this aspect a better alternative than a circuit switched solution.

Northstream sees clear advantages with Push-to-talk solutions based on the evolving OMA specifications since these will enable:
• Interoperability between terminals and networks
• Interoperability between operators
• Native PoC client support in terminals
• Synergies in terminals and networks with other future IMS based services
• The possibility to use performance boosters such as SIGCOMP for SIP signaling and Header Compression mechanisms for RTP frames carrying speech samples

There are many attractive aspects of push-to-talk, and if positioned and priced correctly it is likely to create traffic and revenue growth. Also addressed in the report is the scepticism regarding the feasibility of providing Push-to-talk over the European GPRS networks. Northstream has studied whether the network infrastructure provided by GSM/GPRS radio technology, can meet the requirements generated by Push-to-talk services and has concluded that these can meet the Push-to-talk requirements if tuned correctly.

"We believe Push-to-talk from a business perspective has a great potential, and our studies show that it is feasible to implement it over GPRS and as packet radio networks evolve the service will improve even further from an end-user point of view," says Bo Åström, Technical advisor at Northstream. He concludes that "a standardised solution is essential to make Push-to-talk a mass market service".

To obtain a free copy of the report, visit www.northstream.se

Mobile Tornado and Jabber, Inc. has announced that they are jointly developing a mobile messaging product that combines voice, text, and availability information in a single interface. Compatible with a very wide range of handsets, the combined product will incorporate Mobile Tornado's Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) solution with Jabber's Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) for commercial IM applications.

"Integration of IM with PTT improves the users experience and puts choice back into the customers hands," said Maria Archer (CMO, Mobile Tornado). "The main advantage is that the joint presence on IM and PTT is that it starts to realise Mobile Tornado's vision of integrated instant communications that delivers revenue to operators and choice to the customer. 

"Our strength is in interoperability and extensibility, attributes that allow us to build best-of-breed solutions with companies like Mobile Tornado," said Mark Troyer, European Technical Director at Jabber, Inc. "We operate an open architecture that allows us to serve the greatest number of mobile and fixed platforms with the greatest array of high value presence and IM applications."

The combined product will allow customers to view their address book with a variety of contact presence information such as connection status, handset information, handset state, software capabilities, mood, and location. Presence information in the customer' s address book can come from a variety of network sources including XMPP-based servers, consumer IM services such as Microsoft Messenger and ICQ, and any SIP-based presence service.

Jabber, Inc.'s Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) is the most widely deployed instant messaging and presence platform based upon XMPP, the only IETF-approved Internet standard for presence and instant messaging.  A native XML streaming protocol, XMPP is often used as a real-time transport layer between a disparate instant messaging systems.

"The wireless industry recognises that interoperability is key to the success of new services. Working alongside companies such as Jabber is part of our strategy to provide our customers with compelling solutions," added Maria Archer.

UK text messaging figures continued to climb in May 2004 to 2.19 billion, according to figures released by the Mobile Data Association (MDA). Person-to-person texts sent across the UK GSM network operators last month show an increase of over 28% on the total sent during the same period in 2003, and a daily average of 72 million compared to 56 million in May 2003.

The release of May’s figures co-incide with the beginning of a series of drop in text messaging workshops and special promotion days being held jointly by the Mobile Data Association (MDA) and Shearings Holidays at Wyevale Garden Centres throughout the UK for the 50+ age group.

Throughout June and July experts will be on-hand to provide customers with general information about how to text and receive messages, as well as offering guidance on using handsets at home and abroad. Customers can pick up top texting tips, learn how to use predictive text and get a taste of the latest text shorthand.

The programme of workshops has been developed by the MDA as part of its ongoing education initiative for older consumers and follows its recent launch of a texting facility for SAGA 105.7fm, the independent radio station targeting the 50+ age group based in the Midlands. For further details on where to find your nearest texting workshop please visit http://www.text.it/mediacentre/default.asp?intPageID=146 and view news release dated 14th June ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Over the last five years text.it (www.text.it) has witnessed text messaging grow from a popular craze to becoming an essential communication tool. The full statistics of this text message explosion and monthly figure releases can be found at: www.text.it/mediacentre/default.asp?intPageID=96.

Text.it also carries out text message counts on specific days throughout the year. Diary dates incorporating the most recent figures are listed on the web site at www.text.it/mediacentre/default.asp?intPageID=478.

"With subscriber numbers having passed the 1.5 billion mark in the first week of June 2004, EMC forecasts that global net additions of more than 240 million in both 2004 and 2005 will set the mobile industry up to break through the 2 billion subscriber mark as soon as July 2006," comments Kester Mann, Senior Research Analyst at EMC, sourcing EMC’s latest Insight: Understanding Subscriber Growth in Key Global Markets.

Driven by strong growth in emerging markets, EMC forecasts that the 2 billion milestone will be surpassed ahead of recent industry predictions. EMC expects 2.45 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2009.

Despite long since reaching saturation point in Western Europe, the mobile industry is still poised for sustained growth thanks to the enormous potential of emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. By 2009 there are forecast to be almost 550 million subscribers in China alone, more than twice as many as in the second largest market, the USA. India, currently the worlds 13th largest market, is forecast to quadruple in size to take third place with 117 million subscribers. Boosted by the TDMA to GSM migration, Brazil is on track to hit 100 million subscribers in late 2008, up from just over 50 million currently.

"With a global penetration rate of just 23%, there are still almost five billion potential new mobile users worldwide and this represents a tremendous opportunity for the industry," commented Mann. Continued subscriber growth can be achieved by further widening the addressable market for mobile services to include segments of the population that have previously been unable to afford a mobile phone service or have lived outside areas of mobile phone coverage, or both.

Largest five markets: Dec 2003 (source: EMC)

Country/Subscribers (millions)
China/257.5
USA/157.3
Japan/79.8
Germany/62.3
Italy/55.5


Largest five markets: forecast Dec 2009 (source: EMC)

Country/Subscribers (millions)
China/547.3
USA/223.9
India/116.6
Brazil/106.1
Japan/103.2

Deploys SMS Gateway from Redknee

Redknee, the leading global provider of communication software to wireless telecommunication network operators, today announced the commercial deployment of its Synaxis 2100 Universal Messaging Gateway (UMG) solution for the O2 group in Germany. The successfully deployed Redknee solution has been live since March 2004.

Redknee’s Synaxis UMG is a modular solution that allows O2 to simplify and expand the distribution of interactive SMS services, such as TV voting and gaming to all connected GSM subscribers globally, increasing SMS traffic and revenue generation opportunities. The Redknee solution provides a powerful, configurable, and flexible service evolution path that leverages existing infrastructure and distribution services.

“O2 Germany is now able to take advantage of a robust and scalable architecture which will enhance their services and increase their profitability because of Redknee’s Universal Messaging Gateway solution,” said Lucas Skoczkowski, Redknee’s co-CEO. “This will enable O2 Germany to offer valuable cross-network services and increase their target market in messaging.”

“The Redknee Synaxis UMG solution provides a “single point of contact for sending and receiving international short messages,” said Georg Weidinger, O2 Germany - Product Manager SMS/MMS Wholesale. “Redknee’s solution now allows O2 Germany to sell interconnection from foreign subscribers to O2 Germany service providers which will enhance customer loyalty.”

The Synaxis UMG solution provides a value added platform for subscriber usage that allows access to network applications to foreign network subscriber, simplifies application delivery, and increases revenue potential.

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Order volume of 20 million euros

The Serbian operator 063 Mobtel Srbija (Mobtel) has selected the mobile communication group at Siemens AG, Siemens mobile, as supplier for the expansion of its GSM network. The framework contract encompasses the delivery and installation of GSM radio technology and microwave radio relay. In two phases, Siemens mobile will deliver and install base stations, switching systems, and microwave technology to connect the base stations with each other. The project should be completed by the end of this year. The order is worth 20 million euros.

Mobtel was founded in April 1994 and started operating its GSM network in October 1996. The company’s network covers 90 percent of Serbia’s territory and 95 percent of the population. The mobile operator currently has about two million subscribers. To meet the rising needs of its customers for new applications, Mobtel integrated GPRS technology in its network last year. By the end of 2004 the operator wants to take the next step and introduce EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution). This will permit higher data rates than GPRS and hence allow multimedia data services, such as videostreaming.

"The Serbian mobile market offers great growth potential", said Patrick Harpur, CEO of Mobtel. "We are relying on Siemens mobile as a dependable partner to expand our existing network and help us to introduce EDGE."

"We are pleased to have now acquired Serbia’s second mobile operator as a customer", said Christoph Caselitz, head of the Networks Division at Siemens mobile. "This first order from Mobtel will lay the ideal foundation for additional joint activities in Serbia."

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Telia is launching two new mobile subscriptions today for private customers: Telia Mobile 50 and Telia Mobile 100. Just like their predecessor, Telia Mobile 25, these subscriptions include free calling minutes. 50 and 100 free call minutes a month are now on offer to 10 million Telia customers.

Telia Mobile 25, which was launched in January 2004, has very quickly Telia's most popular mobile subscription. Its successors, Telia Mobile 50 and Telia Mobile 100 are based on exactly the same principles. For fixed monthly fees of SEK 90 and SEK 170, customers can make 50 and 100 free minutes worth of calls a month to Telia's fixed and mobile network. The fixed monthly fee for Telia Mobile 25 is SEK 50 and provides 25 free minutes of calls.

"With our new subscriptions, we are creating simple services to meet our customers' needs," said Marie Ehrling, MD of TeliaSonera Sweden. "Telia Mobile 25 has been a success, and we will be continuing in this vein. The new subscriptions are chiefly aimed at our medium and major callers, and with this launch we have an attractive and complete offering to our private customers."

The free calling minutes apply round the clock, for calls to over ten million numbers, in other words' Telia's fixed and mobile network in Sweden. The free call minutes apply to the current month and cannot be accumulated. In conjunction with the launch, sales of the Telia Classic Flat and Telia Classic Talk 5 mobile subscriptions are being discontinued. 

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