Posted on 9-Sep-2003 07:48.
Filed under: News
Fastmobile is a provider of voice and data instant messaging software for mobile phones. It announced fastchat's launch into the European mobile retail market through a commercial alliance with Wizcom Limited, which is part of the Caudwell Group, the United Kingdom's market leading mobile communications provider.
Beginning in October, fastchat will be available to consumers in the United Kingdom through Wizcom's retail stores, Phones4U. The service will initially be sold on Symbian OS compatible phones, with plans to dramatically increase the number of handsets in time for the Christmas sales boom.
fastchat combines a unique private walkie-talkie style instant voice messaging feature with multimedia messaging capabilities (including picture, video, email and text) into one application that allows subscribers to chat with friends across mobile carriers, handset models and also to PCs globally.
The software is available for Symbian based mobile phones, including the Sony Ericsson P800 and the Nokia 3650.
"fastchat could easily generate as fundamental a change to our communication habits as email first did, and then SMS. Regardless of all the other mobile industry firsts, fastchat will certainly be one of the killer applications for this year and for the foreseeable future. Today's announcement is merely the first in a series of launches that secures our position as the leading provider of push-to-talk and other innovative mobile communications applications to both mobile operators and distributors worldwide."
Ian O'Reilly, Wizcom director of the mobile value added services arm of the Caudwell Group, adds, "The push-to-talk communications feature has been very successful in the United States. Our launch of fastchat will be one of the first applications to truly use the always-on capabilities of GPRS in the United Kingdom, and we believe that this application is exactly the type of service that will produce incremental revenues in the consumer market."
The service requires no special hardware to be added to either mobile handsets or the operators' networks and does not affect other network operator services. It will be sold as an application to existing phones and as a value added service to new purchasers.