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June 11, 2002
HELSINKI -- Customers can send multimedia messages on Sonera’s mobile network starting from June 11, 2002. Sonera’s mobile customers can send and receive messages containing text, images, graphics, drawings and voice. To be able to send and receive multimedia messages, the user needs a phone supporting multimedia messaging. In addition, the subscription must be provided with GPRS facility or a GPRS package. The customer can get the multimedia settings required for the use of the service by sending the text message MMS to the number 15400. The multimedia messaging service is activated automatically when the user sends the first message. The service can also be activated through the WAP menu. Initially, the price of a multimedia message is € 0.59, which includes the GPRS data transmission. The price is valid until further notice. The connection of the service is free of charge. Multimedia messages can also be sent and received abroad in the networks of operators with which Sonera has a GPRS roaming agreement (10 countries at present). ”We believe that multimedia messaging will be the next marked trend in the sector. Combining voice, text and image brings new dimensions to interpersonal communications. Multimedia messaging may experience a similar boom as text messaging during the last decade: when customers notice its advantages, the number of users grows and thereby also the number of content services”, says Vice President Janne Vainio of Sonera.Sonera Corp.
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