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Issue #2003 - 05 (February 2003)
(Updated Feb. 13, 2003)


FastMobile Completes Trans-Atlantic 'walkie talkie' Call

January 2003 --  FastMobile, a provider of the FastTxt mobile instant messaging system, announced recently that it has successfully completed a London - Chicago 'walkie talkie' call using standard mobile handsets. The company used Nokia 3650 and 7650 devices equipped with FastMobile software and communicating with its own server placed a call from T-Mobile US to Orange and Vodafone in the UK. 

Most of the existing 2-way radio systems, such as Nextel's Direct Connect in USA and Telus's Mike in Canada, are network-specific features, use proprietary handsets and can not be used across networks. FastMobile claims the demonstration shows its technology can be used to provide 'push-to-talk' capabilities using standard GPRS networks and equipment. The client application was Java-based and currently works on Symbian OS and other Java handsets. 

FastMobile plans to integrate the service with its FastTxt application, enabling users to track when their contacts are available and send them messages by text and voice. 

FastMobile develops, hosts and distributes innovative instant communication services that optimize one-to-one or group interactions between mobile users.

fastxt™, is an enhanced mobile instant messaging application that incorporates all the features of standard instant messaging (IM) (presence notification, message dialog screen, 1-to-1 messaging) and adds several key enhancements. Additionally, fastxt is interoperable with MSN Messenger; users can see the presence of their friends in their contact list and can exchange messages with them. 

With fastxt™, we bring the power of instant messaging to your mobile. Soon to be followed up by a range of innovative products in the areas of email, picture messaging, voice chat and games. We aim to put your world in the palm of your hand.

Source: PMN news, Symbian and FastMobile websites

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This is a very desirable implementation of 2-way radio on ordinary handsets and has the potential of accelerating merging of wireless data and 2-way radio. While network operators have their own unique ideas of this convergence, we feel that FastMobile is an attractive open implementation. It may not become the standard because network carriers are heavy-weights in this game. Nonetheless, there are a number of applications, where public sector agencies, especially municipalities, can benefit from such implementations. Well done, FastMobile. 

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