fastmobile Launches PTT Service For U.S.
May 12, 2003, 12:58 PM by (staff)
fastmobile today officially launched their fastchat™ instant communications service for the U.S. market. With fastchat, users can push-to-talk, send and receive instant text messages, picture messages, SMS, PC-based IM and email globally. The service works with supported handsets, (currently the Nokia 3650 and Sony Ericsson P800,) regardless of carrier or country. BREW and Java handsets on CDMA networks will be supported later this year. The fastchat application can be downloaded from Handango or the fastmobile web site, and service subscription costs $9.95/month.
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