Orange Communications SA

Orange SA and Microsoft offer MSN messaging services to over 40 million Orange customers

MSN Messenger and Hotmail on mobile phones

    Lausanne (ots) -

    - Access to mobile MSN messaging and Hotmail services via SMS for
        over 40 million Orange customers

    - Available on a wide range of phones and operating systems - no
        need to buy a new phone

    - Orange becomes the first mobile operator to offer MSN services
        Europe-wide.

    Orange SA, one of the world's largest mobile operators, and MSN, one of the leading internet service providers worldwide, have announced a new range of mobile instant messaging and e-mail services to complement the messaging services already available to Orange customers across Europe.

    Over 40 million Orange customers will be able to use MSN Hotmail and messaging on their mobile phone. Orange customers in Switzerland can sign up for the mobile MSN Hotmail and messaging service at www.msn.ch/mobile/. The new services are also being launched immediately in the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark. They will be available to Orange customers in Belgium and France towards the end of this year.

    Using the mobile MSN Messenger services, Orange customers can hold instant messaging conversations with friends and acquaintances on their mobile phone in real time by SMS. They can also check to see which of their friends ("buddies") are online. In addition, PC users can see at a glance which of their MSN Messenger buddies can be reached by mobile phone.

    The co-operation agreement between Orange and MSN - the first MSN has signed with a mobile operator on a Europe-wide basis - will enable customers to receive SMS notifications when a new e-mail arrives in their MSN Hotmail inbox. Customers can also forward or reply to e-mail messages by SMS. Both services are available without any additional subscription.

    For each SMS message sent in Switzerland to MSN Hotmail and Messenger, Orange customers in Switzerland will pay 15 Rappen, or 25 Rappen without the Orange SMS option. A charge of 20 Rappen will be made for each SMS message received from the MSN Hotmail and Messenger services. The cost of receiving an SMS message from MSN Hotmail and Messenger outside Switzerland is also 20 Rappen. SMS messages sent to the MSN Hotmail and Messenger services from outside Switzerland will be charged at the applicable roaming rate.

ots Originaltext: Orange Communications SA
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
Therese Wenger
Media Relations
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Orange      +41/78/787'10'16
E-Mail:    therese.wenger@orange.ch
Internet: http://www.orange.ch

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