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Press release

Millions of mobile customers can now pay conveniently for Swisscom Eurospot services using their mobile phone

18 November 2003

Millions of debitel mobile phone subscribers can now use their handset to pay for Internet access at Swisscom Eurospot Hotspots in Germany. Swisscom Eurospot is the leading provider of broadband Internet access for business travellers in Europe.

Business travellers in particular appreciate the broadband Internet access provided by Swisscom Eurospot, which allows them to send and receive e-mails, surf the Internet and call up data quickly and wirelessly on their Notebooks at hotels, airports and congress centres. As the leading provider, Swisscom Eurospot already offers this service at over 250 locations (known as Hotspots) in Germany, and new ones are being added every day. The active Hotspots include renowned hotel chains such as Hilton, Kempinski, Holiday Inn, Lindner, Steigenberger, Mövenpick and Althoff as well as a number of airports.

As has already been the case with O2 subscribers for a short time, debitel subscribers in Germany can now also pay for Internet access at German Hotspots operated by Swisscom Eurospot easily and conveniently via their monthly mobile bill: After entering his or her mobile number, the customer receives a code by SMS with which he or she can access the Internet.

Frédéric Gastaldo, CEO of Swisscom Eurospot Ltd, is convinced of the benefits of the debitel partnership for customers: "Invoicing via the mobile bill offers the customer a high level of convenience."

Peter Wagner, CEO of debitel AG, agrees: "Alongside the largest Hotspot network in Germany, our customers will in future also benefit from simple invoicing via their monthly mobile bill.

Geneva, 18 November 2003 

About Swisscom Eurospot

Headquartered in Geneva, Swisscom Eurospot Ltd is a leading provider of broadband Internet access for business travellers in Europe. The company also installs and operates local WLAN networks (Wireless Local Area Networks) at locations frequented by business travellers. The Swisscom Eurospot network already comprises over 1'300 locations throughout Europe. In Germany alone this includes over 400 hotels ranging from leading chains such as Hilton, nH Hoteles, Holiday Inn, Mövenpick, Lindner, Kempinski, Steigenberger and Sol Melia Tryp to smaller private hotels such as Louis C. Jacob, Parkhotel Bremen and Allgäu Sonne, as well as airports such as Berlin-Tegel and Munich. Guests at these locations benefit from an optimal working environment when travelling thanks to WLAN-based high-speed Internet access. WLAN is many times faster and more cost-effective than conventional methods of mobile data transmission. Business customers, conference organisers and other frequent travellers receive WLAN access to all connected locations by means of a single access code from Swisscom Eurospot.

Swisscom Eurospot is a subsidiary of Swisscom and is headquartered in Geneva, with branch offices in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy. Swisscom posted revenues of CHF 14.5 billion in 2002 and has some 20'000 employees.



About debitel


Headquartered in Stuttgart, debitel AG is one of the largest telecom companies in Europe and currently has over 10.3 million mobile, fixed-line and Internet customers. The company, which posted revenues of some 2.8 billion euros in 2002, employs around 3'300 staff in Europe, of which some 1'900 are in Germany. debitel AG has been a listed company since the end of March 1999 and is headed by Chairman of the Board of Management Peter Wagner. The phone company is one of the leading providers of mobile, fixed-line and Internet convergence products and is active in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Slovenia. debitel holds a 100% stake in MIDRAY, the full service provider of mobile information and communications solutions for business customers, and also holds stakes in the Jamba! mobile Internet portal and Dangaard Telecom A/S, one of Europe's largest buyers and distributors of mobile devices and associated logistics services. The company is present at over 7'000 points of sale in Europe as well as the following outlets in Germany: debitel center, debitel mobile center, Media Markt, Saturn, Flachsmann, Daimler-Chrysler branches, authorised garages and showrooms, smart Center, Ringfoto, PHOTO PORST, CHRIS KEIM.COM, debitel plus C, debitel technical service center, Selectric, METRO, Kaufhof, real, Extra, EP:ElectronicPartner, MediMax, comTeam, SP:ServicePartner, profi electronic, select, all debitel premium contract partners, RUEFACH Masters, BOSCH Services, BMW, selected sales partners of the BMW Group and all other debitel sales partners.


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
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