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Press release

WLAN usage billed conveniently by credit card at around 500 Hotspots

20 April 2004

Swisscom Mobile is continuously expanding its network of WLAN Hotspots in Switzerland. Mobile broadband Internet and intranet access is now available at around 500 locations such as hotels, congress centres and airports and can be paid for conveniently by credit card.

As before, Swisscom Mobile NATEL® subscribers can pay for usage of Public Wireless LAN conveniently via their mobile bill. The credit card payment option serves to complement the Value Card option available at the Hotspots. This provides customers without a Swisscom Mobile subscription with two easy ways to access the wireless broadband network. When registering by credit card, the user selects the required online time and enters his or her credit card number. The charges for payment by credit card are the same as for payment by Value Card and range from CHF 9 for 30 minutes to CHF 198 for seven days. Payment by credit card is only possible at Swisscom Mobile Hotspots in Switzerland.

Swisscom Mobile now offers a WLAN network of around 500 Top Locations in Switzerland. Hotspots include hotels, the Basle Exhibition Centre, Geneva and Zurich airports as well as various business and conference centres. Users in Switzerland can find their nearest Hotspot by free SMS by simply sending the keyword WLAN to number 858. This SMS service is only available to customers with a Swisscom Mobile NATEL® subscription.

Swisscom Mobile committed itself to WLAN from an early stage and has consistently been developing the appropriate technology. By the end of 2004 over 800 locations will be activated in Switzerland alone. These are supplemented by international Public Wireless LAN locations provided by partners Swisscom Eurospot and Telia HomeRun and currently available in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Other countries and roaming partners are constantly being added.

Bern, 20 April 2004


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern