03 August 2004
The M65, the first Vodafone live! phone from Siemens, is a mix of multi-media and outdoor handset. Its combination of metal and rubber offers protection against dust, water splashes and shocks. The 640x480-pixel VGA camera has a 5x zoom, and the handset offers infrared data transmission. It also has a "Bike-o-Meter", which serves simultaneously as a headset connection, bicycle speedometer and tour planner. The M65 is now available exclusively from Swisscom Mobile at a price of CHF 99 in combination with a NATEL® swiss subscription, or CHF 549 without a subscription.
Swisscom provides a two-year guarantee on the Siemens M65, as on all other Vodafone live! phones. Around 250,000 customers are now using Vodafone live! mobiles. More and more services are coming on stream all the time. The SBB Swiss railway timetable can now be accessed directly under "Top & Neu". Mobile phone users can also put together their own personal timetables.
With immediate effect, Swisscom Mobile is transferring the operation of all its e-mail customers' e-mail accounts (mobile firstname.lastname@example.org) to Bluewin, Switzerland's biggest e-mail provider. In terms of access and handling, nothing will change for customers who retrieve their e-mails by mobile phone. The charge for sending an e-mail from a mobile will now be CHF 0.10. Internet access to e-mail accounts is now via http://www.bluemail.ch. Customers can still use their current e-mail addresses and passwords after the switch to Bluewin. Data saved in e-mail address books is being transferred automatically to the new Bluewin address book. Users can now change their e-mail addresses, a feature not previously available. The service has also been enhanced through the addition of a mobile address book. Customers can still receive notification of incoming e-mails via free SMS, and from mid-August onwards they will also have the opportunity to be notified of incoming e-mails via an SMS containing the sender's details and the subject line of the e-mail. This will be a subscription service, and will cost CHF 0.10 per SMS.
Customers with Swisscom Mobile e-mail accounts have already been notified of the changes by e-mail, and have had the opportunity to say no to the move. The e-mail accounts of customers who do not wish to switch to Bluewin will be deleted. The migration of the e-mail addresses will be complete by the beginning of September.
Berne, 3 August 2004