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OSKAR EXPANDS SMS BASED SERVICES

17. April 2001

As of today Oskar launches SMS E-mail and SMS CHAT. Both services are available for both prepaid and post paid customers. SMS E-mail is a service that converts a mobile phone into an e-mail terminal. It allows users to send text messages from their handsets to web-based e-mail addresses. At the same time, e-mail messages sent from the Internet can be received on mobile phones via SMS.

As of today Oskar launches SMS E-mail and SMS CHAT. Both services are available for both prepaid and post paid customers.

SMS E-mail is a service that converts a mobile phone into an e-mail terminal. It allows users to send text messages from their handsets to web-based e-mail addresses. At the same time, e-mail messages sent from the Internet can be received on mobile phones via SMS. Business clients use the SMS E-mail service primarily to receive and send e-mail messages of high importance while out of the office.

In order to send SMS to an e-mail account, each user needs to register their user name (minimum of 4, maximum 32 characters). User names can be registered via SMS containing “EMAILZAP user name” (for example, EMAILZAP petr) sent to 2255 number, exclusively reserved for SMS E-mail. As soon as the user receives an SMS notification of successful registration using of the SMS E-mail service can start right away. The mobile e-mail address will be: petr@mujoskar.cz.

Oskar’s E-mail has the capability of splitting any e-mail message received into two SMS containing up to 320 characters (2 x 160). This practical advantage gives the recipient more complete information about the message content. Oskar offers both Czech and English set of commands for the use of SMS E-mail. This makes the service easier to use for foreigners & Czechs alike.

SMS notifications of new incoming e-mail messages are for free at Oskar. Up till the end of April, Oskar’s customers may moreover test the SMS E-mail service for themselves at reduced prices.

Prices for SMS sent to an e-mail address

Price valid till April 30

Price effective May 1

CZK CZK incl. VAT CZK CZK incl. VAT
I Call a Little
I Call Often
I Call All the Time
1.00 1.05 2.00 2.10
Agreement with Oskar 0.50 0.53 2.00 2.10
Oskarta 2.00 2.10 3.00 3.15

I Hear You (peak/off-peak)

0.50 - 0.35 0.53 - 0.37 4.00 4.20

VAT rate is 5%

SMS CHAT is a service that allows users to communicate with other people on various interesting topics by sending SMS from any place in the Czech Republic. A contribution sent by a chat user is delivered to all other users automatically. Discussions are always held in the real time – as soon as a contribution is sent other users can view it.

In order to use SMS CHAT, each user needs to register a nickname and then enter a chat room, for example: “.CHAT PETR” and then ”.VSTUP ZABAVA” [ENTERTAINMENT]. After entering a chat room, each SMS you type and send to the special number 3366 will be automatically delivered to all other users present in the same chat room. Oskar reserved the number 3366 exclusively for its SMS CHAT service. All contributions and control commands should be sent to this number.

There are two ways of using Oskar‘s SMS CHAT – customers may either choose to use easy-to-remember commands, such as “.ENTER“, or easy-to-use one-character code abbreviations e.g. “>“. (After a code abbreviations and room name are entered and sent to 3366 the user can enter the selected chat room. I.e. “.ENTER ENTERTAINMENT” or “> ENTERTAINMENT”) Oskar’s CHAT offers the following themed chat rooms – ENTERTAINMENT, DATING SITE, POLITICS, SPORT AND TECHNOLOGY and private rooms. All users interested in CHATting may check at “MISTNOSTI” or through an abbreviated code “%” the current number of active rooms and participants. Oskar's mission has always been to offer users-friendly and enjoyable services. Our test showed that up to 20 participants in one CHAT room creates a manageable environment for all active participants in an on-line discussion.

If an active participant does not send an SMS for more than 15 minutes the system deactivates him. This is to secure constant flow of active participants. Any participants may also deactivate from CHAT room by entering “.VYSTUP”. Oskar will evolve the number of SMS CHAT rooms and the topics of the themed rooms as well as the number of participants according to customers needs and interests.

All messages received from Oskar’s SMS CHAT are free of charge. Customer will be charged only for outbound SMS. This makes SMS CHAT a fair service as customers pay only for what they can control. During the initial phase, up till the end of April, Oskar’s customers may moreover try the SMS E-mail service for themselves at reduced prices.

Prices for SMS sent to CHAT

Price valid till April 30

Price effective May 1

CZK CZK incl. VAT CZK CZK incl. VAT
I Call a Little
I Call Often
I Call All the Time
1.00 1.05 2.50 2.63
Agreement with Oskar 0.50 0.53 2.50 2.63
Oskarta 2.00 2.10 3.50 3.68

I Hear You (peak/off-peak)

0.50 - 0.35 0.53 - 0.37 5.00 5.25

VAT rate is 5%

Both SMS services can be used with any handset type. Customers do not need to ask for activation as SMS E-mail and SMS CHAT are based on the principles for sending SMS.