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OSKAR OFFERS A NEW SIM Plus CARD WITH M-BANK SERVICE

09. September 2002

Oskar’s M-Bank can administer up to ten different bank accounts on a single SIM card The banks can activate new services via SMS with much more variability than older GSM banking systems in the Czech Republic Oskar is introducing the new SIM plus card, which is the market leader in terms for capacity and performance Effective September 9th, Oskar offers a new SIM Plus card equipped with M-Bank and many other services. With M-Bank the customers get mobile access to their account – by means of a system so advanced, it is able to serve up to 10 different banks on one card. Furthermore, it also can activate new functions via a special SMS sent by the bank so that there is no necessity to visit bank branches repeatedly. “Oskar offers the most banking and payment options on the new generation SIM Plus card. New quality services turn the handset into truly multifunctional mobile device helping to save time and money,” said Mario Mele, Oskar’s Vice President of Business Planning and Service Development.

  • Oskar’s M-Bank can administer up to ten different bank accounts on a single SIM card
  • The banks can activate new services via SMS with much more variability than older GSM banking systems in the Czech Republic
  • Oskar is introducing the new SIM plus card, which is the market leader in terms for capacity and performance

    Effective September 9th, Oskar offers a new SIM Plus card equipped with M-Bank and many other services. With M-Bank the customers get mobile access to their account – by means of a system so advanced, it is able to serve up to 10 different banks on one card. Furthermore, it also can activate new functions via a special SMS sent by the bank so that there is no necessity to visit bank branches repeatedly.

    “Oskar offers the most banking and payment options on the new generation SIM Plus card. New quality services turn the handset into truly multifunctional mobile device helping to save time and money,” said Mario Mele, Oskar’s Vice President of Business Planning and Service Development. “Oskar brings just another confirmation of its strategy aimed to make customers everyday a bit easier,” adds Mele.

    GE Capital Bank, a.s., and eBanka, a.s., are the first banks to support Oskar’s M-Bank service. Customers of these banks can check their account balance and history, place orders of payment, establish term deposits and use many other services. The number of partner banks will grow.

    Oskar’s M-Bank service uses all existing technologies to ensure maximum security. Communication between the customer and the bank is encrypted and all transactions, including incoming messages, are protected by private MPIN code. To support this service, Oskar is introducing the new SIM plus card, which is the market leader in terms for capacity and performance. The card has the largest storage capacity on the market (64Kb) and supports advanced SIM Toolkit, navigation and encryption technologies.

    M-Bank is not the only service supported by the new SIM Plus card. In fact the card incorporates a brand new Oskar menu containing three main entries - M-Bank, M- Payments and Info & Entertainment. M-Payments service is based on the previously introduced Mobile Payments service and allows customers to replenish their Oskarta comfortably and quickly or make a payment for Oskar services. Info & Entertainment represents a suite of five SIM Toolkit-based services. Using them enables customers to obtain up-to-date news, sport news, timetables, cinema programmes and much more practical information via SMS.

    Existing as well as new customers can obtain SIM Plus card with M-Bank via Internet Selfcare at www.oskarmobil.cz, at the *077 line or in Oskar’s stores. New customers can also order through OskarKontakt by dialing toll-free (0)800 77 77 77. The fee for SIM Plus activation is CZK 300 and there is no need for existing customers to change their number.

    “Oskar's M-Bank enables its users to enjoy all possible comfort of direct banking services. In addition to the most frequent transactions there is also an Electronic key implemented at eBanka, which opens a secure way to personal as well as to corporate finance administration via internet,” said Pavel Hrubý, eBanka’s Marketing and Business Development Director.

    “Being the GSM banking leader in the Czech market, GE Capital Bank can’t miss out the launch of GSM banking in Oskar network. Clients of GE Capital as well as of Oskar will welcome this moment. “The merit – as to comfort, time saving, and simplicity – which we offer to our customers thanks to the service, is really great,” said Monika Königová, GE Capital Bank’s Product Manager.

    Cesky Mobil became the first dual-band (GSM 900/1800) network operator in the Czech Republic after being granted its license in October 1999. It launched commercial operation of its leading edge GSM network on March 1, 2000 under the brand name Oskar. By June 2002 Oskar acquired over 1,070,000 subscribers becoming one of the fastest growing third license operators in Europe! At present, Oskar is the only operator in the Czech Republic to constantly increase its market share.

    Through the ClearWave holding, Český Mobil a.s. is a member of the telecommunications group of Canadian-based Telesystem International Wireless (TIW).