Vyke Communications (www.vyke.com) today announces the launch of FreeTxt, a texting application for Symbian Series60 third edition mobile phones that enables Vyke customers to send and receive free text messages to fellow Vyke users and considerably cheaper SMS than other VoIP suppliers, to non Vyke users. Customers can download the FreeTxt application from Vyke’s website which conveniently integrates with the phone’s existing messaging system, and start texting directly from their handset as they normally would.
The application is simple to download. Customers will receive an SMS with a link to the FreeTxt download page and all they have to do is click the link to install the application onto the phone’s messaging menu. Once the application is downloaded customers simply enter their mobile phone number and select an ‘internet access point’. As soon as Vyke has verified the customer’s mobile number is correct and that they have a Vyke account they are then able to start sending text messages.
How does it work?
The FreeTxt application intercepts outgoing text messages and sends them to Vyke’s server via the phone’s internet connection. If the recipient of a text is also a FreeText user and is online, the message will be delivered peer to peer for free. If the recipient is not a FreeTxt user or is offline, the text message will be delivered at Vyke’s discounted SMS rates (as long as the user has credit on their Vyke account). If the customer chooses to not enable the FreeTxt service on their phone to send an SMS, then the text will be sent via their normal mobile operator service.
Jan Berger, Chief Marketing Officer, Vyke Communications commented:
“We are delighted to offer the FreeTxt application to our customers. With text messaging being an integral part of today’s consumers’ lives, particularly with the younger generations, affordable messaging is essential. Unfortunately, mobile operators are taking advantage of SMS being a ‘must have’ believing that they can continuously keep on charging exorbitant rates as consumers will pay. Vyke believes in taking a stand by offering consumers a fairer deal and, for the first time, offering consumers a choice concerning which provider they want to use for their text messaging.
For further information contact:
Vyke Communications plc
Aaron Powers, Head of Business Development
+47 67 82 73 67
+44 (0)20 8971 6400
Louise Stewart Muir / Geraldine Cordeiro/Francesca Rich
Vyke Communications plc is the leading mobile Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") service provider and is headquartered in the UK with subsidiaries and offices in Norway, USA, Iceland and Malaysia. The strategic goal of Vyke is to combine its expertise in VoIP-based communication systems, mobile data service creation/handset technology and wholesale carrier network management to provide a converged communication solution. Vyke's current set of mobile-oriented products offers up to a 95% discount compared to current typical mobile operator pricing structures.
About VYKE MOBILE VOIP
Vyke Mobile VoIP is the leading mobile-oriented Voice over IP (VoIP) service offering users up to 95% discount compared to typical mobile operator pricing structures. One of the first mass market mobile VoIP services, launched in April of 2006, Vyke Mobile VoIP features mobile-oriented sign-up steps, automatic configuration services and pricing.
About the VYKE product suite
The Vyke suite of communication products features advanced services providing users with low cost, mobile operator/fixed line provider independent ways of making voice calls and sending text messaging from the mobile phone, PC and internet. Over 2.13 million active paid customer accounts have been created within the Vyke product suite.