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Sybase 365 grows

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Sybase 365 grows

Sybase 365 continues to grow its person-to-person messaging business by signing group agreements with the largest mobile operators in the region, according to WebWire.

These include the 14 Celtel International operators in Africa, enabling their more than 25 million subscribers to send and receive SMS text messages from most countries around the world.

Group agreements have also recently been signed with major conglomerates based in Africa, and with other new customers, including Globacom Nigeria, Mattel Mauritania, Telma Madagascar and Rwandatel Rwanda.

Ogo goes to Taiwan

FarEasTone will launch IXI Mobile`s Ogo in the Taiwanese market. With over 6 million subscribers, FarEasTone is one of the top three carriers in Taiwan and focuses mainly on the youth and young adult segment, states CNN Money.

"Far EasTone is dedicated to the convergence of mobile communications and the Internet," said Jan Nillson, president of the company.

"Young people in Taiwan are passionate users of Windows Live Messenger. We saw an opportunity to provide them [with] the ability to take their buddy list with them wherever they go as a mobile data service. We chose the Ogo for its strong appeal to this target group," he concluded.

Alt discloses SMS costs

Alt TV will disclose the cost of sending text messages and will accurately describe its prizes following an investigation by the Commerce Commission, says New Zealand Herald.

The commission said yesterday that the Auckland-based niche broadcaster had failed to inform viewers that the cost of sending a text message to vote in polls, enter competitions, request music videos, and interact with presenters cost 99c per message, which is higher than the cost of sending a normal text message.

It also ran a competition where viewers could text the word "winner" to enter a draw to win $10 000. However, the actual prize on offer was an Instant Kiwi ticket, costing $1, but with a potential prize of $10 000.

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