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Dialogue wins Freeserve SMS Services contract

Sheffield: Dialogue today announced that it has won a contract from Freeserve to provide SMS services to its customers. The first to benefit from the new deal will be Freeserve members with WAP mobiles, who can now have their phone automatically configured over the air (OTA) to access the companys WAP content and services portal.

OTA configuration frees customers from having to follow complex set-up instructions and provides customers direct access to Freeserve each time they access the mobile Internet allowing faster and therefore cheaper connection to relevant content. Dialogues solution sends SMS data to authenticate the account and create the appropriate service setting on the phone. OTA provisioning is currently only available on the latest generations of Nokia and Ericsson WAP mobiles, but is set to become a standard option on most new WAP handsets.

Dialogues solution gives us a reliable and fast way of introducing new services, said Simon Cook, Freeserve director of access. We have built our reputation on innovation and by partnering with companies like Dialogue we will continue to lead this market which is constantly looking for the next killer application.

Dialogues revenue generating messaging solutions are based on Envelos the companys hosted mobile Internet messaging service. This platform gives Freeserve instant access to a robust and flexible engine, from which it can offer value-added services and develop a range of offerings such as adding messaging capability to a web site based on the SMS (Short Messaging Service) and WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) standards.

Freeserve is the leading Internet portal with an integrated offering of UK-focused content, e-commerce and services and free Internet access. Freeserve has approximately 2.1 million active registered accounts and 4 million unique users.

Freeserve is part of Wanadoo SA, a leading European online media and services company which has as its major shareholder France Telecom, one of the worlds leading telecommunications companies. Wanadoo SA has operations in France, Belgium, Denmark, Morocco, Spain and the Netherlands. Including Freeserve, Wanadoo SA has over 4 million active registered users of its access services and 9 million unique users of its portals.

Freeserve was launched in September 1998 as part of Dixons, Europes leading consumer electronics retailer. Dixons Group remains a shareholder in Wanadoo SA and Freeserve distributes its access software in the UK through Dixons network of over 1,000 Dixons, Currys, PC World and The Link stores.

Sheffield-based Dialogue Communications is a world leader in the development and implementation of mobile data and Internet messaging solutions. The companys technology bridges the gap between the fixed and mobile worlds delivering carrier class platforms and services to both service provider and enterprise customers around the globe. For further information about Dialogue Communications please see http://www.dialogue.co.uk.