i-mate launches 050 number app

Dubai-based Windows Mobile device specialist i-mate has launched a 050 number transfer program to help its UAE customers update PDA and smartphone address books in advance of this month's December 15 changeover deadline.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  December 10, 2006

Dubai-based Windows Mobile device specialist i-mate has launched a 050 number transfer program to help its UAE customers update PDA and smartphone address books in advance of this month's December 15 changeover deadline. Following the recent statement by the United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), informing all UAE SIM-card holders that as of December 15 all mobile numbers dialed must contain the prefix 050, i-mate is making its freely downloadable application available for customers at Club i-mate. Once installed, the application will allow users to update the contacts found on any SIM cards, even those usually used with non i-mate devices. "In our constant effort to put customers' requirements at the heart of product development we are pleased to offer an application that will assist our customers, free of charge, with the transition of all mobile numbers to the new 050 format, due to come into effect on 15th of December,” said the firm’s global marketing director, Robin Bowler. The application lets users place ‘+97150’ in front of those SIM and device contacts that do not already start with '0' or '+' by displaying these in a list of SIM and device contacts. A user then selects the contacts to be updated by clicking Yes or No by each, or simply by pressing 'Yes' in the 'Show SIM Contacts' or 'Show Device Contacts' menu. This i-mate app launch follows the roll-out of a similar service by Lebanon-based mobile services specialist MobiKick SARL. Earlier this month MobiKick unveiled 'MobiSwap', a service designed to help UAE users change their mobile phone contacts before December’s 050 deadline. MobiSwap supports the following phone models: Windows Mobile for Pocket PC (such as i-mate's PDA2K and Jam handhelds), Windows Mobile for Smartphone devices, Nokia's Series 60 handsets (Nokia 6600, 6680, N70, N90 etc.) and Series 80 (Nokia Communicator) phones, plus UIQ devices such as Sony Ericsson's P800 and P900 models.

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