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Software transforms basic handsets into smarter phones

Carrier solution launched worldwide will allow access to emails and IM without net connection

Hong-Kong based software firm ForgetMeNot is launching its unified messaging solution for telecommunications operators worldwide, with a special focus on the Middle East and Asia Pacific region.

Using the company’s Message Optimiser software, carriers can provide unified messaging services that include email, instant messaging (IM) and short messaging services (SMS) to its customers without the need for expensive smartphones, a computer or even an internet connection.

“The Middle East comprises of a wide disparity of incomes between the wealthy and non wealthy. For the rapidly increasing millions of mobile phone users with affordable but unsophisticated, basic model phones there is an inherent need to find new low cost ways to communicate,” commented Paul Roberts, co-founder of ForgetMeNot Software.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, ForgetMeNot has branch offices in the United States, United Kingdom and UAE at the Dubai Airport Free Zone.

Message Optimiser was recently implemented in Africa with the aim of opening up a range of services such as mobile banking to a larger audience but at a more cost-effective price.

“We wish to capitalise on the ubiquity of the mobile phone – both ‘smart’ and ‘low-end’ - and its capacity to enhance and empower both individuals and institutions,” Roberts explains of the solution that will see even the most basic mobile phone available today transform into a ‘smarter’ device capable of two-way email and instant messaging.

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