At the end of November Mobitel commercially introduced an advanced fixed-mobile convergence service called m:stik. The service makes it possible for users to save significantly when using mobile services abroad. The market has already shown great interest, and larger quantities of the m:stik devices will be available shortly. The m:stik service is the successor to our m:komunikator service, introduced in the summer, which enables users to make video calls between computers and mobile phones in Mobitel’s UMTS network. m:stik brings the advantages of mobile telecommunications into the world of computing and Internet.
At the end of November Mobitel commercially introduced the new m:stik service, which combines mobile and Internet communications. The solution presents an accomplished concept of fixed-mobile convergence, focused at ensuring unified services and user identity on various devices in the mobile and internet world. m:stik makes it possible for users to equip their Internet-connected desktop or laptop computer in just a few seconds with the functions of the mobile phone and use it for making and accepting voice calls, use SMS and MMS messaging, as well as video telephony. They can accomplish all that with their own mobile phone number, the same one as on their mobile phone.
The service is available to Mobitel’s subscribers, and the market has already shown great demand. Shortly Mobitel’s sales network will have the m:stik devices in supply in larger quantities. The service is especially welcomed by users who frequently roam abroad, as it gives them significant savings. Calls made through m:stik abroad are charged by the same rates as in Mobitel’s home network, and received calls are free of charge. The m:stik service also enables users to use the short MPO numbers of business virtual private mobile networks, when making and receiving calls at home or abroad.
The price of the device is 59 EUR, and the monthly subscription fee is 7.49 EUR. The service activation charge is an additional fee of 4.99 EUR. Along with the m:stik device the user also receives a headset with a microphone, although the service can also be used with the speakers and microphone already installed in the computer. The return of investment for the m:stik can be very fast when using the service abroad, as the prices for regular mobile telephony are significantly higher than in the home network.
An open path for development
The m:stik solution was developed in cooperation with Mobitel by Iskratel from Kranj in cooperation with BridgePort Networks and Oberthur Card System.