AlJazeera offers news alerts, voice portal facilities to mobile users

DUBAI:, the e-news arm of Arab's 24-hour satellite channel AlJazeera, has tied up with Al Majaz Telecommunications to provide latest news alerts and developments to GSM subscribers in the UAE through the AlJazeera Mobile.

AlJazeera Mobile was launched at GITEX 2003, the annual exhibition held at the Dubai World Trade Center recently.




AlJazeera's marketing director Ali Kamal was quoted in a company release as saying, "Utilising latest speech recognition voice portal facilities the service promises to provide subscribers with breaking news and political, business and sports updates, as well as analysis," Kamal said, "We are happy to enter into this strategic partnership with Al Majaz and Etisalat."

The UAE is a major market for the AlJazeera Mobile which charges a nominal fee for the latest and most comprehensive news coverage.

The news alert service will be available for a monthly fee of AEDs 15 through Etisalat. In addition to the monthly subscription services, GSM subscribers can also 'pull' the latest headlines at a minimal fee of only AEDs 2 per alert, the release specified.

Subscribers can also have news read to them from the website via a voice portal service for the same monthly subscription, though the process will differ from post to pre-paid customers.

After Qatar and the UAE, AlJazeera plans to extend the service to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with a plan to cover mobile service networks worldwide.

AlJazeera, which launched its Arabic online news platform almost three years ago, had recently re-launched its online English language version both enjoying a combined average monthly rate of 20 million visitors and is today among the world's leading news portals.

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