Subscribers to the second national operator, Globacom can now send and receive messages from and to any electronic mail address on their mobile phones.
This will ensure that Glo mobile subscribers can send messages across the world into e-mail boxes from their phones or from any e-mail box to their phones. A message from the company instructed subscribers who are interested in this service to text “help” to 3333. Subscribers are afterwards provided with details of how to hook up to the service.
When using the facility to send a message, a subscriber is required to go to the “write message” option on his phone and input the email address he wishes to send the message to. He then leaves a space and enters the message after which he sends to 3333.
The % sign is used in place of an underscore where required. A subscriber’s email address is written as [email protected]; where the multiple x sign stands for the subscriber’s mobile number.
“You receive an alert when there is a new email. To read, text RM, leave a space, enter mail number’ the message from Glomobile reads. “To check mail, text CM to 3333. Mail automatically deletes 48 hours after receipts.
It would be recalled that as the only GPRS network in Nigeria, the Globacom network is supported by 2.5G technology, and because of its superiority to the 2G technology being used by other operators, Globalcom’s network also supports multimedia messaging service with colour pictures and sound.
Business development manager at Glomobile, Ibukun Oyelohunnu, said with the picture messaging service, subscribers can attach pictures and sounds to text messages. You can send audio clips or your voice along with pictures to another phone, and this facility is currently running free in Lagos and Abuja,” he said.
Since its commercial launch in August last year, Glomobile has sought to introduce several value added services and sales promotions to make up for its present interconnectivity state with other operators.
The company has also resorted to expanding its network while it works things out with the giant operators. It has since contracted Siemens and Alcatel, world-renowned equipment vendors to commence work on its network, especially its fixed wireless.