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Vodafone Portugal Launches Comverse Visual Voicemail Service on Mobile Phones.

Portuguese Operator Offers Country's First Visual Voicemail Visual Voicemail or Random Access Voicemail is the process of adding a visual aspect to mobile phone voicemail and allowing users to listen to their messages in the order of their choice.  Available on iPhone

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Comverse announced today that Vodafone Portugal Vodafone Portugal, a full subsidiary of the Vodafone Group, is the second mobile operator in Portugal, both chronologically and in market share (34% in 2006). Its competitors are Optimus and TMN. , which has more than five million mobile phone users, became the country's first operator to offer visual voicemail for the iPhone.

Vodafone Portugal began offering Comverse Visual Voicemail on the iPhone in March. Compared to conventional voicemail, the service allows customers to enjoy a dramatically enhanced voicemail experience. Instead of dialing in for voice messages, users can see information about each voice message, such as sender, time of call and duration, in a message inbox on their mobile phones and then click and listen to messages in any order. Users also can delete, forward and reply to any message.

"This groundbreaking visual voicemail launch is part of Vodafone Portugal's strategy of continuous innovation intended to develop and make available the best communications services to our customers," said Pedro Duarte, Network Services Development Manager at Vodafone Portugal. "We believe it will play an important role in enhancing our customers' experience with the iPhone 3G, supported by the high quality, capacity and speed of the Vodafone network."

Users of visual voicemail can access voice messages more quickly and return calls more often because timely messages are inherently more relevant. For these reasons, callers are more likely to leave voice messages. This boost in voicemail usage also benefits operators by enhancing the end user's satisfaction and loyalty.

"This deployment with Vodafone Portugal is a significant step forward for visual voicemail in its progress towards becoming the next-generation voicemail standard around the world - a trend led by Comverse, which has more visual voicemail deployments than any other company," said Dror Bin, President, Global Products and Operations at Comverse, the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling value-added messaging and content services, converged billing and active customer management, and IP communications A general term for networks that use the IP protocol for voice (VoIP) and video traffic. See IP telephony. .

"Visual voicemail delivers so many benefits for both users and operators," Bin said, "that its potential for rapid market growth in the near future is strong in all regions."

Visual Voicemail is part of the Comverse Voice HUB, a single platform for multiple voice-related services, such as next-generation voicemail, ringback tones, and call completion. Operators can reap cost savings from the Voice HUB's unified platform because it reuses major components and takes advantage of centralized cen·tral·ize  
v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.

 operation, maintenance and provisioning.

About Vodafone Portugal

Vodafone Portugal is part of the Vodafone Group, the world's leading international mobile communications group. Vodafone Portugal focuses on delivering total communications solutions to its more than 5.7 million customers and has a leadership position in terms of innovation, brand image and customer satisfaction in Portugal. More information about Vodafone Portugal is available at its Web site.

About Comverse

Comverse is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling value-added services for voice, messaging, mobile Internet Refers to gaining access to the Internet using a lightweight, handheld device. See Mobile IP, PDA, smartphone and mobile TV.  and mobile advertising; converged billing and active customer management; and IP communications. Comverse's extensive customer base spans more than 130 countries and covers over 500 communication service providers serving more than two billion subscribers. The company's innovative productportfolio enables communication service providers to unleash the value of the network for their customers by making their networks smarter. Comverse's solutions support flexible deployment models, including in-network, hosted and managed services An umbrella term for third-party monitoring and maintaining of computers, networks and software. The actual equipment may be inhouse or at the third-party's facilities, but the "managed" implies an ongoing effort; for example, making sure the equipment is running at a certain quality , and can run on circuit-switched, IP, IMS (1) See IP Multimedia Subsystem.

(2) (Information Management System) An early IBM hierarchical DBMS for IBM mainframes. IMS was widely implemented throughout the 1970s under MVS and continues to be used under z/OS.
 or converged network The integration of the telephone system with IP-based data networks. See softswitch.

(networking) converged network - A single network that can carry voice, video and data.
 environments. Comverse is a subsidiary of Comverse Technology Comverse Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CMVT) is an American Technology company located in Woodbury, New York, which develops and markets telecommunications software. Founded in 1982, the company focuses on providing services to third party telecommunication service providers. , Inc. (CMVT CMVT Converse Technology .PK). For more information, visit

All product and company names mentioned herein may be registered trademarks or trademarks of Comverse or the respective referenced company(s).

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