NEW SOFTWARE AND TOLL-FREE OPERATOR SERVICE INCREASES ACCESSIBILITY OF 'SKYWORD'
NEW SOFTWARE AND TOLL-FREE OPERATOR SERVICE INCREASES ACCESSIBILITY OF 'SKYWORD' WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyTel Corp. today introduced two new offerings that are designed to make its nationwide "SkyWord" wireless messaging service exceptionally easy to use for business travelers and the people who need to reach them. SkyWord Access(TM) is a new software package that enables PC owners to directly access the SkyTel network via an 800 phone line. SkyWord Operator Service, provided through an agreement with the National Dispatch Center (NDC) in San Diego, will allow non-computer users to send a text message simply by making a toll-free phone call to an operator. Both offerings are available form SkyTel beginning this week. "Business people now have two new ways to send a text message to SkyTel subscribers in thousands of towns and cities across the United States," said David W. Garrison, president of SkyTel Corp. "For personal computer users, SkyWord Access is an easy-to-follow software program for access to our network. For people who prefer to talk with an operator, we also now offer person-to-person access to SkyWord." Garrison added that the company's ability to offer operator service with its 800 access, "puts SkyTel in the unique position of being the only one-stop provider of toll-free nationwide text messaging in the U.S." SkyWord Access is message origination software that enables users to compose and send text messages, as well as telephone numbers and other numeric information via modem to SkyWord subscribers. The software is written for IBM, PS/2 and IBM compatible personal computers with PC-DOS or MS-DOS operating systems (version 2.0) or higher. SkyWord Access also requires that users have 512k or more RAM and a Hayes-compatible modem. "Our new software was designed for a typical PC and modem situation," said Garrison. "Even a novice computer user should find it simple to follow the menu approach for access to the SkyTel system." The SkyTel software package consists of both 3-1/2-inch and 5-1/4- inch diskettes and a user's manual. The package will be offered free- of-charge to SkyWord subscribers. To use the new SkyWord Operator Service, subscribers dial the toll- free number 1-800-SKY-GRAM and enter the personal identification number (PIN) of the person they wish to reach. After entering the PIN, users are connected with a "live operator" at the National Dispatch Center who takes the message and then dispatches it via computer to SkyTel's network. The entire process of composing and sending a typical message of 20 average length words usually takes about one minute, according to SkyTel's market tests. "Sending a message is now as easy as dialing a touchtone phone. It requires no technical knowledge whatsoever on the part of the sender," said Garrison. "What's more, SkyWord messages can be sent on the run from airports, lobbies, limos, cars -- anywhere there is a telephone or cellular phone." SkyTel will offer the new Operator Service to SkyWord subscribers for only a $5 enrollment fee and a 50 cents per message surcharge. The service will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information on either SkyWord Access or SkyWord operator service, interested parties can contact 1-800-456-3333. SkyTel Corp., based in Washington, D.C., is the principal subsidiary of Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEL) and the leading nationwide messaging company with 155,600 subscribers in the United States as of March 31, 1992. Mtel, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is engaged in businesses that include nationwide paging and voice messaging services (provided by SkyTel) in the United States; nationwide paging services in the United Kingdom provided by Inter-City Paging Ltd.; international messaging services provided by Mtel International, Inc.; an investment in American Mobile Satellite Corp.; and other operations. -0- 6/16/92 /CONTACT: David Allan, 212-614-5163, or Elisa Fershtadt, 212-614-4254, both of Burson-Marsteller, for SkyTel/ (MTEL) CO: Skytel Corp.; Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Corp. ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU: PDT
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|Date:||Jun 16, 1992|
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