Etisalat’s Voice SMS service a big success

DUBAI — Etisalat’s Voice SMS, launched before Eid so that mobile customers could send greetings, has been a success with over half a million Voice SMS messages having been sent since the service was launched.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 24 Dec 2007, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:21 AM

Many more are expected during the continuing year-end celebrations, say officials.

Mobile customers of Etisalat have found it an ideal way to exchange their greetings, as the service allows them to record their personal voice clips of up to 30 seconds, instead of typing text SMS, and sending it to any other Etisalat mobile users who will receive the SMS notification and the steps to follow to retrieve the voice message.

The most significant feature of this service is that since the message is recorded in the sender’s own voice, there are no language restrictions, as with text SMS.

This is enabling the multi-cultural population of the UAE to reach out and connect with their friends and families in their own language.

There are no handset specifications or settings required for this service.

To send a message, simply dial * (star) followed by the full Etisalat mobile number and press the call button.

Retrieval of the message for the first time is free of charge by calling 0 and the repeat and retrieval of old messages, by calling 1, will be charged at normal local mobile call charges.

Etisalat customers will be able to store 20 voice messages.

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