Kuala Lumpur, 3 Mar 2000 (Asia Pulse) - Catcha.com.my, the localised search
engine portal, today launched the country's first free Short Message Service (SMS)
via the Internet.
In a statement, it said the service allows SMS messages to be sent free of
charge to Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and Adam subscribers and is available to all
registered catcha.com.my users. The service would also be extended to TMTouch
and Mobikom subscribers very soon, it added.
Catcha.com said with the service, Internet users from anywhere in the world
can send short text messages to mobile phone users subscribing to these
telecommunication service providers. The service also allows Maxis, DiGi, Adam
and Celcom subscribers with autoroam services activated to receive SMS messages
anywhere in the world, it said, adding that messages could also be saved for
transmission later when a user's mobile phone is switched off.
The technology for the free SMS system is completely homegrown and developed
by Catcha.com. Catcha.com chief executive officer, Patrick Grove, said a
significant amount of funds and resources had been invested in developing the
technology. He said the company was setting a benchmark of Internet services and
would continue to introduce other innovative services.
"Sponsorship of Catcha SMS will also be available to advertisers whereby
they can append their advertisement text at the beginning and end of every free
SMS message sent," he said. Catcha.com has its headquarters in Singapore
and has permanent offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.