Comverse gets visual element

Users of the new Siemens SX1 mobile phone will be able to receive and send video voicemails thanks to a visual voicemail (VVM)...

Users of the new Siemens SX1 mobile phone will be able to receive and send video voicemails thanks to a visual voicemail (VVM) client from multimedia software developer Comverse.

The SX1 phones, powered by the Symbian operating system, are being supplied to operators for sale with the VVM client pre-loaded to use by users.

The VVM client can be used on both GPRS and 3G networks and is claimed to have a visual interface that makes message retrieval and management more efficient. Users can forward and respond to a video voice message by pressing a single button using the subscriber personal address book on the phone.

The VVM software also enables a non-intrusive form of communication with the “record and send” function. Using this, subscribers can record and send a new video voice message directly to individuals or groups without causing their phone to ring.

Comverse says that the VVM client gives users the ability to organise and act on their voicemails in the same simple way as their e-mails.

Such a service on the SX1 phone is a boon to Siemens in its drive to consolidate its position in the top three mobile phone manufacturers in the world by volume, after overtaking Ericsson in the number three spot.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia

This was first published in May 2004

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