BT to Offer PocketMail Service in U.K.

PocketScience Inc. announced that it has signed a letter of intent to licence its PocketMail service to a unit of British Telecommunications PLC (BT). PocketMail allows for e-mail to be sent and received over any telephone worldwide via a handheld device.

BT's Internet and Multimedia Services division is scheduled to launch the PocketMail service in the U.K. by the first quarter of next year. The BT division will have exclusive rights to market and sell the service in the U.K., PocketScience said in a release issued yesterday.

To use PocketMail, the user types a message into a handheld device, dials an access number, holds the device against the telephone handset and presses a button on the device to send and receive e-mail. The service will support both mobile phone handsets and fixed line telephones.

The service will be incorporated with BT's talk21 e-mail system and users will be able to also consolidate it with e-mail from other ISPs (Internet service providers), the statement said.

PocketScience already offers unlimited PocketMail usage in the U.S. for US$9.95 per month, according to the company's Web site. BT and PocketScience did not release pricing information for usage in the U.K.

The agreement with BT is the Santa Clara, California-based PocketScience's second overseas venture, the company said. PocketMail Australia is scheduled to launch in November, and the company said it is currently in discussions with prospective partners in several other countries.

PocketScience Inc. in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-919-7444, or http://www.pocketscience.com/. BT, in London, is at +44-171-356-5000, or http://www.bt.com.

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