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Digit Wireless, LG Electronics, Telus sign Fastap development pact

Digit Wireless, wireless handset manufacturer LG Electronics and Telus Mobility announced an agreement today to pro...


March 22, 2004  


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Digit Wireless, wireless handset manufacturer LG Electronics and Telus Mobility announced an agreement today to produce the world’s first Fastap- enabled mobile phone.

Digit’s Fastap keypad allows mobile phone users to quickly type text messages and other data using letter, number and punctuation keys arranged neatly around the standard keypad on a mobile phone.

“Fastap brings keyboard functionality directly to a standard-sized mobile phone, offering business users an intuitive interface designed for easy text messaging and other mobile data applications,” said Chris Hare, president of Digit Wireless.

Neil Strother, senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR’s wireless research group, said mobile text messaging has made great strides in North America, but widespread usage remains elusive. One of the limiting factors has been the traditional telephone keypad, he said.
Telus, which is the first wireless provider to commit to the technology, says Fastap-enabled mobile phones will be available in Canada later this year.

Telus Ventures, a corporate investment fund, has invested capital in Digit Wireless.