Telia to launch chat-on-the-phone

This week Telia opens a new chat function in the fixed telephony network. It's a service called Telia Telechat, mainly targeting the 20 to 25 age bracket. With Telechat, you can discuss topics of interest, e.g. selected TV programmes. The charge is 0.5 SEK/minute and you reach the service from Telia's fixed telecom network. A call set-up charge of 0.45 SEK will be added per commenced call.
The telephone is a simple, every-day means of communication for many people and Telia Telechat is conceived as a complement to the chat functions on the Internet.
- We know there is a great demand in the 20-25 age bracket for means to express and share views with others with similar interests. They are used to and like discussing via different chat functions, says Markus Wilhelmsson, Head of Private Market Division at Telia Communications.
In connection with launching the service, Telia opens discussion groups for a selection of programmes addressing young people on channel TV3 and ZTV, e.g. "Hannah" and "Fame Factory" on TV3, and "Wimans" and "Tryck till" on ZTV. Several topics will also be available from the start: Film, travel, music, partying, sports and school. For each topic, you dial a special code. Six people can take part at the same time; for more people, a new chat room will be opened. Two hours is the maximum time of participation in a call - after that, the caller is automatically disconnected.
Telia Telechat is accessible only in Sweden, and only from Telia's fixed telecom network.
For further information journalists can contact:
Markus Wilhelmsson, Head of Division Telia Communications, + 46 70-274 00 00
Lars Joelsson, Press Secretary Telia Networks, +46 8 713 58 30
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