BEDMINSTER, NJ and SCARBOROUGH, ON — Today the Canadian and U.S. wireless industry associations - the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) - announced cross-border inter-carrier text messaging services, which allow most U.S. and Canadian wireless customers to send short text messages to one another.
At the same time, Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless service provider in the United States, and Canadian roaming partner TELUS Mobility released their list of fun and friendly text messaging phrases that their respective customers can share with one another.
To encourage cross-border conversation, following is a list of U.S.-Canadian text messaging phrases clients can use as a starting point:
HI NABR - Hello neighbor
CLD A? - Cold, eh?
BNJR - Bonjour
SKNG@WSLR RX - Skiing at Whistler rocks
T.O. SHOOT - In Toronto for a film shoot
SK8? - Wanna go skating?
HKY 2NITE - Let's watch the hockey game tonight
:) oO - Snowman
MAI SNO >< - Miami snowbird
MPLFS - Maple Leafs
GR8 LKS - The Great Lakes
CA DR'- California dreamin'
SHPNG NY O MTL? - New York or Montreal for shopping?
HWS SLDDING 03? - How's the snowmobiling this year?
X THE BRDR - Come visit
Customers who sign up for TXT Messaging, Verizon Wireless' short text messaging service, through March 31, 2003 will receive unlimited text messages and alerts for just $2.99 (USD) per month until June 30, 2003. After the promotional period, customers will be allowed 100 messages per month at $2.99 (USD) per month with excess messages charged at $.02 received and $.10 sent.
TELUS Mobility PCS clients can send text messages for 10 cents (cdn.) per message, receive text messages sent from a wireless phone for free, and send up to 100 messages for just $5 per month (free to receive messages sent from a wireless phone).
About TELUS Mobility
TELUS Mobility provides its 2.9 million clients across Canada with a full suite of wireless voice, Internet and data services through its Mike and PCS digital wireless networks. For more information, please visit www.telusmobility.com.
TELUS (TSX:T,T.A; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, Internet Protocol, voice and TELUS Mobility wireless services across Canada. TELUS is a premier founding supporter of Canada's bid to host the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler. For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 31.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
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