Gemalto Provides SIM-Based Windows® Live Mobile Instant Messaging to Personal Argentina

Gemalto Provides SIM-Based Windows® Live Mobile Instant Messaging to Personal Argentina

Customers of Personal Argentina can now access Windows® Live Messenger from their SIM card regardless of their type of mobile phone

Buenos Aires, February 9, 2009 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces the successful implementation of Microsoft’s Instant Messenger service built into Gemalto’s SIM cards. The innovation will be available for the Argentinean marketplace through Personal’s new SIM cards in the coming weeks. With 12 million subscribers, Personal is known for its value added services innovation based on Personal’s Chip and this is one of the latest services added to the new SIM services portfolio.

Since the Live Messenger application is incorporated into the SIM card, this innovation enables Personal subscribers to use Windows® Live to chat with friends and communities between mobiles, or even mobile to PC, regardless of the terminal.

Furthermore, this adaptation of the popular Microsoft product has all the same features as in a PC–viewing connected contacts, changing the message status to available, absent, busy, etc., and keeping several chat sessions open simultaneously, all this through a menu for easy and quick navigation, using mechanisms that assure security and user privacy. Additionally, as the service is available in the SIM card, subscribers can access the service anytime, anywhere, from any mobile device, meaning 100% service availability.

“Gemalto is bringing a major innovation in the Mobile Instant Messaging market, making the service available in the SIM card and providing a user friendly experience which should create a significant breakthrough in the penetration and usage of mobile internet services in Latin America,” said Fernando Oubina, Sales Manager for Gemalto Argentina. “This kind of service combines mobility and technology, besides providing a perfect user experience.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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