Fri, Aug 10, 2007 - Page 12 News List

Chunghwa Telecom getting in Touch

By Lisa Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) announced yesterday that it was extending its partnership with High Tech Computer Inc (HTC, 宏達電) to offer subscribers HTC's latest phone -- codenamed Touch.

Subscribers will pay NT$11,490 for a Touch phone and a new cellphone number, Chunghwa Telecom said.

The Touch -- which is outfitted with a hot touch panel instead of the traditional keypad -- debuted in June just prior to Apple Inc's launch of its iPhone.

Chunghwa Telecom said yesterday that it would offer real-time service for subscribers wanting to trade local stocks by mobile phones through a three-way deal with a local stock information provider and a brokerage

The company has inked agreements with TelePaq Technology Inc (神乎科技), the nation's leading maker of handheld devices featuring real-time stock information, and Polaris Securities Co (寶來證券).

"The service will boost the use of our data services," Vincent Lin (林文智), a Chunghwa Telecom director, told reporters during the product launch yesterday, adding that the company hopes to have 6,000 subscribers for the online stock trading services by year's end.

The company has said that it had 64 percent higher revenue per user -- at NT$1,746 (US$53) -- from its third-generation (3G) subscribers using two 3G phones from HTC, compared with NT$1,060 from using other handset brands.

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