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Telefonica Signs First MVNO Contract in Czech Republic

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Telef nica has entered into an agreement with publishing house Ringier Axel Springer CZ which will create the first GSM based MVNO in the Czech Republic.

Services will be offered under the BLESKmobil brand from the 7th November.

BLESKmobil will offer pay-as-you go services with low-cost calling and text messaging. Anyone interested in cheap calling will be able to buy pre-paid BLESKmobil cards from any of 6,000 newsagents across the Czech Republic.

"We are proud to become the first virtual operator in the Czech Republic. We will be offering simple and cheap mobile services via the O2 mobile network," said Libuše Šmuclerová, Ringier Axel Springer CZ CEO.

Customers will be able to retain their existing phone number and transfer it from their current mobile operator.

BLESKmobil offers one simple pay-as-you go tariff with calls costing CZK 2.50 per minute and texts for CZK 1.50 each. The same rates apply for the whole week, during peak and off-peak times.

"Many people can do without a broad range of supplementary services, subsidised mobile phones and branded shops. BLESKmobil will offer none of that, but instead will offer extremely low prices. I am confident that the Blesk mobil offer will speak to its customers and that we will soon celebrate our one hundred thousandth customer," added Libuše Šmuclerová.

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