MTS LAUNCHES FIRST GLONASS PHONE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We have recently launched the МТS Glonass 945, the first mobile phone that supports both the U.S. Global Positioning System (“GPS”) and Russia’s Glonass navigation system. Glonass (“Global Navigation Satellite System”) operated by the Russian Space Forces has a constellation of 24 operational satellites, which cover 100% of Russian territory and 98% of world’s territory. Combining Glonass and GPS significantly increases reliability and precision of the location-based services, which helps users navigate through extreme topography and in the cities with tall buildings that could block the transmissions of some satellites.
The new smartphone has a multi-touch screen and runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. It costs RUB 10 490 when purchased with an MTS tariff.
Pre-installed MTS Navigator app features in-car and “pedestrian mode” directions, complete with 3D moving maps, audio guidance with street name articulation, and thousands of points of interest including restaurants, bars and hotels. MTS Navigator is one of the many location-based services MTS offers to its subscribers. MTS Locator is used for tracking whereabouts of friends and family members, while the Mobile Employees service helps corporate customers to pinpoint location of its employees and vehicles. With MTS Parking, if you have parked your car in the wrong place, and it has been evacuated, you will receive an SMS with directions where to go to get it back. More than 1.2 million of the Company’s subscribers are already using MTS location-based services, and we expect the demand for such services to grow further as more GPS- and Glonass-enabled devices come to market.