Sohu IT, 12/24/07
Huawei is to launch its own mobile instant messaging service, eSpace. eSpace is currently undergoing internal tests and may be launched in early 2008.
The new software is designed around IM, VoIP and instant conferencing functions, and allows mobile phone calling, SMS and MMS. Plug-ins also enable common corporate functions such as company BBS and search.
eSpace users will be able to make domestic calls and send SMS for free. However, this will require signing up to short-code calling services, at a cost of RMB 5 per month. After the free trial is over, costs will be determined by Guangdong Mobile.
Huawei's Beijing office indicated that the software was not available for testing in Beijing, and was not aware of customer groups or tariffs, saying only that the software was likely aimed at corporate clients.