Global Launch in Israel: Partner Ltd. and Accel Telecom Ltd. Launch First Standalone Connected Car Smartphone

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ROSH HA'AYIN, Israel , Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Partner Communications Company Ltd. ("Partner" or "the Company") (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR), a leading Israeli communications operator and Accel Telecom Ltd., a leading connected car innovation company announced today that they have commercially launched VOYAGER, the ultimate Connected Car Smartphone. VOYAGER is the first standalone Connected Car Smartphone device that can be easily installed in any car and operates using an existing phone number via a twin-SIM. The device will be launched by Partner, for the first time in the world, at a price of 1900 Shekels and it is expected to revolutionize the car communications culture and transform it into a more efficient, safer and enjoyable driving experience.

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VOYAGER is a dedicated Connected Car Smartphone device that combines Android based Smartphone technology with an HSUPA Qualcomm module to deliver a driver-centric device that ensures safer calling, easy navigation via a dedicated Waze launcher key and multiple car focused applications.

VOYAGER is designed to enhance safe driving with hands-free dialing, dedicated large physical keys, crystal clear, HD echo free sound quality and an in-car 3G WiFi Hotspot connection among the many core features. VOYAGER also connects to the car on-board diagnostics (OBD) to allow car diagnostics and acts as a "black box" for Fleet Management applications, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and more.

The GSMA forecasts the global connected car market to grow threefold within 5 years and will be worth 39 Billion Euro in 2018.

GSMA's mAutomotive Report, 2013

Naama Gat, VP Marketing Partner said: "From research that Partner conducted, the average call time from cars during weekdays is 3 hours. Therefore, it is critical to use this valuable time in the car to be connected to work, friends, family and various media. Partner is first in Israel to provide this important 3G connectivity need."

Shmulik Keret , VP Waze said: "VOYAGER will provide drivers with a superb Waze navigation experience and we are excited to partner on this innovative connected car device."

Marc Seelenfreund , CEO Accel said: "We are excited to launch VOYAGER at Partner and expect strong demand for this new generation Connected Car Smartphone device both in Israel and in the international markets."

Key features

  • HD Voice echo free sound quality
  • Android UI
  • HSUPA Qualcomm based device
  • In-car 3G-WiFi Hotspot connectivity
  • Integration with Google and Exchange
  • High level noise reduction and echo cancelation
  • Voice activation
  • Driver centric design to ensure safe driving
  • Dedicated hard keys for safe intuitive operation
  • Car centric applications for advanced communication
  • Dedicated Waze launcher key for easy navigation
  • Optional connection to OBD via BT or RS232

View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42q_x5O6SAI&feature=youtu.be

SOURCE Partner Communications Company Ltd. and Accel Telecom Ltd.

Contact:

To learn more about the first standalone connected car smartphone, please contact:

Yaeli Carmeli - Debby communications PR and Media Strategy
1st Carlibach st.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Office: +972-(0)3-568-3000
Fax: +972-(0)3-568-3001
Cell: +972-(0)52-874-8989
yaeli@debby.co.il

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