Thai mobile phone provider to launch karaoke service

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand's largest mobile phone operator will combine two of the country's favorite pastimes - using mobile phones and singing karaoke - in a new service for customers with specially equipped handsets. 

Advanced Info System will begin selling a karaoke service with Nokia 3650 phones at a price of 16,400 baht (US$383) on Wednesday, an AIS executive was quoted as saying in The Nation newspaper. 

"The handset will tap young consumers who love entertainment,'' Kuladist Smuthkochorn, general manager of the Digital Phone Company, an AIS subsidiary, was quoted as saying. 

The phones will come with two songs already installed, and users will be able to download additional songs from AIS at a cost of 15 baht (35 cents) per song, he said, according to the report. 

AIS is Thailand's biggest cellular phone company and claims a market share of around 58 percent with more than 2 million subscribers. It is owned by a telecom conglomerate founded by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. - AP 

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