Fastap - a unique keyboard layout

24 March, 2004
At CTIA Wireless 2004 Conference Digit Wireless, LG Electronics and TELUS Mobility announced an agreement to produce the world's first Fastapô enabled mobile phone.

Digit Wireless's Fastap keypad allows mobile phone users to quickly and intuitively type text messages and other data, using letter, number and punctuation keys arranged neatly around the standard keypad on a mobile phone.

"Fastap brings keyboard functionality directly to a standard-sized mobile phone, offering both business users and consumers an intuitive interface designed specifically for easy text messaging and other mobile data applications," said Chris Hare, President of Digit Wireless. "We expect early partnerships with industry leaders such as TELUS Mobility and LG Electronics to drive widespread adoption of Fastap enabled phones."

TELUS Mobility is the first wireless provider in the world to publicly commit to Fastap technology, and plans to offer Fastap enabled mobile phones exclusively in Canada in 2004.

"LG is excited to partner with Digit Wireless and TELUS Mobility to offer the first handset that incorporates the truly innovative Fastap technology," said Jae Ham, Vice President, CDMA Handsets, LG Electronics. According his words, LG is committed to providing cutting-edge wireless phones that are compact, easy to use and unique in their functionality and the Fastap enabled phone certainly fits their mandate.