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Mangalore, Sept. 27

HUTCH will cover more than 300 towns in Karnataka by the end of the current year. Currently, it covers more than 210 towns.

Mr Samuel Selvakumar, Operations Director of Hutch, said this at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Mr Selvakumar said Hutch covers 48 towns in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts at present. Nearly 40 more towns in these districts will be included in the Hutch network within 90 days, he said. Hutch has more than seven lakh customers in the State.

Mr Selvakumar said Hutch subscribers in the State could access content on its voice platform in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. Earlier, this service was available in English and Hindi. The regional content will include caller tunes, ringtones and jokes.

Songs of the Kannada blockbusters such as `Apta Mitra' and `Jogi' are available as caller tunes. The `Ravichandran Special' caller tunes have hit songs of the actor, he said.

Asked about the response to `My Hutch' service - a Web-based self-service for Hutch customers - he said, nearly 13,000 users have registered for the service within 30 days of its introduction. The feedback for this service is encouraging, he said.

On this Web-based service, subscriber can enjoy the service of the `Hutch Shop' to change talk plans and billing address, pay bills, and to set personal alerts and reminders.

Post-paid vouchers: The cellular service provider has launched vouchers for its post-paid customers on the lines of pre-paid voucher cards. Under this, bills of post-paid connections can be paid through vouchers. These vouchers are available in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 1,000.

Post-paid subscribers can pay their bills from anywhere with these vouchers.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 28, 2005)
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