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Israeli mobile communications operator

Partner Communications (LSE:PTNRq; TASE, Nasdaq:


) said on Wednesday it will be able to start providing GPRS services following the arrival of new handsets from Nokia (NOK1V.HE).

GPRS - general packet radio services - allows high-speed constant connection to the Internet and enables high-volume data transfer, including Internet surfing, receiving and sending e-mail, watching animated clips, games and chatrooms, Partner said in a statement.

Customers will be charged according to the volume of data transfer regardless of Internet connection time, Partner said.

Partner, which operates the only GSM network in Israel, established national GPRS coverage last year but was unable to supply the service due to a shortage of handsets.

Israel's largest mobile phone firm Cellcom began its GPRS service in July while Partner's other competitor Pele-Phone Communications, a subsidiary of state-run phone company

Bezeq (TASE:


), said it will start its service later this year.