The Bible Society of South Africa and ChristianMobile Launches VirtualBible the World’s First Bible in its Complete Format Downloadable to Mobile Phones via sms

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The Bible Society of South Africa announced today that they appointed ChristianMobile™ as their preferred service provider for the development and distribution of the 1983 and 1953 Versions of the Afrikaans language Bible, the English King James Version of the Bible (KJV), the English Good News Version of the Bible and the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible to mobile phone subscribers in Africa and abroad.

It is the task of the Bible Society to make the Bible accessible to all, and the VirtualBible™ will enable the Bible Society to supply the Bible to every modern cell phone user in a fast and affordable format

The Bible Society of South Africa announced today that they appointed ChristianMobile™ as their preferred service provider for the development and distribution of the 1983 and 1953 Versions of the Afrikaans language Bible, the English King James Version of the Bible (KJV), the English Good News Version of the Bible and the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible to mobile phone subscribers in Africa and abroad. The text of the Bibles will be distributed under the VirtualBible™ brand. The parties concluded an agreement during August 2006 and will commence distribution on 20 September 2006. Further translations of the Bible will follow during the latter part of 2006.

“We are honoured to be involved in the distribution of the Bible, the most popular book in human history, across the globe through mobile carriers and mobile portals and see ourselves merely as an instrument in God’s hands to spread His Word. After successfully developing VirtualBible™ we travelled extensively internationally in order to conclude agreements with the various copyright holders of all the language versions of the Bible. The VirtualBible™ technology jointly developed by ChristianMobile™ and Kuuasema in Finland lends itself to exciting possibilities such as affording a South African living in London the possibility to download the Afrikaans Bible whilst residing in the United Kingdom.

Mobile technology is the fastest growth of technology ever witnessed; it took 12 years to reach the first billion connections, the second billion has been achieved in just two and a half years, the VirtualBible™ technology opens a further channel to spread the Gospel, this is an historical event in the sense that it is the first time ever in the world that a book is delivered in a complete format on a mobile phone via a text message, of which development commenced in 2004, says Bertus Preller Marketing Executive of ChristianMobile™.

"It is the task of the Bible Society to make the Bible accessible to all, and the VirtualBible™ will enable the Bible Society to supply the Bible to every modern cell phone user in a fast and affordable format,” says Gerrit Kritzinger, the CEO of the Bible Society of South Africa. "We are particularly excited about the possibilities this technology poses for the youth. The Bible Society of South Africa is also a member of the United Bible Societies, a fellowship of 141 Bible Societies working in more than 200 countries, and we are sure that the potential of Virtual Bible™ is boundless," he added.

About ChristianMobile™    

ChristianMobile™ offers a comprehensive approach for bringing Christian content to the wireless arena through customized entertainment content, ringtones and applications for mobile phones in both the 2.5 G and 3G environments. ChristianMobile™ is a brand of InnoVeda Mobile Solutions (Pty) Ltd a key player in the wireless industry in South Africa; ChristianMobile provides unique mobile entertainment content and applications for today’s Christian.

About BSSA

The Bible Society of South Africa is responsible to make affordable Bibles available to all South Africans. This it does by translating, producing and distributing the Bible in suitable formats and in the languages of the people of South Africa.

Contact:

Bertus Preller – Telephone +27215283000; web address: http://www.christianmobile.co.za; http://www.christianmobileusa.com.

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