Thursday, 12 November 2020 11:16

Beams signs deal with Kogan to sell ZOLEO messaging device

The ZOLEO device. The ZOLEO device. Supplied

ASX-listed Beam Communications has reached an agreement with online retailer Kogan to sell its global messaging device ZOLEO to Australian consumers through the Kogan Marketplace.

A statement from Beam said ZOLEO was also available from Amazon and eBay, as well as LiTMUS LAB in flagship Myer stores. The device sells for $345 with subscriptions starting from $32 a month.

ZOLEO works by connecting with a user's mobile phone and automatically switching between satellite, mobile and Wi-Fi.

The user can communicate via SMS — ZOLEO comes with its own Australian mobile number — or use the chat messaging and email functions on the free ZOLEO app.

The device has a SOS button than can send a signal for help and a check-in button that will send one's GPS location to selected contacts.

Marketplace director Lazar Monin said: "We are delighted to partner with Beam to offer ZOLEO to millions of Aussies who use the website."

Beam managing director and chief executive Michael Capocchi said: “Our partnership with Kogan will give us access to a wider group of consumers ahead of the important Christmas shopping period.

"Many more Australians will be heading to regional and remote holiday destinations during the summer break and with 80% of Australia’s land mass not covered by mobile, consumers will benefit from having uninterrupted and reliable connection through ZOLEO, whether that be for emergencies or to message and engage with friends and family.

“ZOLEO will also prove to be an indispensable tool during the upcoming fire season, as it doesn’t require any ground infrastructure to function.”

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