NETANYA, Israel, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL - News), announced that on March 4, 2007, it was served with a purported class action lawsuit which was filed against us, Pelephone Communications Ltd. and Partner Communications Ltd. ("Defendants"), in the District Court of Tel-Aviv, by plaintiffs claiming to be subscribers of the Defendants. The claim is for sums the Defendants' subscribers were allegedly overcharged with, based on the claim that the Defendants, allegedly in breach of their licenses, charged their subscribers based on intervals larger than the intervals the Defendants' were allegedly authorized to charge by, under their licenses, for calls initiated or received by the subscribers while abroad.
If the lawsuit is certified as a class action, the total amount claimed from the Defendants is estimated by the plaintiffs to be approximately NIS 449 million, of which, approximately NIS 193.5 million, is attributed to us.
At this preliminary stage, we are unable to assess the lawsuit's chances of success.
Cellcom is the leading Israeli cellular company; Cellcom entered the market in 1994 and today provides services to more than 2.8 million subscribers representing approximately 34% market share. Cellcom offers its subscribers a broad range of value added services including video streaming services, JAVA games, Multi Media Messages, content and multimedia services and more. In addition, Cellcom offers a wide range of cellular telephony services to both the private and business sectors including virtual private network (VPN), global roaming, voice-activated dialing and conference calling. Cellcom operates UMTS/HSDPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and TDMA networks. Cellcom also offers landline transmission and data services to business customers and telecommunications operators and, since July 2006, offers landline telephony services to selected businesses. For additional information please visit the Company's website http://www.cellcom.co.il/Cultures/en-US/InvestorRelations.
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Source: Cellcom Israel Ltd.