D2 SELECTS SIEMENS AND PHONE.COM TO SUPPLY COMMERCIAL WAP PLATFORM
CITY, Calif. (September 1, 1999) ¾
Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM), and Siemens today announced that Mannesmann
Mobilfunk has awarded Siemens a contract to implement a commercial WAP
(Wireless Application Protocol) platform. Under the terms of the agreement,
Siemens will provide Mannesmann Mobilfunk a turnkey solution, including
the Phone.com™ UP.Link™ server suite, which will allow Mannesmann Mobilfunk,
the leader in the German cellular market, to provide new wireless Internet
service offerings to its mobile customers starting in September 1999.
Being a turn-key provider Siemens provides a complete WAP solution comprising
infrastructure systems, WAP platform and WAP applications.
Siemens will integrate Phone.com's
UP.Link server solution in Mannesmann Mobilfunk's GSM network which
will enable Mannesmann Mobilfunk to offer mobile customers with WAP-capable
mobile phones access to a variety of D2 information services. The services
will be accessed through mobile phones equipped with a WAP-compatible
microbrowser. The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global
specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily
access and interact with information and services. WAP standards make
it possible for wireless devices to quickly access Web sites and optimize
the information displayed. Also, the access to standard HTML web sites
is possible via automatic translation. Through WAP, the user cannot
only access typical Web sites such as Sports, News and Email on the
public Internet, but also have available protected, corporate application
specific information over the wireless network.
The user can, for instance,
check the cost, length and time of call. Furthermore, WAP enables a
multitude of services, from games to PIM functionality such as calendar
and address book, which can be accessed through a mobile phone. WAP
based services are also an ideal way to open and combine the many possibilities
for IN (Intelligent Network) innovative mobile applications.
Beside the typical GSM data
communication available today on mobile networks, GPRS represents the
future packet data service, which will enhance WAP-based services. GPRS
is expected to be available commercially next year.
Siemens has been a system
supplier to Mannesmann Mobilfunk since 1993 and installed digital Switching
Stations for voice and data services (GPRS), Base Stations, and system
solutions for IN into the D2 Network. Siemens is a provider of the complete
GSM systems. This is made possible by the rich product portfolio, from
manufacturing to delivering a turnkey solution, mobile devices, switching
stations and transmission systems. Siemens also offers comprehensive
experience in planning, building and operating GSM systems. As a worldwide
leader, Siemens has already provided GSM systems to more than 120 network
operators in over 65 countries.
About Siemens, Information
and Communication Networks Group
The Information and Communications business segment is part of Siemens,
a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics with more
than $66 billion in sales. Information and Communications consists of
the three groups Information and Communication Networks (60,000 employees,
$13 billion sales), Information and Communication Products (33,000 employees,
$11 billion sales) and Siemens Business Services (20,000 employees,
$3.9 billion sales).
Information and Communication
Networks is one of the world's leading suppliers of end-to-end solutions
for voice, data and mobile networks. Information and Communication Networks
provides products, systems, solutions, servicing and support for setting
up, operating and maintaining complete corporate and carrier networks.
It also offers ancillary services ranging from network planning and
financial consultancy through startup support to user training. Further
information on this Siemens Group can be found on the Internet at http://www.siemens.com/ic/networks/.
Phone.com, Inc. is a leading provider of software that enables the delivery
of Internet-based services to mass-market wireless telephones. Using
its software, wireless subscribers have access to Internet- and corporate
intranet-based services, including Email, news, stocks, weather, travel
and sports. In addition, subscribers have access via their wireless
telephones to network operators' intranet-based telephony services,
which may include over-the-air activation, call management, billing
history information, pricing plan subscription and voice message management.
Phone.com is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California and has regional
offices in London and Tokyo. Visit http://www.phone.com
for more information.
Except for the historical
information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release
are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking
statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited
to, Phone.com's limited operating history, potential fluctuations in
Phone.com's operating results, uncertainties related to the Phone.com's
long sales cycle and reliance on a small number of customers, Phone.com's
dependence on the acceptance of its products by network operators and
wireless subscribers, Phone.com's ability to adequately address the
rapidly-evolving market for delivery of Internet-based services through
wireless telephones, the need to achieve widespread integration of Phone.com's
browser in wireless telephones, competition from companies with substantially
greater financial, technical, marketing and distribution resources and
the ability of Phone.com to manage a complex set of engineering, marketing
and distribution relationships. Further information regarding these
and other risks is included in Phone.com's prospectus dated June 10,
1999 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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