LG TELECOM LAUNCHES WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE USING PHONE.COM UP.LINK GATEWAY
LG Telecom’s “Internet 019” Brings the World of Wireless Internet to its 2.8M Subscriber Base
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (September 14, 1999)
Phone.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHCM) and Korea's LG Telecom today announced that LG Telecom has commenced a launch of wireless Internet access services to a select base of its subscribers using the Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite within its nationwide state-of-the-art CDMA wireless network in South Korea. LG Telecom commences this wireless Internet service after licensing the UP.Link Server Suite from Phone.com in April of 1999.
The LG Telecom wireless Internet service, branded as "Computerless Internet 019", strengthens the Phone.com global footprint and offers LG subscribers a wide range of content and services designed to accelerate information flow, elevate user productivity and enhance user mobile experience through an impressive portfolio of content, services and applications such as PIM and Email, both supplied by Phone.com.
"Through partnership with leading Korean providers, LG Telecom has constructed and amassed an impressive portfolio of content and services for use by its subscribers," said Mr. DK Lee, wireless Internet team leader at LG Telecom. "Phone.com's powerful platform localized for the Korean market gave us the freedom we needed to prepare a compelling market introduction."
Computerless Internet 019 portfolio channels include news, finance, e-commerce, communication, personal productivity, entertainment and travel. News and information are provided by leading newspapers such as Choong Ang Daily, Chosun Daily, and Sports Today. The financial channel includes portfolio management and real-time equity trading enabled by LG Securities. Powerful integrated banking services are under development from Dacom. The communication channel enhances voice telephony by adding email and leveraging Phone.com's powerful Push technology. Similarly productivity services are enabled through Phone.com's versatile PIM and UP.Web applications. Other channels within Computerless Internet 019 portfolio showcase Internet auctions, tele-voting, ticket reservation through Korean Airlines, job ads, games, event reservation and automated customer care.
"We selected Phone.com because of their technical leadership, significant time-to-market advantage, global deployment track record, and Silicon Valley innovation," said Mr. Yong Nam, president and chief executive officer of LG Telecom. "Phone.com's technology solutions have enabled us to quickly develop and deliver Computerless Internet 019 to our diverse Subscribers."
"Convergence of Internet and wireless communication in Korea-and the rest of the world, has begun to change the way people communicate, work and play as well as offer new commercial opportunities," said Tony Miranzadeh, vice president of Asia Pacific and Latin America sales for Phone.com. "LG Telecom's decision to rapidly deploy Phone.com's wireless Internet enabling technology is a fundamental move toward realizing the 3G vision of wireless communication in Korea."
About LG Telecom
LG Telecom is one of the leading and most innovative wireless carriers in South Korea. LG Telecom advanced digital CDMA network provides nationwide coverage serving 2.8M active subscribers. Since introducing service in August 1997, LGT has added an average of 112,000 subscribers a month while nationwide penetration is now exceeding 40%. LG Telecom introduced world's first CDMA wireless data service in February 1998 pushing its technical leadership in the Korean market further. In October of the same year, LGT entered a strategic partnership and investment relationship with British telecom (BT). In 1998 LGT posted sales in excess of US$992M vs. US$33M in 1997.
Phone.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHCM) 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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Mr. DK Lee