PHILIPS TO INTRODUCE WEB-ENABLED MOBILE PHONES USING PHONE.COM'S UP.BROWSER
Philips Mobile Phones with WAP Microbrowser to Combine the Power of Internet Connectivity and Wireless Telephony
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (September 28, 1999)
Phone.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:PHCM) and Philips today announced that Philips Consumer Communications (PCC) has concluded an agreement with Phone.com under which it has licensed the Phone.com UP.Browser microbrowser software for use on its GSM mobile phones. The microbrowser software turns a mobile phone into an Internet companion, bringing valuable web functionality such as Email, Internet and corporate Intranet information to the screen of a mobile phone. This functionality is based on the broadly accepted Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) which allows subscribers to access a wide range of web-based information and services offered by network operators and third-party service providers. Philips expects the Phone.com UP.Browser-enabled phones to be available in 2000.
The UP.Browser software is optimized for the mobile phone's specific display and input characteristics, such as graphical displays and programmable soft keys. In combination with the phone's existing user interface software, it gives network operators a way to reach subscribers and add innovative services, with seamless integration of voice and data services.
The introduction of web capabilities to Philips mobile phones with UP.Browser software represents a significant step forward in Philips' strategy of giving users convenient mobile access to advanced communication functions. Philips mobile phones already give users easy access to GSM network facilities with functions like Voice Dial and Voice Command, as well as the ability to send SMS emotion icons. Now they will do the same for on-the-move information access by making a wide range of Internet-based services available to users through their mobile phones.
"This extension in the functionality of our mobile phones is in line with Philips' strategy of integrating innovative web-based functions in a wide range of products right across our consumer and professional portfolio", said Harry Strasser, chief officer business strategy of Philips Consumer Communications. "The ability to access web-based information and communication from the mobile phone is an exciting enhancement that will bring even more convenience and on-the-move functionality to business users and consumers alike. With these new capabilities, our web-enabled mobile phones will prove to be even more powerful and versatile communication tools for users who want to keep in touch with all kinds of information services wherever they may be, without the need to use any additional products."
"Phone.com is pleased to be working with Philips, with its worldwide reputation for innovative communication and connectivity products," said Ben Linder, vice-president of marketing for Phone.com. "It's very exciting to see leading handset manufacturers implement our WAP compliant software for additional features that can enhance the end-user experience while providing innovative capabilities that satisfy network operator requirements".
About Philips Consumer Communications (PCC)
Philips Consumer Communications (PCC) is a Business Group of Philips Consumer Electronics, a division of Royal Philips Electronics. PCC is headquartered in Paris, and designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of personal communication products including digital and analog cellular and cordless phones, corded phones, faxes and answering machines. For more information, visit our web site: http://www.pcc.philips.com.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of US$ 33.9 billion in 1998. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 227.600 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems, business electronics, and IT services (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.news.philips.com.
Phone.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHCM) is a leading provider of software and services that enable the delivery of Internet-based information 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.
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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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