MOTOROLA AND PHONE.COM SIGN STRATEGIC AGREEMENT FOR LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PHONE.COM WAP SERVER AND MICROBROWSER
Motorola To Incorporate Phone.Com's UP.Link™ WAP Gateway In Its Mobile Internet Exchange™ (MIX™) Communications Platform And WAP Browser For Handsets Across Major Airlink Protocols.
Schaumburg, Ill. (October 6, 1999)
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM) announced today a strategic software licensing and distribution agreement that extends the existing relationship between the two companies. The strategic alliance brings together Motorola's market leadership in wireless devices as well as its comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure products and global services with the technological leadership of Phone.com's wireless Internet access technology based on the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The combination gives the two market leaders the opportunity to rapidly meet the worldwide demand for high-quality WAP services and extend the worldwide footprint of their products. Motorola plans to use Phone.com's WAP 1.1 compliant UP.Link Gateway in its Mobile Internet Exchange (MIX) Communications Platform, a feature server of Motorola's Aspira architecture. Motorola has expanded its license for the UP.Browser WAP 1.1 compliant microbrowser, including source code, for implementation in wireless handsets for digital standards. In addition, Phone.com is licensing TrueSync® server and client software for supplying synchronization-based services.
"This agreement is a significant milestone for Phone.com," said Alain Rossmann, Chairman and CEO of Phone.com. "This strategic relationship with Motorola gives us the opportunity to broaden our distribution channels, accelerate our footprint growth in carriers around the world, and extend our collaboration with Motorola to create wireless handsets and services. We anticipate modest revenues this fiscal year as a result of this working relationship with added potential for revenues beyond this fiscal year."
Motorola's wireless handsets can benefit from tight integration with Phone.com's UP.Browser microbrowser. By working with Phone.com, a global leader in WAP software, Motorola can offer network operators a time-to-market advantage. The two companies previously signed a license agreement for Phone.com's WAP compliant UP.Browser. Since then, Motorola has delivered UP.Browser enabled phones including the iDEN i1000plus, i500plus, and the recently launched Timeport L7089 phone for GSM, and StarTAC® digital phone for CDMA networks.
"Phone.com's software is a key building block for Motorola's WAP strategy," said Janiece Webb, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Networks Group, Communications Enterprise for Motorola. "As two of the co-founders of the WAP forum, Motorola shares with Phone.com a vision for the convergence of wireless telephony and the Internet. Motorola will leverage Phone.com's software expertise and market proven products to rapidly roll out WAP. Additionally, this relationship will allow Phone.com to deploy TrueSync® software based products and services."
Phone.com's WAP-compliant UP.Link Server forms a comprehensive, robust system that enables interactive Internet information services and value added telephony applications on wireless handsets running the UP.Browser microbrowser. Phone.com's UP.Browser is a WAP compatible microbrowser designed and optimized for mass market wireless telephones.
Using UP.Browser, wireless subscribers can access Web-based information and services. UP.Browser's open and highly portable architecture can be embedded into different models of mobile phones and utilizes each phone's specific display and input characteristics, giving network operators a way to reach subscribers and add innovative services.
Motorola's MIX communications platform, a feature server of Motorola's Aspira architecture, enables carriers to use the Internet as the medium to expand their wireless and Internet services. The MIX platform is a wireless Internet-based end-to-end solution comprised of servers, gateways, software applications, content, and a new Mobile Applications Development Kit (Mobile ADK). As one of the first platforms integrating both voice and data services, Motorola's MIX communications platform delivers necessary information to a consumer's choice of device even when consumers travel away from their home city. With the MIX communications platform, mobile consumers can obtain necessary information anywhere via the Internet.
With Starfish's patented TrueSync multi-point synchronization, users keep critical information synchronized and up-to-date from anywhere in the world. The TrueSync solution allows users to synchronize information among popular desktop organizers, PDA's and web-based calendars including Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Organizer, Lotus Notes, ACT!, Sidekick, Schedule+, Hewlett Packard Windows CE devices, 3 Com Palm devices, REX and REX PRO, Excite Planner and Yahoo! Address Book. Founded in 1994, Starfish is a wholly owned independent subsidiary of Motorola (NYSE: MOT) with headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA. More information can be found at www.starfish.com.
Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. These include: Software-enhanced wireless telephone, two-way radio, messaging and satellite communications products and systems, as well as networking and Internet-access products, for consumers, network operators, and commercial, government and industrial customers. Embedded semiconductor solutions for customers in the consumer, networking and computing, transportation, and wireless communications markets. Embedded electronic systems for automotive, communications, imaging, manufacturing systems, computer and consumer markets. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion. Visit http://motorola.com or http://www.mot.com/mix for further information.
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 form 10-K dated September 24, 1999 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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