WAP ENABLED PHONES GIVE TELECOM'99 DELGATES ACCESS TO THE INTERNET IN THE PALM OF THEIR HANDS
Motorola Inc., Mobile Communications International, and Phone.com Inc. Team To Provide Latest Innovations In WAP To Telecom 99 Delegates
LONDON, England (October 8, 1999)
Motorola Inc. and Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) together with Mobile Communications International (MCI), have joined forces to provide Telecom'99 delegates live news, email, and Internet information access using WAP-enabled Motorola Timeport P7389 phones. The programme has been designed to increase awareness of the benefits of WAP technology and services to senior telecom industry executives from across the world attending the Telecom'99 show in Geneva, Switzerland, October 10-17, 1999.
Daily industry news and breaking bulletins from MCI's dedicated Telecom 99 website -wirelessGeneva.com - will be sent directly to the Motorola handsets. Delegates will be able to send and receive email, as well as access Internet information from various WAP-enabled web sites. Telecom 99 is to be the first of many events at which MCI will offer specialised news information to wireless executives who need up-to-date information while on the move.
The service will be delivered on Motorola Timeport P7389 handsets equipped with Phone.com's WAP 1.1 compliant UP.Browser. Phone.com will provide and operate the UP.Link Server Suite, its full WAP 1.1 server offering. MCI will provide content focussed on the needs of the busy wireless industry executives attending Telecom 99.
"Telecom 99 is giving us a tremendous opportunity to show delegates what the very near future will look and feel like. At Motorola, we are harnessing the power of the wireless Internet to give consumers fast, convenient access to the information, the people and places they want to connect with, when and where they want to do it," said Frank Lloyd, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Personal Communications Sector, EMEA.
"This incentive was designed to clearly demonstrate some of the benefits of WAP that are real and available now from Motorola and Phone.com," said Malcolm Bird, Managing Director and vice president, Phone.com Europe. "Delegates will have access to highly relevant, personalised MCI content making management of information during the show far easier."
Phone.com's UP.Link Server Suite, microbrowser and software development kit, is a comprehensive, open and 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 phone and utilize each phone's specific display and input characteristics, giving network operators a way to way to reach subscribers and add innovative services.
ABOUT MOTOROLA's TIMEPORT P7389 PHONE
The Motorola Timeport P7389 phone is the world's first WAP enabled tri-band GSM phone, with the ability to operate on GSM networks in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas or Australia. The Motorola Timeport P7389 is packed with time saving features like Voice Activation and TrueSync® technology to synchronise quickly and simply your information across your phone, your compatible PC and select Digital Personal Assistants**. With a WAP 1.1 Microbrowser to enable people to access and share information while they are on the move, the Motorola Timeport P7389 is the ideal assistant for busy lives.
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) defines a standard for the purposeful retrieval of specialized Web-based information, giving mobile phone users interactive, efficient and simple access to key information services on the World Wide Web. The WAP services can also be combined with other Intelligent Network (IN) services and provide an excellent compliment to GSM Phase 2+ and GPRS data service enhancements. Phone.com and Motorola are both members of the WAP Forum.
Motorola is a global leader in advanced electronic systems and services. It liberates the power of technology by creating software-enhanced products that provide integrated customer solutions and Internet Access via wireless and satellite communications, as well as computing, networking, and automotive electronics. Motorola also provides essential digital building blocks in the form of embedded semiconductors, control and systems. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion. For further information, please visit Motorola on the web at www.motorola.com.
Mobile Communications International is the wireless industry's leading publication for news, analysis and information. MCI - and its portfolio titles Mobile Communications Asia, GSM Q, CDMA World and PCS Focus - employs the best specialist writers in the business. The magazine's editorial team will be producing a free, daily online news service during Telecom 99 - www.wirelessgeneva.com. Telecom 99 is to be the first of many events at which MCI will offer specialised news information to wireless executives who have to have up-to-date information while on the move.
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
**Designed to synchronise with basic features of the initial release of many popular Personal Information management (PIM) software and hardware products.
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Motorola and Timeport are trademarks of Motorola, Inc. TrueSync is a trademark of Starfish Software, Inc
The Phone.com name and logo and the family of terms carrying the "UP." prefix are trademarks of Phone.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
For further information:
Contact Phone.com Worldwide Public Relations
PR Manager, Motorola
EMEA Personal Communications Sector
+44 1256 790790
Motorola EMEA Press Office
Hill and Knowlton
+44 171 973 4477
Mobile Communications International
+44 (0)7990 570719