BRIGHTPOINT JOINS WIRELESS APPLICATION PROTOCOL FORUM
Indianapolis, Indiana-December 22, 1999 - Brightpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: CELL) announced today that it has joined the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum as an Associate Member. Brightpoint's membership in the WAP Forum demonstrates its focus on providing contract manufacturing, fulfillment and other integrated logistics services to members of the WAP Forum. Brightpoint will focus on providing these services for and on behalf of the wireless communications industry including manufacturers of wireless handsets and other terminals and wireless communications network operators.
The WAP Forum is an industry association that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum's mandate is to bring companies together from all segments of the wireless industry to ensure product interoperability and growth of the wireless market. WAP Forum members represent over 95% of the global handset market, carriers with more than 100 million subscribers, leading infrastructure providers, software developers and other organizations providing solutions to the wireless industry. The WAP Forum includes other wireless industry leaders such as Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola and Microsoft. Handset manufacturers representing 95 % of the world market across all technologies have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices. Carriers representing more than 100 million subscribers worldwide have joined WAP. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. For further details on the Forum and its members, please visit the Forum's Web site at www.wapforum.org.
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Brightpoint, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative services to network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global wireless telecommunications industry. Brightpoint strives to enhance the success of its customers through the specialized and focused provision of efficient and effective solutions for their mission critical business requirements. The Company's innovative services include inventory management, prepaid solutions, custom packaging and other outsourced services. Additional information about the Company can be found on its website at www.brightpoint.com or by calling its toll-free Investor Relations Information line at 877-IIR-CELL (877-447-2355).
"Forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 may be included in this news release. A variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ from the reported results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Investors are referred to the Company's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99 to the Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this news release by reference.
Brightpoint, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Phillip A. Bounsall, Chief Financial Officer