SWISSCOM, SWITZERLAND’S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR, SELECTS PHONE.COM FOR COMMERCIAL WAP PLATFORM
Swisscom—First to Commercially Launch Mobile Internet Services in Switzerland CANNES, France (February 2, 2000) - Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM) and Swisscom today announced that Swisscom has commercially launched Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services for Internet access on mobile telephones using the Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite. Swisscom is the first operator in Switzerland to provide new wireless Internet services to its mobile customers.
The new Swisscom services will be accessed through mobile phones equipped with a WAP-compatible microbrowser such as the Phone.com UP.Browser microbrowser. Phone.coms UP.Link Server Suite will enable Swisscom and independent content providers to offer mobile customers access to a wide range of Swisscom Internet based information services such as; news, weather forecasts, finance, games, airline and train times, cinema bookings, email, online shopping and online banking.
While the new WAP enabled phones will give the best range and quality of services, the Phone.com solution also enables Swisscom to provide Web-based messaging services to customers who have SMS-only phones.
"The Internet is at the core of new services that Swisscom is committed to offering our customers," said Daniel Wyss, product manager at Swisscom. "Phone.coms WAP-compatible platform will allow Swisscom to continue to set the standard within Switzerlands wireless market by providing leading edge wireless services to our subscribers."
"Phone.com is a leader in the GSM market for WAP products, with a rapidly expanding footprint. We are determined to help GSM operators around the world deliver the best new services with the most benefit to their subscribers," said Malcolm Bird, managing director, Phone.com in Europe.
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services. The WAP Forum is the industry association, comprised of over 250 member companies, which has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones. Swisscom and Phone.com are members of the WAP Forum.
The UP.Link Server Suite offers GSM network operators such as Swisscom, a complete WAP-based solution to enable their subscribers to gain access to Internet-based content and applications. The Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite is in its fourth generation, providing a scalable and robust implementation of the WAP protocol. Since 1997, Phone.coms solutions have been licensed to over 50 network operators worldwide.
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 Belfast, Copenhagen, 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.coms limited operating history, potential fluctuations in Phone.coms operating results, uncertainties related to Phone.coms long sales cycle and reliance on a small number of customers, Phone.coms dependence on the acceptance of its products by network operators and wireless subscribers, Phone.coms 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.coms 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 are included in Phone.coms Form 10-Q for quarter ended September 30, 1999, in its prospectus dated November 16, 1999 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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