MIRS COMMUNICATIONS SELECTS PHONE.COMíS UP.LINK TO DELIVER FIRST WAP BASED MOBILE INTERNET SERVICE IN ISRAEL
First Middle East Carrier to Implement a WAP Service to its Customers CANNES, France (February 2, 2000) - Phone.com (Nasdaq: PHCM) and MIRS today announced that MIRS has licensed the Phone.com Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-compatible UP.Link Server Suite. Under the terms of the agreement, MIRS will implement a Packet Based WAP solution, offering a wide range of services for the Israeli market with particular emphasis on corporate Internet and Intranet applications.
The new MIRS services will be accessed through mobile phones equipped with a WAP-compatible microbrowser such as the Phone.com UP.Browser. iDEN phones within the network include the i1000plus, the i500 and the i700 from Motorola, effectively meaning that all new subscribers to the MIRS network will be WAP enabled.
Phone.coms UP.Link Server Suite software will enable MIRS to offer mobile customers access to a wide range of Internet based information services such as email, organizer, messaging and fax services as well as a content translator.
"Phone.coms expertise in WAP is allowing us to deliver a unique, quick to market offering which will add value to the Israeli services market," said Shimon Tal, chief executive officer of MIRS. "Phone.com software delivers a WAP-compatible platform which provides flexibility and interoperability with WAP browser-enabled handsets. As we deploy these handsets, we expect to see a growth in services and use of the network."
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 270 member companies, which has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones. Phone.com is a founding member of the WAP Forum.
"By continuing to partner with leading mobile operators such as MIRS, Phone.com has established the standard way for carriers to deliver the Internet to millions of wireless phone users worldwide," said Malcolm Bird, managing director of Phone.com in Europe. "This is another example of Phone.coms strength in the global market-with accelerated time to market and unmatched features, reliability, and scalability."
The UP.Link Server Suite offers operators such as MIRS, 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 of the worlds leading operator networks.
MIRS is an Israel-based subsidiary of Motorola Communications Israel, which develops and manufactures radio communications systems and wireless solutions, and AMPAL (AMEX:AIS) an Israeli holding company. MIRS is a wireless mobile operator, which based on its iDEN technology, markets integrated mobile phones with two-way radios and paging devices. Its iDEN systems are currently operational worldwide. The largest provider of iDEN technology is U.S. based Nextel.
Phone.com, Inc. (formerly Unwired Planet, Inc.) is a leading provider of software and services that enable 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, Belfast, Copenhagen 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 the 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 is 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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