GLOBAL TELECOM AND PHONE.COM ANNOUNCE FIRST WAP COMMERCIALIZATION IN BRAZIL
Global Telecom to use Phone.comís UP.Link Server Suite for Brazilian MarketREDWOOD CITY, Calif. June 20, 2000 Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM), a leading provider of software and applications that enable the delivery of Internet-based information services to mass-market wireless telephones, and Global Telecom, a leading Brazilian Mobile Cellular operator, today announced that Global Telecom has licensed the Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite. Under the terms of the agreement, Global Telecom will use the UP.Link Server to provide Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-based wireless Internet access to subscribers through the Global Telecoms CDMA network. Launched June 18, Global Telecom is the first Brazilian carrier to provide commercial WAP-based wireless Internet service.
Using Phone.coms WAP-compatible UP.Link Server, Global Telecom is offering a wide range of wireless content services including mobile banking from Bradesco. Subscribers are able to access the Internet through their mobile phone, send and receive email, trade stocks, check sports scores and utilize a personal calendar. Global Telecom is launching commercial services in conjunction with Motorola Mini StarTac (V-series), StarTac, Timeport, and Talkabout mobile phones. Additional phones are expected to be available shortly.
The Brazilian market is a key piece in the Latin American puzzle for successful wide-scale WAP deployment, said Tony Miranzadeh, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific
and Latin America for Phone.com. Building a strong relationship with Global Telecom gives us a decided advantage in competing in the Latin American market. We are positioned to continue our mission of leading the rapid global penetration of WAP-based services and solutions.
Global Telecom, which covers states of Parana and Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, is a consortium developed and supported by DDI, Motorola, Inepar, Nissho Iwai Corporation, and Suzano. Since the beginning of its operation in December 1998, Global Telecom has positioned itself as one of the pioneers in the introduction and provisioning of innovative and intelligent wireless services and solutions in the Brazilian market.
Our agreement with Phone.com allows us to be one of the first providers of wireless Internet access in Latin America, said Yuji Tsuda, President CEO at Global Telecom. We now have a major competitive advantage over our Brazilian competitors. In addition, we expect to double our subscriber base this year, and, given that growth potential, we were eager to include wireless Internet access among our range of services. Phone.com, with its numerous carrier deployments worldwide and clear market leadership is the obvious choice as our software provider.
About Global Telecom
Global Telecom S.A. is the B-band cellular service operator whose shareholders are DDI, Motorola, Inepar, Nissho Iwai, and Suzano. It is providing the service in southern Brazil states of Parana and Santa Catarina, which have a population of about 14 million. Having started its operation in December 1998, it has grown rapidly, by differentiating itself with high quality networks using CDMA technology, and advanced products such as SMS service Cell Service, and advanced pre-paid service Genio. Global Telecoms headquarters are in Londrina, Parana state and its main office is in Curitiba, Parana state.
Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) is a leading provider of software, applications, and services that enable the delivery of Internet-based information and voice 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, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Seoul 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 quarters ended September 30, 1999, December 31, 1999, and March 31, 1999, and in its prospectus dated November 16, 1999 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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For more information please contact:
Phone.com, Inc.Rowan Benecke PR21 +1 (415) 369 8102 [email protected] Phone.com (Europe) LimitedKylie Trevitt Text 100 Ltd. +44 (0) 181 242 [email protected] Phone.com Japan K.K.Masaaki YamamotoPhone.com Japan K.K.+81 3 5325 [email protected]
Global Telecom.Amilcar Marques Authority Relations dept.+55 (41) 313 [email protected] Savio BloomfieldMarketing dept.+55 (41) 313 [email protected]