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PhoneOnline.com Joins WAP Forum To Contribute Resources that Will Have a Lasting Impact on the Mobile Data Industry

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2000) PhoneOnline.com today announced it is a member of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. Comprised of more than 500 wireless device manufacturers, service providers, and application and content developers, the WAP Forum works to nurture the growth of WAP as the global standard for wireless information and telephony services accessed on hand-held devices such as wireless phones, PDAs and pagers.

WAP, one of the emerging technologies that PhoneOnline.com uses to customize wireless data solutions for its clients, is gaining in popularity because it is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services.

The collaboration of WAP Forum members such as PhoneOnline.com will ensure the interoperability of WAP-enabled mobile devices and content, said Scott Goldman, CEO of the WAP Forum. Our goal is that when WAP technology becomes widely available to consumers, they will be able to access and interact with the wireless Internet no matter who their service provider is or what kind of mobile device theyre using.

According to Cliff Hammock, PhoneOnline.coms liaison to the WAP Forum, the company joined the association to participate in the development of the WAP specification, and ultimately, to impact the direction that the mobile data industry takes in the future.

Members of the WAP Forum are invited to participate in working group meetings that address all issues relative to the WAP specification, ranging from security and protocols to billing and multimedia. PhoneOnline.com actively participates in the WAP Wireless Protocols Group (WPG), the WAP Interoperability Group (WIG) and the WAP Developers Group (WDG).

It is within these specific groups that we believe we can most contribute to the work at hand, which is developing a forward-looking specification that will have a lasting impact on the mobile data industry, Hammock said.