INDIA’S LARGEST WIRELESS CARRIER, AIRTEL INDIA, SELECTS PHONE.COM TECHNOLOGY TO BRING WIRELESS INTERNET TO MARKET
Partnership Marks First Carrier in India to License Phone.com Software Solutions
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. July 11, 2000 Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) today announced that Indias largest mobile operator, AirTel India, has licensed Phone.coms Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) platform to bring innovative wireless Internet-based services to India. AirTel India, part of a joint venture with British Telecom (BT), is the first wireless carrier in India to license Phone.coms UP.Link software, becoming the first to provide mobile Internet access to its customers. BT previously announced it licensed Phone.coms MyPhone application platform for building its worldwide mobile portal.
Using Phone.coms UP.Link server, AirTels GSM network mobile customers will be able to access an extensive range of AirTels Internet-based services and applications. Mobile phone users can access the services using phones equipped with a WAP-browser such as the Phone.com UP.Browserä microbrowser. The Phone.com UP.Link software can easily accommodate AirTels network as it expands with future growth.
We have selected Phone.com as the supplier of WAP technology because of their overwhelming command of the global wireless Internet marketplace, reputation, and the superior grade of their technology, said Sanjay Kapoor, chief operating officer of AirTel India. Being able to bring the best of wireless Internet services to our customers and meet their info-communications demands is what will continue to make us Indias leading wireless communications provider.
India is rapidly emerging as the next spot for an explosive wireless Internet takeoff, said Tony Miranzadeh, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Latin America for Phone.com. AirTels choice of technology further illustrates that Phone.com continues to successfully execute on its mission of enabling strategic and trend-setting wireless carriers in key markets around the globe.
Phone.com currently licenses its software to more than 60 carriers worldwide, enabling carriers to empower customers with real-time access to email, news, stocks, weather, travel and sports information from the convenience of their digital phone. Phone.coms Professional Services group will assist AirTel India in rapidly integrating the UP.Link Server Software into its network.
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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