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Draft Wireless Application Protocol Specification published on the World Wide Web

WAP will enable Internet/intranet access combined with advanced telephony services on wireless devices

Cannes, France - February 17, 1998 - At a press conference held during the GSM World Congress the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum introduced the draft WAP specification. The specification is available from the WAP Forum website at http://www.wapforum.org/docs/

The publication of the draft specification signifies the beginning of the next phase of the WAP Forum's work. The founding members, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, and Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) have completed the first phase of their work with this draft. Now the new members of WAP Forum are able to contribute to the draft work and submit their feedback to the WAP working groups. The working groups will finalize the specification based on the feedback and will publish the version 1.0 specification in the spring of this year.

The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is targeted to bring Internet content and advanced services to digital cellular phones and other wireless terminals. WAP Forum aims to create a global wireless protocol specification that works across differing wireless network technology types, for adoption by appropriate industry standards bodies. Applications using WAP will be scaleable across a variety of transport options and device types. A common standard offers potential economies of scale, encouraging cellular phone and other device manufacturers to invest in developing compatible products. Cellular and other wireless network carriers and content providers will be able to develop new differentiated service offerings as a way to attract new subscribers. Consumers will benefit through more and varied choices in mobile communications applications, advanced services and Internet access.

In addition to the four founding partners, new members are now joining WAP Forum. Membership details are available at http://www.wapforum.org/apply/

Ericsson's 100,000 employees are active in more than 130 countries. Their combined expertise in fixed and mobile networks, mobile phones and infocom systems makes Ericsson a world-leading supplier in telecommunications. Find out about Ericsson on the web: http://www.ericsson.se

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1997 sales were $29.8 billion. Motorola (NYSE:MOT) can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.motorola.com

Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is a broad-scope telecommunications company supplying mobile phones, mobile and fixed telecommunications networks, data communications solutions, multimedia terminals and PC monitors. With sales in 130 countries, net sales totaled FIM 52.6 billion ($9.8 billion) in 1997. Nokia employs more than 36,000 people worldwide. More about Nokia on http://www.nokia.com

Unwired Planet (now Phone.com), headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, with European Headquarters in the UK, is a leading supplier of open standards based servers and microbrowsers to the Wireless industry. Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) provides secure, vendor-independent solutions which empower wireless handsets and operators with Email, Organizer, as well as Internet information access applications. Unwired Planet (now Phone.com)'s products support the GSM, TDMA, CDMA, CDPD, PHS and PDC wireless airlink standards. Visit the Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) Web Site at http://www.uplanet.com or http://www.uplanet.co.uk

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For further information, please contact:

Joakim Nelson, Senior Manager, System Planning
Ericsson Mobile Communications
Tel. +46 46 193 015

Agneta HŒrte-Jacobsson, Press Officer
Ericsson Business Area Mobile Systems
Tel. +46 8 404 5983

Sanjay Jhawar, European Business Manager, Smart Phone & Data Products
Motorola Cellular Subscriber Sector
Tel. +44 1256 790122

Barbara Jankowski, Public Relations Manager
Motorola Cellular Subscriber Sector
Tel. +44 1256 790173

Mikko Terho, Vice President, Wireless Data
Nokia Mobile Phones
Tel. +358 10 505 6868

Eija-Riitta Huovinen, Press Officer
Nokia Mobile Phones
Tel. +358 10 505 6920

Benjamin Linder, Vice President, Marketing
Unwired Planet (now Phone.com)
Tel. +1 650 596 5200

Malcolm Bird, Managing Director
Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) Europe
Tel. +44 1707 828 051


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