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January 7, 1998

Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) establish
Wireless Application Protocol Forum Ltd.

Other industry partners and operators can apply for WAP Forum
membership and contribute to the specification work

A new company, Wireless Application Protocol Forum Ltd. (WAP Forum), has been established by Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Unwired Planet (now Phone.com). This non-profit company will administer the worldwide WAP specification process and facilitate new companies contributing to WAP specification work.

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 welcome to join WAP Forum. Members may contribute to the current specification work, participate in driving the continuing evolution of WAP and nominate and elect additional directors to the board of WAP Forum. In order to become members of WAP Forum, interested companies need to apply to join. All the details including the application form can be found on the web at www.wapforum.org.

Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) introduced the architecture of the Wireless Application Protocol for public review and comments on 15 September 1997. Building on this, the various WAP technical working groups have been working intensively over the last few months and will make the first complete draft of the detailed specifications available for review by new members before the end of January 1998.

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: 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, defence and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1996 sales were $28 billion. For more information, visit Motorola on the web at www.motorola.com

Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is a leader in digital technologies including mobile phones, cellular and fixed telecommunications networks, wireless data solutions and multimedia terminals. With sales in approximately 130 countries, net sales totaled FIM 39.3 billion ($8.5 billion) in 1996. Nokia employs more than 36,000 people in 45 countries. Nokia's shares are listed in Helsinki, New York, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Paris. Visit Nokia's website at 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 www.uplanet.com or 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 and 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

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