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Panasonic Licences Unwired Planet (now Phone.com)'s WAP Microbrowser for Five Airlink Protocols

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (March 17, 1999) - Unwired Planet (now Phone.com), Inc. (UP) and Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. (MCI) today announced that MCI has licensed UP's WAP-compatible microbrowser for integration in Panasonic's next generation of digital wireless mobile phones that support the GSM, TDMA (IS-136), PDC, PHS and cdmaOne® airlink standards. Under the comprehensive agreement, MCI licensed the UP.Browser™ microbrowser, which will enable Panasonic® to offer innovative microbrowser features and compatibility with the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) specification.

The first trial product modifying Panasonic's G600 with an integrated UP.Browser will be demonstrated at the CeBit '99 Trade Show, March 18-24, 1999 in Hannover, Germany, at the Panasonic Exhibit (Hall 1, Stand 6c-2).

"As a member of the WAP Forum board of directors, MCI is committed to and supports the development and global use of WAP," said Eiichirou Murata, Director of Multimedia Communications Development Center. "With UP, we can seamlessly implement advanced technologies to position MCI as a dynamic leader with rapid time to market and leading edge functionality."

"UP is pleased to be working with Panasonic to integrate our WAP-compatible microbrowser in digital wireless mobile phones," said Alain Rossmann, Chairman and CEO of Unwired Planet (now Phone.com). "Time to market will be important as wireless network operators move to deploy WAP-compatible network services. By working together, Panasonic and UP are well positioned to offer innovative products with WAP functionality."

Panasonic is the leading supplier of PDC and PHS handsets for the Japanese market, as well as a leading supplier of GSM handsets. Panasonic is focused on satisfying consumers and working closely with leading operators worldwide to satisfy their requirements with innovative displays, advanced easy-to-use features and reasonable prices. Panasonic handsets will provide the compelling wireless information access capabilities that network operators want to deploy across multiple airlink standards.

As a leading supplier offering WAP-ready servers and microbrowsers across multiple airlink standards, UP offers a flexible, comprehensive and mature platform for delivering valued added telephony applications and wireless Internet access. UP's WAP-compatible microbrowser technology can be implemented across entire product lines, without adding to the cost or size of handset form factors.

UP's open software platform allows operators to lower costs and differentiate services offerings, through the continual introduction of new features and functionality, which directly benefit consumers. The rich functionality of UP-enabled phones will drive consumers to expect a browser in every handset.

About Matsushita
Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. (MCI) is an affiliate of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and specializes in telecommunications, measuring, audio-visual systems, and automotive electronics. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. founded in Osaka 80 years ago, has grown into one of the world's largest manufacturers of quality electronic and electric equipment, serving consumer, industrial and business markets. Matsushita's products are sold under such brand names as Panasonic, National, Technics and Quasar in over 180 countries. For more information on Matsushita or Panasonic, visit http://www.panasonic.co.jp/ and http://www.panasonic.co.jp/mci.

About Unwired Planet (now Phone.com)
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, with operations in the UK and Japan, Unwired Planet (now Phone.com), Inc. is a leading supplier of open standards based servers and microbrowsers to the wireless Internet industry. UP provides an open software platform that delivers secure, scalable and live interactive applications and information services to wireless handsets. The UP.Link™ Platform, commercially available since 1996, empowers mobile subscribers with interactive live access to information and value-added applications, such as Email and Personal Organizer. UP is a founding member of the WAP Forum, as well as a contributor to the emerging WAP worldwide standard. The company is privately held. Visit UP on the Web at www.uplanet.com® or www.uplanet.co.uk.

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The Panasonic name and logo are registered trademarks of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. cdmaOne is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group (CDG). The Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) name and the family of terms carrying the "UP." prefix are trademarks and the Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) logo and uplanet.com are registered trademarks of Unwired Planet (now Phone.com), Inc. All Rights Reserved. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners.

For further information please contact:

MCI in Europe
Hiroshi Tamano
Matsushita Communication Industrial (UK) Ltd.
Tel +44 1635 875 579
Fax +44 1635 873 638
[email protected]
MCI in Asia-Pacific
Yoshihisa Tatsumi
Personal Communication Division
Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd.
Tel +81 45 544 3530
Fax +81 45 544 3557
[email protected]
UP in N. America
Rowan Benecke
PR21, San Francisco
Tel +1 (415) 439-8811
Fax +1 415-439-8902
[email protected]
UP in Europe
Holly James
Text 100 Ltd.
Tel +44 (0) 181 242 4104
[email protected]
UP in Asia-Pacific
Kazuhiko Ishii
Nihon Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) K.K.
Tel +81 3 5322 2936
[email protected]


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