ALLTEL TEAMS WITH PHONE.COM FOR WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE
Little Rock and Charlotte to serve as test markets
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (March 9, 2000) ¾ ALLTEL
customers will soon be able to take the Internet with them wherever
ALLTEL and Phone.com, Inc.(Nasdaq:PHCM), a leading provider of mobile
Internet software and services, announced today that the companies
have signed an agreement to enable ALLTEL to trial wireless Internet
service using the Phone.com UP.Link server software. ALLTEL will offer
wireless Internet service to customers in Little Rock and Charlotte,
N.C. By the end of the year, ALLTEL plans to offer wireless Internet
in most of its top markets.
ALLTEL's wireless Internet service lets customers send and receive
e-mail, access certain Internet sites and get weather reports, sports
scores and stock quotes on their wireless phones. The company will use
Phone.com?UP.Link server software.
"The ability to access e-mail and the Internet anytime and anywhere is
a big step in further simplifying our customers lives," said Kevin
Beebe, ALLTEL's group president of communications. "Wireless Internet
service further enhances our popular digital advisor feature, which
allows customers to receive e-mail messages and other text messages on
their wireless phones."
"The convergence of the Internet and wireless communication has begun
to change the way people communicate, work and play," said Maurice
Jeffery, vice president of North American sales for Phone.com.
"ALLTEL's decision to rapidly bring to market, on a trial basis,
Phone.com's wireless Internet enabling technology is a fundamental
step toward recognizing the next generation of wireless communication
and new commercial opportunities."
ALLTEL is conducting technical trials for the new service in Little
Rock and Charlotte. After the trials, ALLTEL plans to offer wireless
Internet to customers in its top markets across the United States.
"The Little Rock and Charlotte trials will help us determine what
customers want the offering to look like and how it will be priced,"
said Roger Woziwodzki, director of wireless product management for
ALLTEL. "Additionally, the trial will ensure internal systems such as
billing and customer service are ready to support the service when it
is offered to customers."
Customers will need Internet-capable digital wireless phones to use
the wireless Internet service. ALLTEL currently offers the Qualcomm
860 and the Motorola 7860 handsets. By the end of the year, the
majority of digital handsets offered by ALLTEL will have a Web
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
ALLTEL provides communications services to more than 8.5 million
customers in 25 states and has information services clients in 55
countries and territories.
ALLTEL is a customer-focused, information technology company that
provides wireline and wireless communications and information
Phone.com, Inc. is a leading provider of software and services that
enable the delivery of Internet-based information 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, London 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.com's limited operating history, potential fluctuations in
Phone.com's operating results, uncertainties related to Phone.com's
long sales cycle and reliance on a small number of customers,
Phone.com's dependence on the acceptance of its products by network
operators and wireless subscribers, Phone.com's 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.com's 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.com's Form 10-Q for quarter ended December 31, 1999,
in its prospectus dated November 16, 1999 and in its other filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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