AIRTOUCH LAUNCHES WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS WITH PHONE.COM'S UP.LINK
AirTouch Rolls Out Mobile Web Service to Select Markets
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (March 15, 2000) ¾ Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:
PHCM), a leading provider of mobile Internet software and services,
today announced that AirTouch Cellular, part of Vodafone AirTouch Plc
(NYSE and LSE:VOD), has launched its Mobile Web Service using the
Phone.com(TM) UP.Link(TM) Server Suite. This launch announcement is
being made only weeks after the original agreement between the two
companies was announced on February 3, marking rapid time-to-market.
Under the terms of the original agreement, AirTouch will use
Phone.com's UP.Link Server Suite to provide wireless Internet access
to its customers through any Internet-enabled phone equipped with a
microbrowser such as the Phone.com UP.Browser(TM) microbrowser.
AirTouch will initially offer the Mobile Web service in digital
markets throughout Michigan and Ohio, and in Washington and Oregon,
ahead of an expanded launch planned for second quarter. The Phone.com
UP.Link Server Suite will enable AirTouch to bring to its Mobile Web
subscribers a wide variety of Internet information services, including
email, news, stock quotes, weather, travel and sports.
"Phone.com is very excited to be working with AirTouch, with its
worldwide reputation for innovative communication and connectivity
products," said Ben Linder, vice president of marketing for Phone.com.
"This commercial launch will provide AirTouch subscribers in select
areas the opportunity to experience first-hand the convenience and
effectiveness of wireless web access."
"The ability to access web-based information from the mobile phone is
a truly compelling enhancement that will bring even more convenience
to both business users and consumers alike," said Cliff Fitterer,
managing director of wireless Internet services. "We're excited to
bring the AirTouch Mobile Web to market."
The UP.Link Server Suite offers network operators a complete WAP-based
solution to enable their subscribers to gain access to Internet-based
content and applications. The Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite is in its
fourth generation, providing a scalable and robust implementation of
the WAP protocol. Since 1997, Phone.com's solutions have been licensed
to over 50 of the world's leading operator networks.
Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM) 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, Hong Kong,
London, Paris, Seoul, and Tokyo. Visit http://www.phone.com for more
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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