TICKETMASTER ONLINE-CITYSEARCH AND PHONE.COM FORM ALLIANCE
Will Enable Mobile Access to Tickets, Reservations and Local
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and PASADENA, Calif. (April 3, 2000) ¾
Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Inc. (Nasdaq: TMCS), a leading local
portal and transaction company, and Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM), a
leading provider of mobile Internet software, applications and
services have agreed to work together to accelerate the deployment of
in-depth local content and transaction capabilities via the mobile
phone. TMCS will utilize the Phone.com(TM) WAP Software Developer's
Kit, UP.SDK(TM), to optimize its local content for mobile phones
manufactured by more than 25 leading handset manufacturers who use
Phone.com's UP.Browser(TM) WAP microbrowser. Phone.com will encourage
its network of more than 50 operator customers to work with TMCS to
take advantage of localized wireless content in their service
TMCS is extending its deep local content and transaction services to
wireless devices providing mobile users access to tickets,
reservations and local information. Soon mobile phone users looking
for a restaurant review, a theater ticket, a hotel reservation or a
tee time will be able to get the information and complete the
"Phone.com's strong position with the network operators complements
TMCS' strength in providing local information, reservations and
ticketing," said Paul LaFontaine, Vice President of Corporate
Development for Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Inc. "Phone.com will
enable TMCS to create an ideal mobile user interface and enhance the
quality of consumer experience for millions of wireless subscribers. "
"We expect that Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch will be the first
company to allow consumers to buy tickets directly from the screen of
a mobile phone," said Ben Linder, Vice President of Marketing for
Phone.com. "With the development of the wireless Internet, TMCS'
invaluable local information will be at your fingertips whether you
are at your desk or on the go."
Phone.com is a founding member of the Wireless Application Protocol
(WAP) Forum that now has more than 300 member companies. WAP is the de
facto global standard for delivering wireless content to phones.
Phone.com provides the UP.Link(TM) WAP gateway that is licensed to
network operator, UP.Browser(TM) microbrowser which is licensed to
handset manufacturers, and the UP.SDK, a software developers toolkit
which TMCS will use to adapt their best of breed content for mobile
phones. The Phone.com UP.SDK WAP Software Developer's kit is available
free of charge at http://updev.phone.com.
About Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Inc.
Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Inc. (Nasdaq: TMCS) is a leading local
portal and transactions company that provides in-depth local content
and services to help people "get things done" online. TMCS offers
practical tools for living that make the Internet an indispensable
part of peoples' everyday lives. The TMCS family of Web sites includes
citysearch.com, ticketmaster.com, store.ticketmaster.com,
cityauction.com, match.com, sidewalk.com, museumtix.com,
livedaily.com, astroabby.com, reservations.citysearch.com and
careers.citysearch.com. TMCS is located in Pasadena, California
About Phone.com, Inc.
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, 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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For further information:
Contact Phone.com Worldwide Public Relations
Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Inc.
Nancy Scott Lyon
+1 626 660 2530
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