MOBILE INFORMATION DYNAMICS (MID) LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL HORSERACING
INFORMATION SERVICE USING PHONE.COM'S UP.LINK SERVER
Using mobileGet Handsets equipped with UP.Browser, Subscribers can
browse Horseracing Information
TOKYO, Japan (April 5, 2000) ¾ Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM), a
leading provider of mobile Internet software, applications and
services, today announced that Mobile Information Dynamics (MID) has
commercially launched its data communications services provided
through the Japanese nationwide Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) system
and Personal Handyphone System (PHS) network using the Phone.com(TM)
UP.Link(TM) Server beginning April 1, 2000.
The new service allows Mobile Keiba Information Club (M KIC)
subscribers to browse through horseracing-related information using
the NTT DoCoMo's "mobileGet" handset, which is WAP-enabled and
equipped with Phone.com's UP.Browser(TM) microbrowser. Members of the
Mobile Keiba Information Club (M KIC) will be the first to take
advantage of MID's new service.
WAP is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with
wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and
services. Phone.com was a founding member of the WAP Forum, the
industry association comprising of over 300 member companies. The
forum has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless
information and telephony services on digital mobile phones.
"We are delighted to be working with MID using NTT DoCoMo's mobileGet
handsets to bring the very popular and well-received horseracing
service to subscribers of the Japan Racing Association," said Ben
Linder, vice president of marketing for Phone.com. "Now, through the
convenience of a mobile phone equipped with a Phone.com UP.Browser
microbrowser, subscribers can get horseracing information whenever
they want from wherever they are."
MID, the mobile information service provider financed by ITOCHU
Corporation, Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., NTT DoCoMo
Inc. and others will install and operate the Phone.com UP.Link WAP
Gateway and manage the content services associated with this service.
Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) is a leading provider of software,
applications and services that enable the delivery of Internet-based
information and voice 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
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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