BEDMINSTER, NJ, RALEIGH, NC and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — BEDMINSTER, NJ, RALEIGH, NC and SAN FRANCISCO, CA Summus, Inc. (USA) (OTCBB: SUMU), a leading provider of solutions that change the way information is communicated and processed through mobile devices and networks, Snapfish, the nation's leading online photo service and Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, today announced Verizon Wireless customers can use Snapfish Mobile—a new mobile personal photo-sharing application on Verizon Wireless' Get It NowSM service.
Snapfish Mobile, powered by BlueFuel™, allows customers to share, print and store photos directly from their wireless phone. The application lets customers share digital camera prints as well as traditional film photos. When Get It Now users send their film to Snapfish, they receive their prints and negatives, plus the images are scanned into an online album. Through Get Pix on Get It Now, customers can access their Snapfish account seamlessly from their phone and use the various features they are familiar with on the Web. BlueFuel is Summus' Superfast, Superthin™ platform designed for efficient and easy interaction with information in the mobile environment.
"Adding Snapfish Mobile to our menu of Get It Now services helps us anticipate a growing reliance of our customers to have information at their fingertips from virtually anywhere," said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless data and Internet services for Verizon Wireless. "Not to mention that having access to precious photos can be fun as well as necessary for some professionals, such as those in real estate or insurance."
"Verizon Wireless customers will have complete access to all their film and digital photos wherever they go," said Raj Kapoor, president and co-founder of Snapfish. "It's like carrying your entire set of photo albums with you." "We're pleased that Verizon Wireless has recognized Snapfish Mobile as a powerful application that will give its customers added value and flexibility," said Bjorn Jawerth, CEO at Summus. "Verizon Wireless continues to offer applications powered by BlueFuel and we look forward to providing Verizon Wireless with other value-added applications that will generate revenue for both companies."
Verizon Wireless customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download Snapfish Mobile over the air onto their phone and pay just $2.99 per month. As an introduction to Snapfish Mobile, Snapfish offers the first roll of film developed free and 10 free digital camera prints with a subscription to the service. The Get Pix application is available on the Motorola T720, currently $79.99 with a $100 trade-in mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement. Customers can purchase Get It Now-capable phones at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the country, at participating RadioShack locations, or online at www.verizonwireless.com.
With over 3 million members and more than 85 million photos online, Snapfish is the leading online photo service. Snapfish targets the majority of the population owning film cameras, in addition to the growing base of digital camera users, with a value proposition that cannot be equaled. When customers send film to Snapfish, they get a full set of prints on Kodak paper and a password-protected online album they can use to edit, share and store their photos - all for $2.99 per roll. Digital camera users can also take advantage of online services for free and order film-quality prints, on Kodak paper, for as low as 25 cents each. Snapfish has been rated the number one online photo service in surveys from PC Data and received top quality ratings from Popular Photography and Yahoo! Internet Life. Additional information is available at www.snapfish.com.
Summus, Inc. (USA), based in Raleigh, N.C., has developed a series of solutions that change the way information is communicated and processed through mobile and wireless networks. Summus offers a host of products and services based on its BlueFuel platform that enable wireless users to access multimedia services faster and on a wider range of mobile devices. exego™ is a Summus mobile application, powered by BlueFuel, that gives users the ability to access, share, and transfer files and digital multimedia information of any size to and from any location in the world via their mobile phone or PDA. For more information, visit www.summus.com.
About Get It NowSM
Get It Now service from Verizon Wireless expands a wireless phone into an entertainment device that can also increase personal productivity. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. Get Games and Get Fun keep customers entertained, while Get Going applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with Get Pix or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with Get Tones. A variety of license-pricing options from a free demonstration to single use to monthly subscriptions are available.
This press release contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the statements regarding the Company's strategic vision to enable higher quality multimedia applications for moderately priced mobile phones and the possibility of future wireless multimedia applications enabled by the Company's BlueFuel solutions, are not based on historical fact, but rather reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future events. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be different from those projected in any forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, may cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements: (1) a lack of sufficient financial resources to implement the Company's business plan, which has resulted in the Company's receiving a "going concern" opinion from its independent accountant with respect to its audited financial statements as of and for the period ended December 31, 2001; (2) the Company's dependence on the continued growth in demand for wireless Internet usage; (3) the rapid pace of technological developments in the wireless communications industry, particularly with respect to the availability of greater capacity or faster transmission speeds (also known as "broadband" transmission); (4) the degree of market acceptance of the Company as a viable wireless technology provider and of its wireless data services, including wireless e-mail; (5) technological competition, which creates the risk of the Company's technology being rendered obsolete or noncompetitive; (6) the lack of patent protection with respect to the Company's technology; (7) potential infringement of the patent claims of third parties; and (8) the Company's dependence on its key personnel and the risk of the loss of their services. The Company hereby disclaims any obligation to publicly update the information provided above, including forward-looking statements, to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
BlueFuel, Superfast, Superthin, and exego are trademarks of Summus, Inc. (USA.) All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 31.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
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