REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Bell Atlantic Mobile (NYSE:BEL), Motorola (Nasdaq:MOT) and Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) announced today a collaborative effort to deliver Wireless Application Protocol based over-the-air provisioning capabilitiesfor CDMA handsets. This effort combines Internet and telephony open standards to create a system capable of delivering provisioning information as well as electronic customer care to Bell Atlantic Mobile subscribers via CDMA phones. Motorola will provide the initial CDMA phones used by this effort, launching with Phone.com's version 3.1 UP.Browser™ and migrating towards full WAP compliance in 2000. The results of the collaboration will be submitted to the CDMA Developments Group's (CDG) Over The Air Handset Management Subgroup for stage II standardization.
Bell Atlantic Mobile licensed an enhanced version of the Phone.com™ UP.Link™ Server Suite. The UP.Link system enables Bell Atlantic Mobile to gain more control of its costs by dynamically managing which networks its customers "roam" on outside of the company's service territory. With the system,Bell Atlantic Mobile will be able to "steer" customers to a select list of wireless carriers' networks which offer the best service available outside the company's footprint and the most favorable roaming fees. This capability will further improve the economics of Bell Atlantic Mobile's SingleRate" digital price plans.
With the over-the-air provisioning system, Bell Atlantic Mobile will be able to provide its subscribers with a new level of customer care by automatically keeping each mobile phone updated with the most recent versions of network information such as roaming lists, area code information, and other data parameters. The UP.Link Server Suite will also provide Bell Atlantic Mobile with the opportunity to deliver electronic customer care. Subscribers will be able to check their bill,and interactively manage their individual account features directly from the interface on their mobile phone.
Bell Atlantic, Motorola and Phone.com are committed to the use of open standards, such as WAP, to achieve a flexible provisioning system that can rapidly adjust to fast-changing technology requirements. As mobile phones gain more functionality, such as Internet microbrowsers, contact management and email, the carrier must manage more complex user profiles. In the future, this provisioning system will be based on open standards and available to all CDMA carriers, handset manufacturers, and software suppliers.
"The WAP based over-the-air provisioning system will allow us to expand our sales channels and provide a new level of customer care," said Richard Lynch, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "It is our vision to provide our customers with instant activation, updated software, access to Email and the Internet plus e-care services in a manner that is completely automated and personalized for the customer. With the UP.Link Server Suite and Motorola's browser-enabled phones, customers will begin using their wireless handsets as functional tools for accessing banking information, purchasing products or other Internet-based information services."
"Motorola is pleased to play a leading role in bringing a new generation of Internet-capable CDMA solutions to market," said Janiece Webb, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Personal Networks Group. "We are able to push the technology further with Internet and over-the-air provisioning capabilities for our CDMA handsets. Motorola is committed to provide WAP compliant browser and server capabilities to the industry and views this solution as an important first step towards that goal."
"Phone.com's products leverage our WAP technology leadership to provide carriers with secure, powerful, and extensible over-the-air provisioning capabilities," said Alain Rossmann, chairman and chief executive officer of Phone.com. "As wireless phones and networks become more feature-rich our products will allow carriers to automatically update the software and settings of these phones without subscriber intervention. We expect that revenue from this activity will impact our company in our FY2001."
About Bell Atlantic
Mobile Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 120,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.4 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work…" community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.
Motorola is a global leader in advanced electronic systems and services. It liberates the power of technology by creating software-enhanced products that provide integrated customer solutions and Internet access via wireless and satellite communications, as well as computing, networking, and automotive electronics. Motorola also provides essential digital building blocks in the form of embedded semiconductors, controls and systems. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion.
Phone.com, Inc. (formerly Unwired Planet, Inc.) is a leading provider of software that enables the delivery of Internet-based 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 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 resultsto differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limitedto, Phone.com's limited operating history, potential fluctuationsin the company's operating results, uncertainties related to the company's long sales cycle and reliance on a small number of customers, the company's dependence on the acceptance of its products by network operators and wireless subscribers, the company'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 is included in Phone.com's prospectus dated June 10, 1999 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
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