DENSO Wireless to Integrate T9 Text Input in Next Version of Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone

    Tegic Communications, a subsidiary of America Online, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), and DENSO Wireless announced today the companies have signed a global licensing agreement which allows DENSO Wireless to integrate Tegic Communications' T9(R) Text Input software into its next generation of wireless phones.

    The Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone(tm) will be the first handset manufactured by DENSO Wireless to integrate T9 Text Input software. The phone, available exclusively through Sprint PCS, is slated for availability later this year. T9 Text Input makes text entry on wireless phones quick and easy, enabling wireless phone users to more easily use advanced wireless services such as Internet access and email.

    "With the integration of T9 Text Input, we are pleased to offer Sprint PCS subscribers a full-featured phone that makes it even easier to utilize Sprint PCS Wireless Web services," said Stuart Thomson, senior manager of DENSO Wireless. "T9 Text Input fundamentally improves wireless web utilization on the already easy-to-use DENSO wireless phone."

    "With the success of their phones in the marketplace and the recognition of the Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone as one of the best products of 1999, we are excited to partner with DENSO Wireless," said Don Davidge, vice president of sales and marketing for Tegic Communications. "T9 Text Input is the industry's leading solution for text input on wireless phones and we look forward to working with DENSO Wireless to help make today's new wireless services a reality."
About the Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone(tm)

    The Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone(tm) provides subscribers with a simple, affordable way to enjoy the clarity of voice and data services, all within a compact, lightweight design. Among the phone's many features are the ability to access the Internet, a built-in mouse that allows easy navigation through menus and functions and a large, easy-to-read 7-line LCD display.
About T9 Text Input

    By incorporating T9 Text Input into mobile communications products, companies are solving the fundamental problem of how to quickly and easily type and send messages. Although each key on a telephone keypad can be interpreted in multiple ways -- a single press on the "5" key could be "J," "K," or "L"-T9 Text Input uses an internal database to automatically scan possible variations to determine the correct word. For example, entering the word "call" into a mobile phone will take just four key presses with T9 Text Input rather than ten key presses required by conventional "multi-tap" text entry.
Language Availability

    While the Sprint PCS Touchpoint Phone(tm) will use Tegic functionalities for English only, T9 Text Input is available in a variety of languages including Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. T9 Text Input supports Simplified and Traditional stroke-based Chinese, as well as phonetic Pinyin and BoPoMoFo text input. Work is underway toward the completion of versions of T9 Text Input software for Eastern European and Middle Eastern languages.
About DENSO Wireless

    DENSO, a global supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components, is a leading manufacturer of wireless communications products such as PDC and PHS handsets, and intelligent communications systems in Japan, as well as CDMA and AMPS handsets in North America. In North America, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people at 16 sites. North American consolidated sales for 1998 totaled $3.1 billion. Worldwide, DENSO employs more than 72,000 people in 26 countries, including Japan. In 1998-99, consolidated global sales totaled nearly $14.5 billion.

    DENSO Wireless is a joint undertaking of three DENSO companies. DENSO International America's LA Laboratories provides engineering, research and development, while DENSO Sales California provides product planning, sales, marketing and technical support. Both are located in Carlsbad, Calif. The manufacturing facility, DENSO Wireless Systems America, Inc. is located in Vista, Calif. For more information please visit the DENSO Wireless web site at
About Tegic Communications

    Tegic Communications was founded in 1995 to develop and market communication technologies for the telecommunications and computing industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle and has offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

    Tegic's flagship product is T9 Text Input, the leading alphabet-based and Chinese and Japanese character-based text input software. T9 Text Input technology has been licensed to major consumer electronics and communications equipment manufacturers representing more than 90 percent of annual wireless phone production worldwide.

    In addition to DENSO, current licensees include Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Benefon, Bosch, Fujitsu, LG Information & Communications, Maxon, Memory Corporation, Mitsubishi, NEC, NeoPoint, Optimay, Panasonic, Philips, Qualcomm, Sagem, Samsung, Sanyo, Siemens, Sony, Telit and Voxson. The company has worldwide patents, both issued and pending, on T9 Text Input technology.

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