T9 Text Input Recognized as Best Consumer Product of the Year by the Washington Software Alliance

    Tegic Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), announced today that its flagship product, T9(R) Text Input, received the Washington Software Alliance (WSA) Industry Achievement Awards Best Consumer Product of the Year award.

    The honor was presented last night at the fifth annual WSA Industry Achievement Awards ceremony held in Seattle. T9 Text Input makes it easier for users of mobile phones and other wireless devices to quickly and easily enter text and take full advantage of the device's text-based features.

    "T9 Text Input is truly a revolutionary product. By enabling new text-based wireless applications, T9 Text Input is changing the way people communicate in our increasingly wireless world," said Bob Hart, president and general manager of Tegic Communications. "We are honored to be recognized by our peers in the Washington software industry. This award is a well-deserved acknowledgement to the energy, effort, innovation and quality of the Tegic Communications team."

    T9 Text Input software has become the global standard for easy text entry on wireless devices. More than 40 different consumer electronics devices including, mobile phones, personal digital assistants and MP3 devices, have integrated T9 Text Input software. In addition, wireless phone manufacturers who are responsible for more than 90 percent of the worldwide handset production have licensed T9 software.

    According to Hart, over the next two to three years, hundreds of millions of wireless phones will ship with T9 Text Input as a key feature.

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