Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) today announced that NEC, Casio, Kyocera, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, DENSO, Toshiba, Hitachi and Matsushita (Panasonic) have licensed the Phone.com UP.Browser microbrowser for development of their wireless phones. Under the agreements, each company's UP.Browser license will enable it to offer a state-of-the-art Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-compatible microbrowser on their wireless phones.
"Phone.com is pleased to be partnering with leading Japanese manufactures such as NEC, Casio, Kyocera, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Denso, Toshiba, Hitachi and Matsushita (Panasonic) who have worldwide reputations for developing quality, cutting-edge, products," said Ben Linder, vice president of marketing for Phone.com. "It's very exciting to see leading handset manufactures implement our WAP V1.1 compliant software for additional features that can enhance the end-user experience while providing innovative capabilities that satisfy operator requirements."
These ten companies are among the 25+ licensees of the UP.Browser, which is currently being ported to over 40 distinct phone models for all major digital standards, including CDMA, GSM, PDC, PHS and TDMA.
Phone.com's UP.Browser software is a WAP compatible microbrowser that is designed and optimized for mass-market wireless telephones. Using UP.Browser, wireless subscribers can access Web-based information and services that are hosted on network operators' or third-party Web servers. Due to its open and highly portable architecture, UP.Browser can be embedded into different types of wireless telephones and utilize each mobile phone's specific display and input characteristics, such as graphical displays and programmable keys. UP.Browser, combined with each phone's existing user interface software, gives network operators a way to reach subscribers and add innovative services, with seamless integration of voice and data services.
Phone.com provides handset manufacturers with core and interface modules, which they adapt to existing phone models, greatly reducing their R&D investment. Handset manufacturers can optimize the integration of UP.Browser into their wireless handsets with the technical assistance, documentation and tools of Phone.com's OEM support organization.
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