DDI EZweb Services Give PDC Subscribers PIM, Email and Web Access Tokyo, Japan (November 1, 1999) ¾ Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) today announced that DDI Corporation will launch wireless Internet access services based on the Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite for its Japanese wireless customers using the Japan-wide PDC network. The new offering builds upon DDI's launch in April of wireless Internet access with the Phone.com UP.Link Server Suite under the EZweb brand name for customers using the cdmaOne network in Japan.
The new service will be provided through DDI-Cellular group and Tu-Ka Group. DDI-Cellular group plans to commence its service on November 1 and Tu-Ka Group plans to commence its service on November 25. As a result, DDI's PDC network wireless subscribers in Japan will have access to Internet-based services through EZweb. The services include e-mail and more than 140 content sites, including news, stocks, weather, travel, and sports, delivered to their wireless phones. In addition, subscribers will have PIM and PC web access.
These new DDI services will be accessible through mobile phones equipped with the Phone.com UP.Browser microbrowser.
"Our EZweb service has been very successful in the market," said DDI Executive Vice President Tadashi Onodera. "Japanese consumers have shown they want and need Internet information access from the screens of their Mobile phones. It is a great opportunity that two DDI groups are to launch the services on the PDC network in addition to the previously launched cdmaOne Network."
"Phone.com is delivering on our strategy to work with world class telecommunications companies to provide Internet access on mass market phones," said Chuck Parrish, executive vice-president for Phone.com. "We are delighted to partner with two of the largest Japanese wireless carriers to successfully introduce global standards-based Web-enabled phones to the Japanese marketplace."
The UP.Link Server Suite is an open and robust system that enables interactive Internet information services and telephony applications on wireless handsets running the UP.Browser. Phone.com's UP.Browser software is designed and optimized for mass-market wireless telephones. 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, giving network operators a new way to reach subscribers and add innovative services, with seamless integration of voice and data services.
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