Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM) and Hyundai (HEI), today announced that HEI has licensed the Phone.com UP.Browser WAP-compatible microbrowser for use in its CDMA phones. The license agreement enables HEI to embed Phone.com's UP.Browser microbrowser in CDMA phones to be introduced worldwide. HEI plans to commercially ship an exciting new handset in the Korean market within the next thirty days. The UP.Browser will enable HEI mobile users to wirelessly access and interact with Internet and intranet data through wireless carriers who have licensed the Phone.com UP.Link server software.
"Phone.com has proven their technical leadership, significant time-to-market advantage and global deployment track record," said Hun Lee, senior vice president of Cellular R&D Center for HEI. "CDMA operators throughout Korea, North America and Japan have licensed the Phone.com UP.Link server, making the UP.Browser microbrowser a logical choice for HEI. "
"The agreement with HEI demonstrates Phone.com's continued commitment to provide WAP-based software to handset manufacturers worldwide," said Jeff Damir, vice president of business development for Phone.com. "The incorporation of Phone.com's microbrowser will enable HEI to provide the Korean market with the latest in wireless Internet information services through its CDMA phones."
The P-2 is a CDMA 1.8GHz digital phone of HEI. Featuring a full-sized keypad in a compact, clamshell-style PCS phone, the P-2 weighs only 79g(2.78 ounces) with slim battery. It also features voice dialing, vibration call-alert, calculators, calendar and large LCD window for graphic user interface. Equipped with the Qualcomm MSM 3000 chip, 14.4 kbps data transmission is possible. Adaptation of UP.Browser enables mobile Internet access. The P-2E, 1.9 GHz version of the P-2, will be introduced in January 2000 in the U.S. market
HEI is among the 25+ companies that have licensed Phone.com's UP.Browser. UP.Browser is currently being ported to more than 50 distinct phone models for all major digital standards, including CDMA, GSM, iDEN, PDC, PHS and TDMA.
Phone.com's UP.Browser is a WAP-compatible microbrowser 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 a variety of wireless telephones and utilizes each mobile phone's specific display and input characteristics, such as graphical displays and programmable keys. UP.Browser in combination with each phone's existing user interface software allows network operators to reach subscribers and add innovative services while utilizing seamless integration of voice and data services.
Phone.com provides handset manufacturers with portable software modules that can be easily ported to existing phone models thereby greatly reducing the required 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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