Phone.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PHCM), and Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia's largest telecommunications company, today announced that Telstra Corporation has launched commercial service using the Phone.com Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-compatible UP.Link Server Suite. The Telstra.com service offering includes email, CNN News, financial services, sports, and weather. These new Telstra services can be accessed through mobile phones equipped with a WAP-compatible microbrowser such as the Phone.com UP.Browser microbrowser.
"Bringing access to the Internet via WAP is central to Telstra's strategy for increasing the value of our services and brand to the Australian consumer," said Mr. Dick Simpson, group managing director for Telstra OnAir. "Phone.com's UP.Link Server software enables us to launch these services rapidly and reliably, with the confidence of supporting access from all WAP handsets coming to market."
"Phone.com and Telstra have both been leaders in creating WAP, and now are again showing leadership in bringing commercial services to market," said Alain Rossmann, president and chief executive officer of Phone.com. "We expect that the high penetration of Internet usage in Australia combined with Telstra's innovative rollout of mobile services will lead to a very widespread WAP adoption."
The UP.Link Server Suite offers wireless network operators such as Telstra, a complete WAP-based solution to enable their subscribers to gain access to Internet-based content and applications. As a proven and scaleable WAP gateway, the UP.Link Server Suite supports any wireless phone equipped with a WAP 1.1 -compliant micro browser, such as the Phone.com UP.Browser. The UP.Link Server Suite also enables interactive information services and applications, including Email, Visual Voicemail, Personal Organizer and Electronic Customer Care. Since 1997, Phone.com's solutions have been licensed to over 44 of the network operators worldwide.
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