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Openwave Software Deployed by Sprint for PCS Vision Applications
Posted: 27-Sep-2002 [Source: Openwave press release]

[Sprint deploys Openwave Systems software offering "enhanced ways" for PCS Vision customers to use their wireless handsets.]

Rewood, Calif. -- Openwave Systems Inc., the worldwide leader of open communication infrastructure software and applications, today announced that its software has been deployed for PCS Vision applications from Sprint, allowing consumers to see and hear new and enhanced ways to use their wireless phones.

Through the use of Openwave's software, PCS Vision customers can personalize their PCS Phones and enhance the experience of existing and new applications including:

1) Easily send and receive alerts through Openwave's Push technology about sports scores and other information users want pushed to their phones. This technology is part of Openwave's Push Edition of the next generation Mobile Access Gateway product line. Based on Open Mobile Alliance standards, the core technologies in this product line provide an easy path to providing next-generation mobile services.

2) Discover and download new games such as Tetris, CyRace, Ms. PAC-MAN(tm), PAC-MAN(tm), Space Invaders(tm) by Taito, Defender(tm), as well as ringers and screen savers to personalize Vision-enabled PCS Phones with Openwave Mobile Browser and Openwave Download Manager.

-The new browser supports full color graphics and helps users easily find the games, web sites, and ringers with the ability to save and reuse pictures, sounds and web pages.

-Openwave Download Manager is the software that allows games, Java applications, ringers and screen savers to get delivered "over the air" to the handset.

-How Openwave Download Manager Works: Subscribers use their wireless phone's web browser to discover compelling content for their phone, using a personalized view of available content. On selecting the desired content such as a Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME)-based game or a new ringer from the storefront, payment is confirmed and the content can be downloaded immediately over-the-air to the wireless phone. Content that is purchased is automatically stored in the subscriber's personal vault enabling subscribers to access the content that the subscriber has rights to even if the content is deleted from the wireless device. Charges for purchased content can be applied conveniently to the subscriber's wireless phone account.

3) Conveniently self-activate their wireless phones, laptops and PDAs "over-the-air" for Third-Generation (3G) wireless data services with Openwave Provisioning Manager.

4) Improve the wireless messaging experience with Openwave's messaging infrastructure, which helps move messaging traffic reliably and securely across different applications and networks.

"Openwave's expertise in wireless data and messaging and its proven implementations of supporting advanced networks and applications has helped transform the way consumers use their Vision-enabled PCS Phones," said John Garcia, senior vice president of sales and distribution for the PCS division of Sprint. "Openwave's experience and technology will help Sprint accelerate the adoption of using a PCS Phone for more than just a phone call in the U.S."

"We have seen and experienced the importance of the right handsets, networks and compelling applications to drive wireless adoption among consumers in Japan," said Richard Wong, senior vice president of worldwide marketing of Openwave. "We believe PCS Vision brings these important factors to the U.S. with the right clarity, technology and aggressiveness to propel U.S. consumers to use their wireless phones for more than voice calls."

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