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eZiText(r) License Agreements go to Five Asian Handset Manufacturers
Posted: 01-May-2004 [Source: Zi Corporation]

[Asian handset manufacturers sign license agreement for Version 6 of eZiText predictive text technology as they focus on further penetration into the Chinese market.]

Calgary, Canada -- Zi Corporation, a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, announced that it has added to its growing base of original equipment and design manufacturers (OEMs and ODMs) using the Company's technology with the signing of licensing agreements for its new Version 6 of eZiText predictive text technology by five Asian handset manufacturers, increasing the worldwide total of licensees to more than 100. Under the terms of the various license agreements with these five new customers, Zi receives upfront fees and ongoing royalties based on the number of handsets embedded with its technology that are sold by each manufacturer.

The handset manufacturers include Bluewinc Co., Ltd., Pos & Tech Inc., Sungil Telecom Co., Ltd., and Codial Tech Co. Limited, all located in Korea, and Hong Kong-based Advanced Wireless Group Limited. The licenses signed by these customers include a combined total of 16 languages, which will be used to address the wireless markets in Korea, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Western Europe, Russia and other Eastern European countries. Of particular note, all five customers have a focus on penetrating the Chinese markets with the licensing of both traditional and simplified Chinese products.

Growth in the number of mobile phone customers continues to rise rapidly in many markets worldwide, and in particular, in China. According to the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, the number of mobile phone subscribers in China rose by 7.98 million in March alone, bringing the total to more than 290 million by the end of the first quarter of this year. In addition, as of the end of March the total number of mobile subscribers in China surpassed the number of fixed-line subscribers.

Version 6 of eZiText

eZiText(r) Version 6 delivers enhancements to languages and other predictive functions that make text entry quicker and easier for end users. In addition to an overall reduction in handset memory consumption, which improves implementation efficiency for Zi customers, the enhancements include new or improved features to increase learning and personalization for the end user, more robust language dictionaries for more accurate prediction capabilities, and enhancements to features such as lingo entry and prediction. New features such as dual language messaging, next word prediction and multi-source prediction enable users to increasingly "text" personal vocabulary faster.

The new product architecture of eZiText Version 6 provides customers, including OEMs and ODMs, language database quality updates that incorporate the most current and commonly used vocabulary and improved end-user functionality that can easily be integrated in a variety of wireless products.

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