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Openwave launches 3G video voicemail and video portal
Posted: 11-Sep-2004 [Source: Openwave]

[Openwave announces new Video Voicemail and Video Portal for end-user creation of highly personalized mobile greetings.]

La Jolla, Calif,. -- Consumers can now create their own personal video greeting on their mobile phones for any of the different people in their life -- from a boyfriend or girlfriend to a supervisor at work to a family member. Openwave Systems Inc. announced the availability of Openwave Video Voicemail and Openwave Video Portal, to help operators offer an enhanced and personalized user experience for 3G networks and phones.

Openwave Video Voicemail and Portal will make it easier for operators to drive the much-needed awareness and adoption of 3G services, by delivering an intuitive user experience for all of their 3G services. Operators can benefit from an easy-to-implement technology that consolidates a number of their services onto one platform (voicemail, video voicemail and video content).

Richard Wong, general manager of messaging at Openwave said, "By giving end users the option to leave different types of video messages for different people in their social network or work environment, operators can perfect the user experience by giving users a voice and character that's truly their own."

Examples of customized video greetings, which users can modify for different audiences, include:

* Designing a personal greeting that allows subscribers to record themselves. Examples include a parent recording a message for their child away on an overnight stay at camp where the child gets the message, "Goodnight honey. I will see you tomorrow." A business case scenario is recording a video for a supervisor with the message, "I am away from the office please leave me a message."

* Among the celebrity greeting options, users can opt to select "Dirty Harry" with a video voicemail of Client Eastwood saying "You've got to ask yourself a question -- Do I feel lucky?" to their boyfriend/girlfriend or friend.

* For gaming buddies, they can pick a character, like Avatar or a character from Doom, to leave their messages and the "animatron" will lip synch the message with the end user's voice recorded.

Openwave Video Voicemail differs from other video solutions on the market because it offers more than just a traditional "record-and-send" video message. Received in a similar fashion as a voicemail greeting, Openwave Video Voicemail offers a highly personalized greeting that allows users to personalize different video images for any audience and also provides a video tutorial that guides the end user through the set-up of the new service. The service activates when users make a phone call and the receiving party does not pick up.

Openwave's Video Voicemail and Video Portal are part of Openwave's IP-based voice messaging platform, which allows operators to run multiple services, making it easier to integrate the products needed to deliver an intuitive messaging experience. Openwave's messaging products are designed with all subscribers in mind so subscribers on legacy phones will still receive multimedia and video messages in a format best designed for their handset.

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