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GUPP chooses a la Mobile's Linux platform for dual-mode smartphone
Posted: 23-Oct-2006 [Source: a la Mobile]

[a la Mobile's Linux platform for mobile phones selected by GUPP Technologies for its dual-mode GUPP VoWiFI/GSM Smartphone.]

San Ramon, CA -- a la Mobile, Inc., the premier Linux systems platform company for mobile phones, today announced that it has successfully landed its first handset customer. GUPP Technologies Inc, (GUPP), a subsidiary of 3P International Corporation Ltd (3P), has selected a la Mobile's Convergent Linux Platform to be the software engine that drives its Dual-Mode VoWiFi/GSM Smartphone to be offered under the brand name GUPP(TM).

"Our success in signing the first customer shortly after the release of our Convergent Linux Platform version 1.0 on September 1, 2006 is an encouraging endorsement of a la Mobile's vision and positioning," said Pauline Lo Alker, President and CEO at a la Mobile, Inc. "With a complete Linux system stack readily adaptable to GUPP's handset hardware, from device drivers and Linux kernel to applications, a la Mobile enables GUPP to bypass a long and technically challenging development cycle, accelerating their time-to-market. We are pleased to partner with GUPP to quickly deliver an advanced Dual-Mode WiFi/GSM Linux Smartphone to market."

In recent years, VoIP has evolved from a primarily corporate adoption to a mainstream consumer deployment. Fueled by today's increasingly mobile lifestyle coupled with the demand for "non-stop" high-speed access made possible by WiFi hot spots in hotels, airports, coffee shops and throughout entire metropolitan cities, the dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone market is emerging as a fast-growing segment. More carriers are deploying wireless networks capable of providing high-speed Web connections via mobile phones and laptops. According to a Wall Street Journal Online article published on September 26, 2006, "dual-mode phones will take advantage of existing WiFi networks while extending its reach into homes." ABI Research, a market research firm, projects that handset manufacturers are expected to ship more than 300 million dual-mode phones by 2011.

"We see a growing market trend for a new class of providers to offer handsets and services from a variety of wireless companies in the next few years," said Guy Tessens, Managing Director of GUPP. "Our plan is to capitalize on the combined strength of a la Mobile's mobile Linux expertise together with 3P's long-term relationships with a broad network of distribution channels to gain traction on a mobile playing field worldwide."

The GUPP VoWiFi/GSM Smartphone is the first Dual-Mode Linux Smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, specifically designed to deliver ease of WiFi connectivity and superior battery life. The GUPP will give the end user full mobility to make SIP-based (Session Initiation Protocol) VoIP calls, Internet browsing, music download as well as sending and retrieving emails from any WiFi hotspot. The GUPP Smartphone is targeted to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2007 at the Sands, booth 70648.

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