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Company to Exit Handset Business and Scale Operations
to Achieve Breakeven during 2005

Wavecom SA today announced plans to further restructure the organization as it focuses on accelerating growth in its vertical markets business, which includes automotive, machine-to-machine (M2M), and consumer products such as wireless local loop phones, mobile computers and wireless PDAs.  This restructuring will include the exit from the handset market, as well as the termination of semiconductor development.  The company’s new structure, which is to be put in place immediately, will result in significant additional headcount reductions, primarily from the closure of the Personal Communication Devices (PCD) business unit and the semiconductor design group, as well as reductions of support functions in Asia and France.

Wavecom’s CEO, Ron Black, along with the Board of Directors and the senior management team, made the strategic decision to refocus the company’s business entirely on vertical markets both because of the company’s strong position in several of these markets and its inability to find a partner for its handset business in a timely manner.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Black said, “Over my first three weeks on the job, I have visited customers and partners around the world, all of which asked us to move quickly to focus the company and regain profitability.  We believe this restructuring, our significant position in several of the vertical markets, and long history of technology innovation in both GSM-based and CDMA-based standards, will enable us to achieve this goal.  In fact, we are targeting to achieve breakeven during in the second half of 2005 with a quarterly revenue run rate of €40 million and a gross margin of 33% to 35%.  Longer-term, we also believe the unique requirements of the various vertical markets offer exciting opportunities for new products and services that will fuel future profitable growth.” 
 
With more than eight years of experience in the vertical markets, Wavecom has a leadership position in the automotive and M2M sub-segments, and is a pioneer in both wireless PDAs and wireless local loop products.  Over the medium-term, the company  believes that the non-handset wireless market will more than double from 2004 to 2006, with global shipments around  40 million units by 2006.
 

From an organization standpoint, the company’s restructuring will focus on better serving customers  and driving revenue growth in three geographic regions:  the Americas, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  Leading the Americas region will be Pierre Piver, formerly head of the Vertical Applications Business Unit; the APAC region will be led by Didier Dutronc, formerly head of the Personal Communication Device Business Unit; and continuing to lead the EMEA sales team will be Franck Souguir  In connection with the reorganization, Wavecom’s Chief Financial Officer, Deborah Choate, has decided to resign in order to pursue a new business opportunity.  Ms. Choate, who joined the company as CFO in 1998, played a key role in bringing the company public in 1999 and during her six-year tenure has provided invaluable support to the company’s management team and the investor community.  She will be succeeded by Chantal Bourgeat, previously Director of Finance and Administration at Wavecom S.A.  Following the restructuring, the company expects its global workforce will not exceed 300, compared to 860 at December 31, 2003.  Headcount reductions are expected to be concluded by the end of 2004. The amount of charges to be incurred in connection with the headcount reduction is estimated to be a maximum of  €17 million, the bulk of which is expected to be expensed in the fourth quarter of 2004.

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OurPictures, the first consumer digital photo network designed for easy photo sharing, announced today at DEMOmobile 2004 a multi-year partnership with Cognima, the UK based effortless mobile services company, to create OurPictures Mobile, an all-new photo sharing solution targeting camera phone consumers.

OurPictures Mobile integrates the wireless interface from Cognima Snap(tm) and the photo sharing network from OurPictures to produce a seamless single click photo sharing experience from the mobile phone to the PC desktop and beyond.  Once a picture is snapped with a camera phone, a single click will transfer the image to friends and family, as well as the sender's PC desktop, without losing any of the photo quality. Members can also configure the service to automatically upload new images to OurPictures without any clicks at all.

"Cognima's photo upload system is the key to making OurPictures Mobile as easy to use as a point and shoot camera and is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Cognima Snap service," said John Paul, CEO of OurPictures. "Together, we tackled the problem of getting photos from camera phones to a PC -- and ultimately other devices -- and distilled it down to just a single click," he added.

"OurPictures delivers an elegant solution based on a common vision: the more automatic we make the process of sharing photos for the consumer, the more likely that this service will reach critical mass," said CEO of Cognima, Simon East. "We think our collaboration will have incredible implications for the role of photography in people's lives and the volume of pictures shared, since mobile phones are something you always have with you and OurPictures Mobile is so easy to use."

Camera phones are becoming ubiquitous, with some models available to U.S. consumers for as little as $35 with mobile plans. With one megapixel phones entering the US market - and two and three megapixel phones prevalent in Asia - high-quality camera phone images are now available. Within two years, photos from mobile handset cameras will become the mainstream source of new photos of vacations, friends and family. According to InfoTrends, worldwide camera phones sales will hit 150 million in 2004 resulting in an additional 29 billion digital images captured. By 2008 sales growth is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 55% and will reach 656 million units.

As the first industry-wide solution to enable automatic uploads of photos and video clips from a camera phone to a PC in just one click, OurPictures Mobile(tm) will be available commercially in October 2004 throughout North America and the UK on supported phones for $1.99 per month.

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Comptel Corporation, leading convergent mediation and provisioning software vendor, has today introduced its new Comptel EventLink mediation product release to further enhance operator’s usage information management, usability and revenue recovery

The new feature rich, multi-vendor mediation platform version is available for customers during third quarter 2004. Comptel EventLink 5 is part of Comptel’s Operations Support Systems (OSS) product family including solutions for pre- and post-paid usage charging as well as subscriber and service activation and real-time rating. With the regular introduction of major product releases Comptel’s objective is to strengthen it’s leading position by being always a step ahead of competition.

“Thanks to working with our many active customers, we have been able to reach a new level of sophistication in mediation systems. This release brings a wealth of architectural and functional improvements that help our customers to conduct their business more efficiently,” said Katri Sahlman, Senior Vice President, Products and Solutions, Comptel Corporation. “The changes and enhancements were introduced according to the customers needs from various mobile, fixed and cable operators worldwide. As examples needs are varying from the high-level overview of rejected usage records to the flexible method of distributing the solution to several new hosts.

Since the efficiency in all operations is extremely important for today’s telecom operators, smoother day-to-day operation became one of the main themes in Comptel EventLink 5”.

From the business perspective, the mediation software’s added value for the customers lies in the optimisation of day-to-day service usage collection, enrichment, delivery and charging costs.  Comptel EventLink 5 provides the required flexibility for supporting the operators business in a changing environment.

For all customers, Comptel EventLink 5 offers a feature rich, multi-vendor mediation platform with swift installation. With over 200 off-the-shelf interfaces a fast integration to any vendor’s network or OSS/BSS is possible. The future proof mediation solution does not require unfounded upfront investments as it scales flexibly. Resource consumption is optimised for small and mid-frame as well as large systems. When an operator expands, Comptel EventLink 5 is adaptable to any new service or network. This provides remarkable savings in operational costs.

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Testing in The Hague to verify FLASH-OFDM for Mobile Broadband IP Services

Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM mobile broadband system, today announced that T-Mobile International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has deployed a trial of Flarion's system for mobile broadband services in The Hague, the Netherlands.

A network of RadioRouters has been installed and the first group of friendly users is already using the network. T-Mobile has been testing FLASH-OFDM as a mobile broadband data solution for Europe and the USA since 2003 and will now collect data on usage, and customer behaviour.

"T-Mobile is constantly investigating and screening new mobile broadband technologies," said Dr. Hans-Eckhard Krüger, Executive VP, Systems Engineering, T-Mobile International. "As a leader in existing wireless broadband technologies like 3G and WiFi, we are eager to learn more about future technologies."

Users will experience a mobile data service of around 1Mbps capable of bursting to 3.2Mbps in the downlink and 300-500kbps in the uplink, bursting to 900kbps. Since FLASH-OFDM is an IP based radio technology with sub 50ms latency, existing enterprise applications will be fully transparent.

"T-Mobile is a leading visionary for the industry and a strong partner for Flarion," said Ray Dolan, chairman and CEO of Flarion Technologies. "T-Mobile's diligent testing is helping to make Flarion's system more robust and user friendly, as commercialisation of mobile broadband becomes a global reality."

Flarion's technology is currently in market and technology trials with operators which include Nextel Communications (USA), Vodafone KK (Japan), Telstra (Australia), and the city of Washington D.C. (USA) for public safety and security communication.

With Flarion's IP friendly FLASH-OFDM technology, mobile operators can seamlessly connect enterprise customers to corporate LANs and consumers to the Internet with the speed and low packet latency that exceed stringent wired network requirements, with mobile broadband and cellular coverage. With FLASH-OFDM, users do not need to make any modifications to user settings, applications, protocols, content or devices to experience mobile broadband with cellular coverage.

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Nokia is first with 3GPP Release 4 architecture for voice in 2G and 3G networks.

The Nokia MSC Server System, Nokia's new voice core network for 2G and 3G, has reached the volume delivery stage, and volume deployments of the solution are taking place worldwide.

The MSC Server System brings operators significant savings in the delivery of voice minutes by reducing the cost of building and operating mobile networks. The system is already used for live commercial voice traffic by leading operators in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
 
Nokia is the first vendor to provide a 3GPP Release 4 compliant MSC Server System that fully handles GSM/EDGE and WCDMA services in the same network elements, which means that migration to combined GSM/WCDMA networks can be accomplished cost-efficiently. Nokia's solution is also fully backwards compatible with GSM/EDGE and Release 99 WCDMA specifications and interfaces.
 
"The Nokia MSC Server System is a perfect solution for core network optimization, bringing significant cost-savings for operators. At the same time, it offers long-term investment protection, and will play an important role in networks compliant with 3GPP Release 5, Release 6 and Release 7 specifications," says Juha Äkräs, Senior Vice President, Core Networks, Networks, Nokia.
 
The Nokia MSC Server System allows operators to concentrate call control to larger centers, while distributing switching functions to locations close to traffic hot spots. It also enables a safe and standardized way to implement carrier-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) service in mobile networks. The MSC Server System brings considerable savings in operating expenditure for voice in both 2G and 3G networks, and enables significant cost-efficiencies also to operators with a pure GSM/EDGE circuit core network using TDM point-to-point connections.
 
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry.  Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses.  Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges. 

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OEMs to benefit from reduced time-to-market from compliant and highly integrated reference designs

picoChip today announced the availability of complete software implementations for HSDPA picocells and 802.16 (WiMAX) basestations, the PC8218 and PC8520 respectively.  Both "off the shelf" systems run on the company’s PC102 picoArrayTM, the world’s most powerful DSP.  The PC8520 and PC8218 will speed time to market for OEMs with robust, "carrier class", highly-integrated solutions that significantly reduce the system bill of materials (BoM).

Doug Pulley, co-Founder and CTO at picoChip, said: "Many OEMs are cautious about trusting reference designs, but we have demonstrated the capabilities and performance of our solutions.  We believe these are leading solutions for 802.16 and HSDPA.  Our partners are benefiting from the improved performance, higher integration, lower BoM and time to market savings that they enable; what is more, they can easily upgrade as standards evolve."

These WiMAX and HSPDA products were market driven, and were designed together with industry leaders.  Both the PC8520 and PC8218 are being designed into commercial basestations, based on the PC102, which is currently shipping in production quantities.

Carolyn Gabriel, Research Director at Rethink Research Associates, added, "In these times there is a real necessity for speedy entry to market combined with product differentiation to succeed.  picoChip have made this goal readily available to OEMs working with 802.16 and HSDPA.  This is the first time anyone can easily harness the full power of the picoArray with fully characterised and interoperable solutions.  Both markets value flexibility and upgradeability – negating the fear of obsolescence will be very attractive to operators.  picoChip’s growing customer base is evidence that manufacturers are paying attention."

The picoChip PC8520 WiMAX basestation solution provides a software-defined implementation of the 802.16-2004 PHY, for the 256OFDM mode with "carrier-class" reliability and performance.  The PC8520 enables basestations to be WiMAX-certifiedTM.  The reference design supports includes subchannelization and antenna diversity.This is a flexible solution; the software upgrade to 802.16e for mobility, including scalable PHY and advanced FEC, will be available next year.

The PC8218 HSDPA picocell replaces the company’s previous reference design by integrating the complex Iub interface, significantly reducing system BoM and simplifying integration.  HSDPA increases the speed of WCDMA basestation up to 14.4Mbps and is increasingly seen as a critical requirement by operators.  The PC8218 implements all baseband processing for WCDMA FDD 500m 32 user picocell for voice, DCH data or HSDPA services.

Delivering 200GIPS and 40GMACs the PC102 picoArray device is the highest performance DSP on the market. In a typical basestation, a single PC102 replaces a number of conventional DSPs and FPGAs, yet is easy to programme in assembler or standard ANSI C. The comprehensive toolchain allows applications to be easily and efficiently programmed, simulated, verified and tested in a single environment – significantly reducing development time and cost.
Time to market is further accelerated through the use of picoChip’s extensive software libraries, which provide a speedy, cost-competitive and low risk route to market for fully compliant wireless infrastructure.  The system is also well suited to any other advanced wireless technology, including 4G research and software defined radio (SDR or JTRS), smart antennas and MIMO.

The PC102 processor array is available now.  picoChip is currently working with lead customers on projects that include the PC8218 HSDPA picocell and PC8520 WiMAX basestation solutions, which will be generally available from December 2004.

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GemVentures Invests in SoloMio

Gemplus International,  the world's largest provider of smart card solutions, and SoloMio, a visionary leader in next-generation Smart Call services and technology, today announced a strategic partnership that will accelerate delivery of call completion solutions to mobile operators. Together, the companies will jointly market and develop call management and call completion solutions for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards that will enable telecommunications operators to capture revenue normally lost to uncompleted calls.

The strategic partnership is part of a larger commitment by Gemplus and GemVentures to SoloMio.  GemVentures, the corporate Venture Capital fund of Gemplus, will have a minority equity interest in SoloMio. Additionally, Philippe Vallée, head of Gemplus' Telecom Business Unit, will join the SoloMio Board of Directors.  Philippe Vallée is chairman of the Board for the SIM Alliance and has tremendous experience in both telecom and the smart card industry.  To reinforce this partnership on a practical level, SoloMio has joined Gemplus' partner program, SIMXplore, which works with content and service providers to offer SIM-based solutions to operator's networks.

"Our partnership with SoloMio is multi-layered to provide both companies with the greatest benefit in this competitive market," said Philippe Vallée, Executive Vice President, Telecom Business Unit for Gemplus.  "SoloMio is very well positioned as an innovator in the call completion and call management space.  The combination of our efforts will make the operators more successful, giving them new branded services for increased average revenue per user."

Combining the Smart Card technology with SoloMio's solutions enables mobile operators to successfully drive more calls to a billable conclusion, increasing the operator's profitability and the average revenue per user by recapturing revenue normally lost to uncompleted calls. In addition, the operator-branded services enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The companies will collaborate on further development of solutions that can be provided to end users "over-the-air" for a wider market deployment.  More and more, operators are searching for ways to brand their services and increase end user loyalty.  Over-the-air is a more effective way of transmitting data, value-added services or applications to an existing customer's handset that doesn't require the customer to physically remove and service the SIM card.  The companies will cross train their sales forces and coordinate solution services to support operator rollouts of SIM renewals. 

"Gemplus has a global footprint that is unmatched in the industry and SoloMio's partnership with Gemplus strengthens our position and momentum in the marketplace.  Through our cooperation, we can accelerate penetration of call completion services that are ultimately more profitable for the operator and more supportive for the end user," said Richard Schwartz, CEO at SoloMio.

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Licensing deal, reseller agreement and purchased assets enrich Nokia's offering for the Symbian OS ecosystem and endorse Metrowerks core technology

Nokia Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of applications development tools based on the Symbian Operating System and to license core development tool technologies from Metrowerks Corporation, an independent subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor.

Upon completion of the acquisition, the development and support resources of the Metrowerks tools portfolio for the Symbian OS will be transitioned to Nokia. In addition, Nokia Inc. will make employment offers to approximately two-dozen Metrowerks employees, who are experts in these products. This will complement the acquisition by bringing in the skill set required to develop and support the portfolio. The employees will be located in a newly established Nokia Inc. office in Austin, Texas.

Under the terms of the agreement, Metrowerks plans, upon closing of the agreement, to license its core technologies, including its debugger, compiler and award winning CodeWarrior(tm) Integrated Development Environment to Nokia, and certain extensions to that core technology related to the Symbian OS will be transferred to Nokia.  Nokia intends to invest in the platform-specific technologies, and also add new features and support to the newly acquired tools. At the same time, Metrowerks will continue to invest in and extend its core technologies.  The combined offering helps ensure availability and further the evolution of the highest quality development tools for device and application creation on the Symbian OS.

The anticipated transaction is expected to benefit the entire Symbian ecosystem, resulting in faster time to market by providing a single source for platform and device development processes. It also is expected to help developers build a broader and more versatile pool of applications for Symbian-based platforms such as Series 60, 80 and 90, and Symbian UIQ. Consequently, consumers and businesses using Symbian OS-based devices can expect to have access to a wider selection of innovative applications.

"This agreement illustrates Nokia's commitment to Symbian as the best operating system for advanced mobile devices as well as our support to Symbian as the leading mobile platform for device creation and application development," said Pertti Korhonen, CTO, Nokia. "The transaction will enable Nokia to provide developers with a comprehensive wireless tools portfolio, helping them to grow their mobile application revenues. We are very happy to work with Metrowerks in this important area."

The closing of the transaction, subject to customary conditions, is expected to occur during the 4th quarter, 2004. Upon completion, the suite of development tools for the Symbian OS based platform and related support will be available through Nokia and its channels, both to independent software developers as well as to the entire Symbian OS ecosystem, including licensees.

"Metrowerks is committed to working closely with Nokia to enhance and extend support for the Symbian platform with world class core technology," said Matt Harris, President and CEO, Metrowerks. "This deal is great news for the Symbian OS development community, and it gives Metrowerks core technology a significant position in Nokia's wireless development tools portfolio."

Metrowerks will be a reseller of the Nokia tools. The company will also continue to serve the Symbian community with enhancements to its core technology and with its line of CodeTEST(tm) Software Analysis Tools.

The transaction will enhance Nokia's developer offering, delivered by Forum Nokia, by adding sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools for developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) into the portfolio. At the same time, Nokia will continue its close collaboration with the current development tools vendors supporting the Symbian OS. Offerings from those vendors are critical in covering various developer segments and securing developers' freedom to use tools of their choice.

The employees related to the transaction are scheduled to become a part of the Technology Platforms unit within Nokia. The new team will work closely with Forum Nokia, which delivers technical and business support to almost 1.5 million registered developers at forum.nokia.com. Nokia forecasts it will ship approximately 100 million developer platform devices during 2004.

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Andrew Corporation is investing an undisclosed amount in CPS (Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd), a mobile location technology developer. The investment strengthens the relationship between the two companies and their joint development of innovative high accuracy mobile locating solutions for the global GSM and 3G cellular markets

CPS and Andrew previously announced in February the formation of a partnership to develop a new generation of wireless caller locating products that offer significant performance and cost advantages for applications such as commercial location-based services, public safety, and security.

"This investment strengthens our balance sheet and will fund further development of our Matrix products and technology," said Chris Wade, chief executive officer of CPS. "Both CPS and Andrew are fully committed to the delivery of fast, accurate, low cost mobile locating solutions to help unlock the vast potential of location-based services for mobile network operators. Andrew's E911 market strength in the U.S. will be a significant benefit to this partnership."

"Our investment in CPS is another indicator that we continually innovate with effective and efficient new technologies in our mobile locating systems," said Terry Garner, Andrew president of network solutions. "Andrew continues to support customers with the most technologically flexible and cost-effective high-performance GSM mobile locating platform, supporting a broad global spectrum of location-sensitive applications."

The two companies will integrate CPS' Matrix software-only mobile locating solution into Andrew's Geometrix® product line as part of a flexible suite that applies multiple caller location techniques. Geometrix provides mobile location data for applications such as commercial location-based services (LBS), public safety, and security. Already a leading supplier of wireless caller location systems, Andrew Corporation will license the CPS Matrix solutions for global distribution beginning in the fourth quarter of 2004.

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Welcome to the 9300

Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, today announced the Nokia 9300, a new high-end smartphone with both beauty and brains. With outstanding voice and data capabilities, the Nokia 9300 provides the best all-in-one device for users, regardless of workstyle or lifestyle.

On the outside, the Nokia 9300 is a slim and elegant mobile phone. When opened, the device reveals a full keyboard and 65,536 color screen that can be viewed from almost any angle, at a desk or on the move. The voice functionality of the Nokia 9300 is superior when compared to most data-centric devices that combine PDA-like features with a mobile phone. Additionally, the compact design of the Nokia 9300 makes it effortless to use with either hand.
 
"The Nokia 9300 will appeal to a wide range of professionals who want powerful functionality from a data-enabled device without compromising the look, comfort, simplicity and usability of a standard mobile phone," said Niklas Savander, senior vice president of Nokia's business device unit.  "We believe the Nokia 9300 strikes that balance in one stylish smartphone, without sacrificing the combined functionality that many people require but until now could only get from carrying multiple products."
 
"For as long as individual users account for the volume of device sales, the styling of a device will be as important to its success in the enterprise, as its range of data capabilities," said Kevin Burden, program manager for IDC. "A device that can be accepted as a person's primary mobile phone as easily as it performs as an application processing platform can have great success in the growing enterprise mobility market."
 
The Nokia 9300 features one-touch access to personal information and office applications through eight dedicated function buttons on the device's integrated keyboard. A five-way joystick allows users to easily navigate menus to find the features and functions they need to quickly accomplish tasks and find information.
 
"The Nokia 9300 incorporates what we know about superior usability, elegant design and powerful functionality," continued Savander. "We believe it's the smartest smartphone on the market today. It's an important addition to Nokia's high-end product portfolio."
 
This tri-mode world phone supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. Five party conference calling via an integrated speakerphone and multiple e-mail clients (with attachments), including BlackBerry Connect* support, enable seamless and encrypted mobile connectivity in and out of the office. The Nokia 9300 also integrates infrared and Bluetooth capabilities, giving users two different ways to wirelessly synchronize their devices to a desktop PC or laptop, as well as exchange data with other mobile devices.
 
The Nokia 9300 has 80 MB (expandable up to 2 GB with an optional MMC card) of free user memory - more than sufficient for storing emails, documents, presentations, text and multimedia messages, ring tones, data files, calendar notes and "to-do" lists - or downloading applications, for work or play, that are available for the Nokia 9300 from over 1.25 million registered developers.
 
Additional features include:
Bluetooth audio support for handsfree conversations
Bluetooth data support and USB connectivity for easy data transfer or synchronization
A variety of email clients with a support for IMAP4, POP3, SMTP, SyncML and BlackBerry Connect*
Security features including SSL/TLS, IPsec VPN for secure mobile access to corporate information, equipped with personal firewall and anti virus software**
High speed internet browsing via HTML/XHTML browsing, HTML 4.01 and JavaScript 1.3 supported
An in-built office applications supporting documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and a PDF viewer, to take your office on the road
MP3 and multimedia player for entertainment in and out of the office
 
Planned availability for the Nokia 9300 is in the 1st quarter 2005. Nokia will offer two tri-band versions of the Nokia 9300 - one optimized for mobile networks in Europe and Asia (GSM900/1800/1900 MHz) and one optimized for mobile networks in the Americas (GSM850/1800/1900 MHz), yet both versions are able to roam in GSM networks across regions. For further information on features and availability, please visit www.nokia.com. For information on pricing, please contact your local Nokia representative.
 
*Nokia 9300 supports BlackBerry Connect. Not included in basic sales package. Operator dependent feature.
** Not included in the sales package

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Telekom Austria's mobile communications subsidiary, mobilkom austria, today announced the start of a customer friendly “push-to-talk” test trial, becoming the first mobile provider in Austria to launch the initiative. Following extensive testing with several manufacturers during the past months, mobilkom austria’s customers can now try out push-to-talk technology free of charge. Feedback from these selected customers will help shape the final product design, in order to optimally meet customer needs.

"Push-to-talk" is attracting increasing international attention and has long been on the market in the USA. This new voice transmission technology works similarly to a walkie-talkie: all it takes is the push of a button on the mobile phone, and you are instantly connected to one or more recipients. Push-to-talk transmits voice in packet form via GPRS. The connection is made instantly, considerably simplifying phone conferencing, announcements, as well as casual conversations among friends.

Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, Chief Operating Marketing, Sales and Customer Service Officer said: "We want to offer our customers innovative products, services and additional features. Both business as well as private customers – especially young people – can benefit from this product's added value and usefulness."

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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. 

At  Demo  Mobile today, Openwave Systems, the
leading   provider   of   open  software  products  and  services  for  the communications  industry,  announced  the  availability  of  Openwave Video Voicemail  and  Openwave  Video Portal, to help operators offer an enhanced and personalised 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).

"The lesson that the industry at large has learned from gaming and entertainment applications is that personalisation is key for driving revenue in the operator community,"  said Richard Wong, general manager of messaging at Openwave. "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 thats truly their own.  As a result, operators can attract and keep subscribers with this service."

Examples of customised 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 arry" 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 "animation" will lip synch the message with the end users 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 personalised greeting that allows users to
personalise 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.

Openwaves Video Voicemail and Video Portal are part of Openwaves 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.  Openwaves 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.

"Openwave is helping operators attract new users and build loyalty with existing customers by offering the newest applications and services supported by third generation networks or 3G." said Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMO conferences.  "When it comes to wireless data,
consumers demand personalization; Openwave is taking data services beyond gaming, ringtones, and wallpapers to the next generation of messaging where end users can personalize the messaging experience through video messaging."

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A beautiful few weeks

Telekom Austria's mobile communications subsidiary, mobilkom austria, today announced that just a few weeks after the launch of Vodafone live! in June in Austria, expectations have been exceeded.

 Almost 300,000 customers of mobilkom austria have access to the new mobile lifestyle service – 60,000 of them have a Vodafone live! package for EUR 5/month, enabling the use of content and free surfing on the portal. Moreover, 45,000 Vodafone live! mobile phones have been sold.

Hannes Ametsreiter, mobilkom austria’s Chief Marketing, Sales and Customer Services Officer said: "Data revenues from our customers with a Vodafone live! mobile phone are more than twice as high as those from other mobilkom austria’s customers."

Over 80 % of mobilkom austria’s Vodafone live! customers take advantage of the great variety of games, ring tones, information and entertainment. On the average they spend almost an hour monthly on the mobile portal of Vodafone live!.

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