ATLANTA, March 23, 2004 — MSN, a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers, and QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced MSN® Mobile services enabled with QUALCOMM’s BREW (TM) solution. MSN Mobile services for the BREW solution will enable consumers to access MSN Hotmail®
and MSN Messenger services in a rich and familiar way via select mobile handsets.
“The MSN goal is to enable customers to access the people and information that matter most anytime, anyplace. To do this, we’re working to deliver a great consumer experience by providing rich and familiar MSN Mobile services,” said Brian Arbogast, corporate vice president of MSN Communications Platforms at Microsoft Corp. “By working with QUALCOMM and its BREW solution, we’ve been able to develop advanced MSN Mobile services that can easily be ported to a range of handsets, enabling us to potentially introduce more and more people to rich MSN Mobile services.”
“QUALCOMM is thrilled to team with an established, leading communications provider such as MSN. This collaboration further validates the BREW system as a great choice for companies to offer their branded content to operators around the world,” said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM Internet Services. “It has been wonderful working with the MSN team on these exciting wireless initiatives. MSN Mobile services for BREW is an exciting new application that we expect will benefit existing MSN subscribers as well as attract new users.”
Today, there are more than 170 million active MSN Hotmail and 120 million MSN Messenger customers worldwide. Mobile operators that deploy MSN Mobile services for BREW could tap into this existing customer base to deliver mobile Web services such as these:
MSN Hotmail. MSN Hotmail for MSN Mobile enables consumers to access their inbox online and offline and receive personalized alerts for designated e-mail messages.
MSN Messenger. MSN Messenger for MSN Mobile enables consumers to remain visible online to their contacts even without an active data connection, receive alerts on their handset when their contacts want to communicate via instant messaging, and carry on simultaneous or multiparty conversations concurrently.
QUALCOMM’s BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 24 manufacturers have offered more than 120 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States; China Unicom; KDDI in Japan; KTF in South Korea; Hutchison Wireless CAT in Thailand; Telstra in Australia; VIVO in Brazil; BellSouth Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Panama and BellSouth Per; Movicom in Argentina; Telcel in Venezuela; Verizon in the Dominican Republic; Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico; and Pelephone in Israel.
QUALCOMM Incorporated ( www.qualcomm.com ) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S & P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market®
under the ticker symbol QCOM.
MSN attracts more than 350 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 38 markets and 18 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and ad sales to businesses worldwide. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/ . MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx .
About MSN Mobile
MSN Mobile extends the familiar MSN experience to mobile devices, providing a convenient way for customers to stay in touch with the people and information most important to them. MSN works with more than 60 mobile operators in 25 countries to deliver a range of MSN Mobile experiences and solutions, including broad short message service (SMS) and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services, rich client solutions for feature phones, and advanced experiences with Pocket MSN on Windows Mobile (TM) -based devices.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including QUALCOMM’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended Sept. 30, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.
Microsoft, MSN, Hotmail and Windows Mobile are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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