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Phone.com Updates Wireless Browser

Mobile Net software firm Phone.com Inc. this week will introduce version 4.1 of its microbrowser for wireless handsets at the GSM World Congress conference in France.

Based on the Wireless Application Protocol, the microbrowser will be demonstrated on WAP-based phones from Siemens, Samsung and Sagem. To date, Phone.com's (PHCM) microbrowser has been licensed by more than 25 leading wireless handset makers to offer clients access to Internet and intranet data through wireless carriers who have licensed the Phone.com UP.Link WAP gateway.

Phone.com's UP.Browser 4.1 was designed as a WAP 1.1 device and includes all required layers of the WAP stack. After months of testing, Phone.com plans to submit the UP.Browser v4.1 to the WAP Forum certification authority for formal testing.

Additionally, Phone.com anticipates that the UP.Browser v4.1 will ship with speedy 128-bit encryption for U.S. and international markets, based on recent US government policy decisions and Phone.com's receipt of U.S. export authorization.

"We are especially pleased that Siemens, Samsung and Sagem are preparing to deliver high volume phone models that will enable operators to offer WAP services to a wide segment of users," said Jeff Damir, vice president of business development for Phone.com.

Coincidentally, Phone.com also said it would open a new WAP testing facility in Northern Ireland this April. There companies can test various combinations of WAP gateways and microbrowsers using interoperability test suites that were used in recent commercial WAP launches.