REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Funambol, the mobile
open source software company, today announced the general availability
release of Funambol v3. The announcement extends the company's reach to the
mass market and puts open source on a collision course with proprietary
mobile email vendors in what some consider the next technology battlefield.
Funambol v3 provides mobile carriers with an open, cost-effective
solution that can provide address book and calendar synchronization, and
push email, for hundreds of millions of consumers with commodity cell
phones. For enterprises, the new version helps cut costs as more of their
workforces go mobile. The software also opens push email -- long the domain
of RIM BlackBerry -- to a global community of open source developers, which
the company expects will drive greater innovation and benefits for
"Mobile email for consumers hasn't taken off because most consumers
cannot afford the large monthly fees offered by the current players," said
Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "We are combining open source and mobile
email -- which have enjoyed wild success in the corporate world -- to help
carriers eventually deliver low-cost push email on commodity handsets."
Since its preview release earlier this year, the number of Funambol
software downloads has doubled to 600,000, reflecting pent-up demand for
mass market mobile applications. The software is being downloaded by a
burgeoning community of developers that are testing it on a wide range of
mobile devices all over the world. Carriers are increasingly interested in
Funambol for its expected ability to reach the largely untapped market for
consumer push email.
"Over 500 million people have an email account and most of them have a
cell phone, but only 1% are currently managing their contacts, calendars
and email with their wireless handset," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. VP and
Chief Analyst for Mobile and Wireless at Frost & Sullivan. "Funambol's open
source solution provides a low cost offering for a large part of the
Funambol v3 is available in Carrier, Community (open source) and
Network (for enterprises) Editions. All editions provide over-the-air
synchronization of contacts, calendars, to-do lists and other Personal
Information Management (PIM) data. They also provide push email
capabilities for sending, receiving and forwarding email, and allow users
to open attachments, check email online and offline, and accept or decline
meeting events. Each edition also delivers specific benefits for specific
-- The Carrier Edition enables end users to manage device settings and
preferences via a web portal that can be integrated into a carrier's
website. The Edition is certified for deployment on high availability
infrastructure, with fault tolerance, scalability features and support
for commercial application servers (such as WebLogic and WebSphere) and
RDBMSs (such as Oracle).
-- The Community Edition is the open source project for the Funambol
community. It has been enhanced with software that was previously
closed source, such as connectors for the Exchange and Domino email
-- The Network Edition, for enterprises, is functionally similar to the
Community Edition; however, it consists of an annual subscription that
includes three technical support incidents, proactive software update
notices and access to a customer support portal.
Honest Public License
The Community Edition is the first software to include Funambol's
Honest Public License (HPL). Funambol previewed the HPL last month to
address an application service provider "loophole" in GPLv2. GPLv2 requires
that people who distribute software to the public to publish their code.
The HPL clarifies that software distributed as a service falls under the
intent of GPLv2. HPL applies to Funambol server code while GPLv2 continues
to apply to Funambol client code.
Funambol v3 is available today for Windows and Linux. The Carrier
Edition and Network Edition can be purchased by contacting Funambol Sales.
The Community Edition can be downloaded from the Funambol website at
Funambol v3 will support an increasing number of mobile devices over
the coming months. It supports Windows Mobile PocketPCs today and will
support Windows Mobile Smartphones soon. The company is working with major
device manufacturers to include SyncML 1.2 for push email on their new
devices. Funambol will release a J2ME client for Java phones, initially for
the Motorola RAZR, early next year. Funambol provides open source plug-ins
that sync PIM data on BlackBerries and Palms and is working with the
community and third parties to add support for push email.
Funambol is also working with the community on connectors and plug-ins
that access email and PIM data from leading consumer services such as
Yahoo! mail, gmail, MySpace and Skype. These supplement existing Funambol
open source connectors for Exchange, Domino and POP/IMAP.
Funambol is the mobile open source company. Funambol's Mobile
Application Server offers "push" email, multimaster PIM synchronization,
and management facilities for mobile devices. Funambol (formerly known as
Sync4j) is an open source development platform for mobile applications that
has been downloaded more than any other wireless middleware product --
600,000+ times. The commercial version has been deployed at wireless
carriers, Fortune 100 enterprises, hardware OEMs/ODMs and ISVs including
customers such as Computer Associates. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood
City, California with a development center in Italy. See www.funambol.com.
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