General Availability of Funambol Mobile Open Source Software Enables Mobile Data Access for Mass Market Consumers

Funambol Release Provides Custom Editions for Carriers, Enterprises and

Open Source Community

Sep 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from Funambol

    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
 underserved market."
     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.
     About Funambol
     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
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