myFUNAMBOL Now Available by Invitation, Provides First Over-the-Air Mobile Contacts App for iPhone

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Funambol, the
 mobile open source software company, announced it will begin inviting
 consumers today to join the new myFUNAMBOL portal to access free mobile
 email, contacts and calendars on everyday cell phones. myFUNAMBOL also
 provides the first over-the-air mobile contacts application for the new
 iPhone, which demonstrates the pace of innovation available with open
 source.
     myFUNAMBOL is now available to users by invitation only. Users can get
 free mobile email on their phones from leading consumer email services such
 as Yahoo!, Gmail and AOL, and from work email using POP/IMAP. The portal
 includes an address book and calendar for bidirectional synchronization of
 contact and calendar data from email clients such as Microsoft Outlook and
 Yahoo! Mail as well as over-the-air with mobile devices.
     With the first over-the-air mobile contacts application for the iPhone,
 users can access their myFUNAMBOL address book on their iPhone (that
 includes contacts from multiple sources), to place calls, send email and
 map locations with Google Maps. Moreover, myFUNAMBOL facilitates
 over-the-air migration from users' old devices to their iPhones.
     In addition to the iPhone, myFUNAMBOL supports 1.5 billion mobile
 devices, including the iPod and phones from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony
 Ericsson and LG. myFUNAMBOL is not intended to be a substitute for other
 Internet portals or for wireless services provided by Funambol customers
 but rather is meant to demonstrate how open source can help 1.5 billion
 mobile users easily get mobile email and PIM data on their mass market
 handsets.
     "The iPhone is the most anticipated phone in the history of the mobile
 industry, and Funambol is very excited to offer the first over-the-air
 application to enable iPhone users to use their preexisting contacts to
 drive iPhone services such as mobile email, Google Maps and voice calls,"
 said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol. "At this momentous time in the
 industry, Funambol is also pleased to unveil myFUNAMBOL, which makes it
 super easy for people to get their mobile email, contacts and calendars on
 everyday cell phones."
     Open source software often delivers new capabilities much faster than
 proprietary alternatives. With more than one million downloads of its
 software, Funambol has one of the largest open source communities, making
 its pace of innovation and product development unmatchable. This model is
 essential in a market where device compatibility is paramount and change is
 constant. Funambol supports more devices than any other provider of mobile
 email for consumers by supporting SyncML, Windows Mobile, Java ME, and a
 variety of community and third party solutions such as BlackBerry and Palm
 PIM sync.
     Pricing and Availability
     myFUNAMBOL is free. Users need an Internet data plan from their mobile
 operator or service provider. It is initially available on a "by
 invitation" basis. To learn more and apply, visit
 http://www.funambol.com/myfunambol.html.
     About Funambol
     Funambol is the mobile open source company and is the leading provider
 of open source push email and PIM sync for consumers. Funambol is supported
 by a global community representing more than 1,000,000 downloads and 10,000
 contributors in more than 200 countries. The commercial version of
 Funambol's software has been deployed at wireless operators, Fortune 100
 enterprises, hardware OEMs/ODMs and ISVs including customers such as
 Earthlink and Computer Associates. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood
 City, California, with a development center in Italy. See
 http://www.funambol.com.
     Media Contact
     Jennifer Cloer
     Page One PR
     503.746-7577
     Jennifer@pageonepr.com
 
 

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