U.S. Consumers Enjoy First Java(TM) Technology Powered Mobile Phones and Services

Nextel Communications Launches New Services with Motorola Handsets

Based on Java Technology



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delivering on the promise of
 Java(TM) technologies for the wireless market,
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW),  and key players in the wireless
 industry, Nextel Communications, Inc. and Motorola, Inc., today announced the
 first deployment of Java technology powered phones and services to consumers
 in the United States.
     Both the Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets, which began shipping last
 month, and to be made available by Nextel to consumers this month, incorporate
 Java technology to provide a new level of dynamic, personalized, and
 interactive services.  Initial services on the new Motorola handsets include
 vertical applications, such as specialized business calculators and an expense
 report generator, and games with hundreds more applications under development
 for easy download by consumers.
     "Nextel's launch of the new Motorola handsets and services is a
 significant event for the wireless industry and the Java platform.  Now,
 consumers can experience the power of Java technology enhanced wireless
 services first-hand here in the United States," said Patricia C. Sueltz,
 executive vice president, Software Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.  "Nextel
 and Motorola are contributing to the proliferation of the Java platform in the
 wireless industry worldwide.  Java technology is quickly establishing itself
 internationally as the open wireless application platform of choice.  Recent
 deployments in Korea and Japan attest to the flexibility and popularity of
 Java technology powered phones.  With additional major carriers and
 manufacturers in the United States, Europe and Asia planning to deploy Java
 technology enabled products and services later this year, and with Sun's
 recent launch of Sun ONE to enable new, more personalized, context aware smart
 services, consumers will be able to access the right set of services and
 content to meet their needs."
     "Nextel Communications is excited to be the first and only wireless
 carrier in the United States to launch mobile phones using the J2ME(TM)
 platform," said Greg Santoro, vice president of Internet and Wireless Services
 for Nextel Communications.  "Java technology, running on our advanced packet
 data network, will give developers greater flexibility in building enhanced
 mobile applications which in turn will lead to more choice and more value for
 our customers."
     "Bringing Java technology into the wireless market creates a whole new
 ecosystem of partnership opportunities, developer advantages and consumer
 value," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president and general manager of
 Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group.  "The Java developer community can now build
 off the new tools, distribution channels and marketing power to provide a
 broader level of utility for consumers."
     The launch of Java technology powered Motorola phones enhanced with new
 services to be available by Nextel represents an important milestone for the
 wireless industry.  The new Motorola i85s and i50sx wireless phones are the
 first to ship commercially in North America with the Java 2 Platform,
 Micro Edition (J2ME) technology and are the world's first Mobile Information
 Device profile (MIDP) compliant phones.  The MID profile (MIDP) is a set of
 open J2ME based technologies specifically developed for the wireless platform
 by an expert group utilizing the Java Community Process(SM) program.
 Companies involved in the development of the wireless profile include:
 America Online, DDI, Ericsson, Espial Group, Inc., Fujitsu, Hitachi, J-Phone
 Tokyo Co., Matsushita (Panasonic), Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, NTT
 DoCoMo, Palm Computing, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sharp Labs,
 Siemens, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Symbian and Telecordia.
 
     Java Technology in Wireless
     For consumers, J2ME technology enabled interactive services are the next
 step beyond today's text-based, static content.  Java software enhances the
 user experience by supporting easy-to-use, graphical interactive services for
 wireless devices.  With J2ME technology enabled phones and other wireless
 devices, users can download new services for use while connected interactively
 or disconnected from the network.  Examples include:
 
     -- Dynamically generated, personalized stock quotes that can display
        graphs and give purchase and/or sell alerts for specific stocks
        utilizing the wireless network efficiently.
     -- Real-time, location specific weather reports that display periodic
        forecast updates.
     -- Games that can be downloaded and played offline by individual users
        achieving cost effective use of the wireless network.
 
     Java technologies provide several important benefits in enabling wireless
 network services:
 
     -- Applications are loaded on demand.  The user can choose to download
        applications  on an as needed basis rather than buying a device with
        applications pre-installed  by the device manufacturer.  This protects
        the consumer's wireless device investment and allows the carrier to
        enhance and expand their service offerings.
     -- Java technologies come with libraries that allow an application
        developer to build a richer, more intuitive graphical user interface
        (GUI).  This allows service providers to offer personalized and
        compelling applications and services that differentiate their
        offering, while also making the services easy-to-use for consumers.
     -- Java technologies allow more intelligent use of network bandwidth
        because applications are downloaded onto the device and run locally.
        The network is only tapped when data is needed from the server.
     -- Java technology provides cross platform and multiple device support.
        J2ME and MIDP technologies can run the same application on any
        supported system type.  This is key in the consumer device market
        because there are so many different combinations of chips and operating
        systems.
     -- Java technology on the wireless device creates a whole new developer
        platform that reaches across multiple device types and across system
        platforms. In the network infrastructure, the Java platform provides a
        robust end-to-end solution that allows developers to utilize the same
        tools and skills to develop and deploy innovative services.  By writing
        to a wireless Java API, software developers can be assured of having
        their application executable on a large installed base of devices.
        Service providers can offer devices from multiple manufacturers without
        having to establish separate support for each.  Consumers get more
        choice in the devices they use and the services available.
 
     Recent research shows that among wireless developers, the largest
 percentage are writing to the Java technology platform because of its rich
 capabilities and cross platform, multiple device support.
     The Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition is the portion of the Java platform
 that addresses the emerging base of mobile, handheld devices, such as cell
 phones, personal digital assistants and pagers, as well as other client
 systems, such as TV settop boxes, automotive systems, residential gateways and
 smartcards.  The Java platform is a key piece of the Sun Open Net Environment
 (Sun ONE) architecture and provides the software for creating and deploying
 interactive and increasingly intelligent applications and services across
 multiple hardware platforms and client device types, such as the Motorola iDEN
 phones.
 
     Sun ONE provides service enabling technologies based on key open industry
 standards and also provides a clear vision and roadmap for driving to the
 future of smart Web and other networked services.  Sun ONE is a complete
 product offering to support Web and networked services today and lays the
 foundation for the smart Web and networked services of tomorrow, ultimately
 giving users better -- and easier -- access to the information and
 functionality they need.  Sun ONE encompasses an integrated set of software
 from Sun and iPlanet(TM)E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, that
 enables developers, device manufacturers and service providers to create,
 assemble, and deploy tomorrow's open, smart Web and networked services.  This
 powerful combination, backed by professional service programs, provides
 everything needed to create, assemble, and deploy Web and networked services
 today, while offering a clear migration path for customers and developers who
 are ready to move to the next generation of open, smart Web and networked
 services.
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML
 technologies, to take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services
 and beyond.  Smart Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of
 intelligence based on context that spans multiple networks beyond the Web, and
 provide a richer experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will
 simplify the way in which both Web and open smart services are created,
 assembled and deployed -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide
 productivity, developers with faster time-to-service and increased market
 opportunity, and consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information
 about Sun ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, The Network Is The Computer,
 Java, J2ME, Java Community Process, and iPlanet are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     Nextel, the Nextel logo, and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or
 service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.
     Motorola, the Stylized M Logo and all other trademarks indicated as such
 herein are trademarks of Motorola, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delivering on the promise of
 Java(TM) technologies for the wireless market,
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW),  and key players in the wireless
 industry, Nextel Communications, Inc. and Motorola, Inc., today announced the
 first deployment of Java technology powered phones and services to consumers
 in the United States.
     Both the Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets, which began shipping last
 month, and to be made available by Nextel to consumers this month, incorporate
 Java technology to provide a new level of dynamic, personalized, and
 interactive services.  Initial services on the new Motorola handsets include
 vertical applications, such as specialized business calculators and an expense
 report generator, and games with hundreds more applications under development
 for easy download by consumers.
     "Nextel's launch of the new Motorola handsets and services is a
 significant event for the wireless industry and the Java platform.  Now,
 consumers can experience the power of Java technology enhanced wireless
 services first-hand here in the United States," said Patricia C. Sueltz,
 executive vice president, Software Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.  "Nextel
 and Motorola are contributing to the proliferation of the Java platform in the
 wireless industry worldwide.  Java technology is quickly establishing itself
 internationally as the open wireless application platform of choice.  Recent
 deployments in Korea and Japan attest to the flexibility and popularity of
 Java technology powered phones.  With additional major carriers and
 manufacturers in the United States, Europe and Asia planning to deploy Java
 technology enabled products and services later this year, and with Sun's
 recent launch of Sun ONE to enable new, more personalized, context aware smart
 services, consumers will be able to access the right set of services and
 content to meet their needs."
     "Nextel Communications is excited to be the first and only wireless
 carrier in the United States to launch mobile phones using the J2ME(TM)
 platform," said Greg Santoro, vice president of Internet and Wireless Services
 for Nextel Communications.  "Java technology, running on our advanced packet
 data network, will give developers greater flexibility in building enhanced
 mobile applications which in turn will lead to more choice and more value for
 our customers."
     "Bringing Java technology into the wireless market creates a whole new
 ecosystem of partnership opportunities, developer advantages and consumer
 value," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president and general manager of
 Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group.  "The Java developer community can now build
 off the new tools, distribution channels and marketing power to provide a
 broader level of utility for consumers."
     The launch of Java technology powered Motorola phones enhanced with new
 services to be available by Nextel represents an important milestone for the
 wireless industry.  The new Motorola i85s and i50sx wireless phones are the
 first to ship commercially in North America with the Java 2 Platform,
 Micro Edition (J2ME) technology and are the world's first Mobile Information
 Device profile (MIDP) compliant phones.  The MID profile (MIDP) is a set of
 open J2ME based technologies specifically developed for the wireless platform
 by an expert group utilizing the Java Community Process(SM) program.
 Companies involved in the development of the wireless profile include:
 America Online, DDI, Ericsson, Espial Group, Inc., Fujitsu, Hitachi, J-Phone
 Tokyo Co., Matsushita (Panasonic), Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, NTT
 DoCoMo, Palm Computing, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sharp Labs,
 Siemens, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Symbian and Telecordia.
 
     Java Technology in Wireless
     For consumers, J2ME technology enabled interactive services are the next
 step beyond today's text-based, static content.  Java software enhances the
 user experience by supporting easy-to-use, graphical interactive services for
 wireless devices.  With J2ME technology enabled phones and other wireless
 devices, users can download new services for use while connected interactively
 or disconnected from the network.  Examples include:
 
     -- Dynamically generated, personalized stock quotes that can display
        graphs and give purchase and/or sell alerts for specific stocks
        utilizing the wireless network efficiently.
     -- Real-time, location specific weather reports that display periodic
        forecast updates.
     -- Games that can be downloaded and played offline by individual users
        achieving cost effective use of the wireless network.
 
     Java technologies provide several important benefits in enabling wireless
 network services:
 
     -- Applications are loaded on demand.  The user can choose to download
        applications  on an as needed basis rather than buying a device with
        applications pre-installed  by the device manufacturer.  This protects
        the consumer's wireless device investment and allows the carrier to
        enhance and expand their service offerings.
     -- Java technologies come with libraries that allow an application
        developer to build a richer, more intuitive graphical user interface
        (GUI).  This allows service providers to offer personalized and
        compelling applications and services that differentiate their
        offering, while also making the services easy-to-use for consumers.
     -- Java technologies allow more intelligent use of network bandwidth
        because applications are downloaded onto the device and run locally.
        The network is only tapped when data is needed from the server.
     -- Java technology provides cross platform and multiple device support.
        J2ME and MIDP technologies can run the same application on any
        supported system type.  This is key in the consumer device market
        because there are so many different combinations of chips and operating
        systems.
     -- Java technology on the wireless device creates a whole new developer
        platform that reaches across multiple device types and across system
        platforms. In the network infrastructure, the Java platform provides a
        robust end-to-end solution that allows developers to utilize the same
        tools and skills to develop and deploy innovative services.  By writing
        to a wireless Java API, software developers can be assured of having
        their application executable on a large installed base of devices.
        Service providers can offer devices from multiple manufacturers without
        having to establish separate support for each.  Consumers get more
        choice in the devices they use and the services available.
 
     Recent research shows that among wireless developers, the largest
 percentage are writing to the Java technology platform because of its rich
 capabilities and cross platform, multiple device support.
     The Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition is the portion of the Java platform
 that addresses the emerging base of mobile, handheld devices, such as cell
 phones, personal digital assistants and pagers, as well as other client
 systems, such as TV settop boxes, automotive systems, residential gateways and
 smartcards.  The Java platform is a key piece of the Sun Open Net Environment
 (Sun ONE) architecture and provides the software for creating and deploying
 interactive and increasingly intelligent applications and services across
 multiple hardware platforms and client device types, such as the Motorola iDEN
 phones.
 
     Sun ONE provides service enabling technologies based on key open industry
 standards and also provides a clear vision and roadmap for driving to the
 future of smart Web and other networked services.  Sun ONE is a complete
 product offering to support Web and networked services today and lays the
 foundation for the smart Web and networked services of tomorrow, ultimately
 giving users better -- and easier -- access to the information and
 functionality they need.  Sun ONE encompasses an integrated set of software
 from Sun and iPlanet(TM)E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, that
 enables developers, device manufacturers and service providers to create,
 assemble, and deploy tomorrow's open, smart Web and networked services.  This
 powerful combination, backed by professional service programs, provides
 everything needed to create, assemble, and deploy Web and networked services
 today, while offering a clear migration path for customers and developers who
 are ready to move to the next generation of open, smart Web and networked
 services.
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun(TM) Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML
 technologies, to take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services
 and beyond.  Smart Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of
 intelligence based on context that spans multiple networks beyond the Web, and
 provide a richer experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will
 simplify the way in which both Web and open smart services are created,
 assembled and deployed -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide
 productivity, developers with faster time-to-service and increased market
 opportunity, and consumers with an enriched user experience.  More information
 about Sun ONE can be found at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, The Network Is The Computer,
 Java, J2ME, Java Community Process, and iPlanet are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     Nextel, the Nextel logo, and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or
 service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.
     Motorola, the Stylized M Logo and all other trademarks indicated as such
 herein are trademarks of Motorola, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.