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    Sagem to integrate OpenWave on i-mode phone


    Openwave Systems,  the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications  industry,  today  announced  a  collaboration with SAGEM, a major  international  player in telecommunications manufacturing to deliver
    the  SG321i,  one  of the first i-mode compliant phones to be produced by a European  manufacturer,  to  Bouygues  Telecom,  a  French  mobile operator acknowledged  for its policy of innovation. The phone will use the Openwave Mail  Client for i-mode and Openwave Mobile Browser Version 7 (V7 Browser), the flagship application from Openwave Phone Suite Version 7.

    The  popular  i-mode  service,  created  by  Japan’s  NTT DoCoMo, Inc, has already  been  launched  in  a  number of countries throughout Europe, each ‘with  unique  content.  As NTT DoCoMo continues to roll out its service in Europe  and  other  regions,  operators and handset manufacturers intend to
    develop   and   integrate  i-mode  compliant  phones  with  their  existing standards. Openwave client software delivers market leading implementations of both i-mode and Open Mobile Alliance standards.

    “We   appreciate   Openwave’s   devoted  effort  and  cooperation  for  the development of the i-mode browser and messaging client for the SAGEM i-mode handset,”  commented  Mr.  Shig  Sando,  Managing  Director,  i-mode Global
    Business,  NTT  DoCoMo,  Inc.   “We  are confident of the success in global i-mode as we continue our cooperative relationship, and it is our intention to strengthen our relationship for the global expansion of i-mode.”

    SAGEM  was  one  of the first European manufacturers to act on NTT DoCoMo’s call  to  develop  i-mode  phones  outside  of  Japan. With Openwave client software,  SAGEM  has  created  a  consistent and unique user-interface for their  i-mode  phone while leveraging the investments that they are already
    making in phone software and applications.

    “The i-mode SG321i is an invaluable asset for SAGEM’s GSM product portfolio since  it is not only our first product based on i-mode technology but also the  very  first slide phone that we launch and we are happy to have worked on it with Openwave,” said Thierry Buffenoir, Managing Director of SAGEM’s Mobile Phones Division.

    “We’re  proud  to  be a part of SAGEM’s market building momentum for i-mode phones  in  Europe,” said Don Listwin, chief executive officer at Openwave. “We  are partnering to deliver phones that work on any network and platform
    and dramatically improve the user experience.”

    “We  are delighted to be working with SAGEM and Openwave, and welcome their work  in  the  i-mode marketplace,” said Benoît Louvet, Multimedia / i-mode Director at Bouygues Telecom.  “With the rapid growth of i-mode services in
    France  and  in  Europe, Bouygues Telecom is pleased to see Openwave take a leading  role,  combining  their multimedia heritage with innovation in the implementation of i-mode to help us deliver an improved user experience.”

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