Nokia, Cingular Wireless and Sun bring Java(TM) development to the mobile world

Products and applications show that the Java(TM) technology is the platform for new mobile services.


ORLANDO, FLA (March 18, 2002) - Thanks to its portability across platforms, ease of application development, and large developer community, the Java(TM) programming language is fast becoming the standard for custom mobile phone applications. Today, during the first day of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association's (CTIA) Wireless 2002 show, Nokia, Cingular Wireless and Sun Microsystems emphasized their support for Java technology as the enabler of advanced mobile solutions with new Java technology-enabled products, continuous development of the Java programming language and innovation among Java application developers.

Over the course of the past eight days, Nokia announced five new handsets that include Java(TM) 2 Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) support, which brings Nokia's total portfolio of Java technology-enabled handsets to seven. These include three entry-level expression category phones -- the Nokia 3410 phone for the Europe/Africa market, the Nokia 3590 phone and the Nokia 3585 phone, both for the Americas market. Two new world phones, the business-focused classic category Nokia 6310i phone and the stylish fashion category, color-display Nokia 7210 phone, join the Nokia 7650 media phone to round out Nokia's new lineup of Java technology-enabled phones. Additionally, both of Nokia's Communicator products, the Nokia 9210i and Nokia 9290 Communicator, include Java technology support. These new handsets combined are expected to ship in the tens of millions throughout 2002.

"The number of new Java technology-enabled phones that we have announced in the past week underscores Nokia's commitment to bringing Java to the wireless market," said Paul Chellgren, vice president of business development for Nokia. "The Java platform is an open technology path to the adoption and growth of new wireless services, and Nokia is leading the way."

Forum Nokia supports the development of applications and content for these new handsets. Forum Nokia is Nokia's global, online central point of contact, providing a comprehensive portfolio of tools and solutions for application creation and testing, as well as giving developers access to channels for sales to operators, enterprises and consumers. Developers can receive information on new devices and technologies, download tools, software development kits (SDKs), emulators, white papers, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and technical support, as well as participate in the Nokia OK program for application testing and verification. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.

With the development of Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME), and the Mobile Information Device Provile (MIDP) the industry now has a standard development and deployment platform that is scaled for portable devices, yet is powerful enough to operate compelling mobile applications. The Java developer community, with more than 3 million developers, creates diverse applications such as financial reporting of stock charts, graphs, and news, streaming video and new levels of gaming. The Java community's global conference, JavaOne, which attracts worldwide attendees, will be held March 25-29 in San Francisco.

"The J2ME environment will allow for enterprise and partner developers to leverage their existing Java technology programming expertise and applications to simply, rapidly and securely extend their solutions to a host of wireless handhelds via the Cingular Wireless networks," said Carlton Hill, Executive Director, Internet and Application Development Services, for Cingular Wireless.
Having dedicated themselves to bringing self-expression to wireless services, Cingular Wireless has committed to offering Java support to developers and customers and to offer a wide range of Java applications to customers via the Cingular 'Wireless Window' portal. Additionally, Cingular has begun development of their own developer community, supported by the Cingular developer portal alliance.cingularinteractive.com -- that brings resources to developers free of charge. Developers can also get in-depth instruction about developing applications across Cingular's networks during WAVE 2002, which is being held May 13-15, 2002 at the new Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

"With the support of companies like Cingular, Nokia and Sun, Java is allowing developers like NuvoStudios to create compelling applications for the world's most popular consumer devices," said Dale Crowley, CEO of NuvoStudios. "As an innovator in wireless entertainment development, we understand the importance of open standards, which will help to ensure the widespread success of Java in wireless devices."

About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the second largest wireless carrier in the U. S., and is dedicated to self-expression and customer-friendly service. As a leader in mobile voice and data communications for both individuals and enterprises, Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth, currently serves more than 21.6 million consumer and business customers nationwide. Cingular offers customers advanced technologies in simple, cost-effective ways that permit them to tap the creative potential of wireless through their own self-expression. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.

NOTE: the Nokia 3410, 3585, 3590, 6310i, 7210, 7650, 9210i and 9290 have not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These devices may not be sold or leased, or offered for sale or lease, until FCC authorization is obtained.

Copyright 2002 Nokia, Cingular Wireless and Sun Microsystems. All rights reserved. Nokia, the Nokia 3410, 3585, 3590, 6310i, 7210, 7650,9210i and 9290 phones, and Forum Nokia are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, J2ME and JavaOne are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other company and product names mentioned herein may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners.