Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, announced today that it has signed distributorship agreements for Eudora Pro software with Systems Comunicazioni srl of Italy, Landis BV of The Netherlands, and Lidcam Technology of Australia. These three distributors are aggressively negotiating contracts with leading resellers, VARs and retailers.
"These agreements are further evidence that Eudora Pro software is rapidly expanding its worldwide presence," said Ann Schrader, worldwide sales manager for Qualcomm Enterprise Software Technologies (QUEST). "As use of the Internet grows in the Italian, Dutch and Australian markets, so will the necessity for a powerful user friendly e-mail application. Eudora Pro software will fill that need by providing users the features they require."
"Eudora Pro software is the standard for Internet e-mail communication," said Anthony Daniel, product manager for Systems Comunicazioni. "The Internet is no longer for the exclusive use of scientists and computer enthusiasts, it is a necessary communications tool for every successful business. We are proud to offer our clients an affordable e-mail system that will allow them to better compete in the global economic community."
Systems Comunicazioni's goal is to establish Eudora Pro software as the primary electronic mail product in the Italian market by working closely with the country's largest channel distributors. The company has agreements with IBM owned distributors, InfoBlueMark and PCD, to offer Eudora Pro software to all Italian IBM resellers, agents and preferred business partners in Italy. Systems Comunicazioni is increasing Eudora Pro software's presence in the retail market by working with leading distributors such as Ingram Micro, CDC and CELO, and retail chain Computer Discount.
"As a leading distributor of Internet products in the Dutch market we recognize Eudora Pro software to be the number one Internet e-mail package on the market," said Paul E. Kuiken, president and CEO of Landis BV. "The 6,000 resellers, dealers and systems integrators we serve have come to expect only the best from us, and offering Eudora Pro software is another step toward maintaining our leadership position in this category."
"Use of Internet e-mail as a global communications tool is exploding," said Andrew Susa, sales and marketing director for Lidcam Technology. "Lidcam is experiencing phenomenal customer demand in the Internet market. In order to stay on top of our competition, we must provide our customers superior solutions. Eudora Pro software fits this criteria as the leading Internet e-mail application."
In 1995, Qualcomm announced worldwide distribution agreements with IngramMicro, the world's largest wholesale distributor of microcomputer products, and Kuni Research International of Osaka, Japan. The Ingram Micro agreement has allowed Qualcomm to expand its presence in major US retail chains, including: Egghead Software, Comp USA, Best Buys, MicroCenter and Fry's. Ingram Micro distributes through 70,000 reseller customers in 120 countries, including Stream International, Software Spectrum and Softmart. Kuni Research has localized Eudora Pro software for Macintosh® and Windows®for the Japanese retail market and also serves as the master 're-publisher' for Eudora to distributors such as Softbank Corporation. Kuni Research is a leading Japanese provider of localization and development project services.
Qualcomm will continue to promote Eudora Pro software in distribution channels to corporate resellers, value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators and Internet service providers. In addition, Eudora Pro software is available through mail order catalogs, such as Mac Warehouse, Multiple Zones International (MAC Zone and PC Zone) and PC Connection, Inc. (MAC Connection and PC Connection).
About the Eudora Family
Qualcomm's award-winning Eudora Pro and Eudora Light™ software are Internet-based e-mail packages that deliver exceptional levels of functionality, ease-of-use and flexibility. Originally introduced in 1988,Eudora® is the world's most popular Internet e-mail software with an estimated 10 million users worldwide. Available for the Microsoft®Windows®, Macintosh and Newton® platforms, the Eudora family of software products delivers best-of-breed Internet e-mail capabilities. Eudora Pro software offers a wide range of features including, built-in spellchecking, user-definable message filtering, native 32-bit support for the Microsoft® Windows® 95 and Windows NT® operating systems, support for long file names, MAPI support, color-coded message labeling and 'hot link' webpage capabilities allowing users to navigate the World Wide Web. For moreinformation regarding the Eudora family of products, visit Qualcomm on the World Wide Web at http://www.qualcomm.com/quest/.
About Systems Comunicazioni
Systems Comunicazioni srl of Milano Italy, has been publishing and distributing software since 1982. The company places a strong emphasis on value added distribution for affordable high quality software. Systems Comunicazioni serves national distributors, consultants, ISPs, government and consumer markets. Systems Comunicazioni can be reached at 39-2-908-41-814.
About Landis BV
Landis BV, founded in 1990 by a team of young IT professionals, offers value added distribution to partners in IT projects. The leading product family of logistics services and pre and post sales support have annually increased the number of partners in the Benelux and Germany. Landis can be reached at 31-3-024-89-477.
About Lidcam Technology
Lidcam Technology is a leading distributor of computer networking, communications and Internet products in Australia representing such leading brands as Farallon Computing, Dantz Development Corporation, Compatible Systems Corporation, Livingston Enterprises, Global Village, Softarc, and Networth. Lidcam distributes its products through a network or resellers, VARs and ISPs throughout Australia. Lidcam can be reached at 61-3-982-09-077.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include the Eudora Pro electronic mail software, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.###