SAN DIEGO - August 8, 1996 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) plans tooffer thousands of copies of its award-winning Eudora Pro Internet emailsoftware to attendees at the Republican National Convention in San Diego,August 12-15, 1996. Nearly 20,000 GOP delegates and media will receive atime-expiring free trial copy of Eudora Pro 2.2 for Windows uponregistration at this year's convention. The Eudora family is currently theworld's most popular Internet email software with over 10 million users,63.5 percent worldwide market share for Internet email, and 70.9 percentshare of all new Internet electronic mailboxes.
"Electronic communications is a quick, easy and cost-effective way forconstituents and their government officials to communicate," stated CraigBrenner, director of Worldwide Marketing, Eudora division of Qualcomm."Eudora Pro is the number one choice of Internet email users everywhere,and we want to ensure conventioneers get an opportunity to sample itsbest-of-class capability," added Brenner.
According to Highway 1, a Washington-based technology advocacy group, 87percent of U.S. Senators and 45 percent of House Representatives listedemail addresses as of June 1, 1996. These numbers mark a sharp increasefrom May of last year when less than 35 percent of Senators and 20 percentof House Representatives had email addresses.
"This undertaking represents our single largest one-time, free massdistribution of Eudora Pro to-date," explained Brenner. "It's an extensionof our belief in seeding the market with free products -- a highlysuccessful initiative we helped pioneer years ago with the distribution ofEudora Light freeware."
Eudora Pro software is available through nearly all major U.S. retailchains, including Egghead Software, Comp USA, Best Buy, MicroCenter andFry's Electronics. Eudora Pro software is also available through mailorder catalogs, such as Multiple Zones International (MAC Zone and PC Zone)and PC Connection, Inc. (MAC Connection and PC Connection), giving EudoraPro software excellent market exposure in every key channel. Eudora Prosoftware for PC and Macintosh computers carries a suggested list price of$89. Eudora Light software is free and is available from Qualcomm atwww.eudora.com
Qualcomm's award-winning Eudora Pro and Eudora Light software areInternet-based email packages that deliver exceptional levels offunctionality, ease-of-use and flexibility. Originally introduced in1988, Eudora is the world's most popular Internet email software with anestimated 10 million users worldwide. Available for the PC, Macintosh andNewton platforms, the Eudora software family of products deliversbest-of-breed Internet email capabilities. Eudora Pro builds upon theEudora Light feature set by offering a wide range of additional features,including enhanced user-definable message filtering, built-in spellchecking and MAPI support. For more information regarding the Eudorafamily of products, visit its World Wide Web site atwww.eudora.com
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets,licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based onits proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primaryproduct areas are the OmniTRACS" system (a geo-stationary satellite-based,mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reportingservices), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, inconjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar low-earth-orbit(LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include theEudora Pro electronic mail software, VLSI components, and communicationsequipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.For more information regarding Qualcomm's products and technologies, visitits World Wide Web site atwww.qualcomm.com
Except for the historical information herein, this news release containsforward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties,including timely product development, change in economic conditions of thevarious markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailedfrom time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report onForm 10-K for the year ended September 24, 1995 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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