SEATTLE--May 24, 1999--Tegic Communications today announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.
Under the agreement, Qualcomm will have the right to make the T9™ Text Input software available with its CDMA digital phones, enabling Qualcomm wireless phone users to use wireless applications such as email, Internet access and short messaging more easily.
"Qualcomm is always interested in software that complements our handsets," said Gina M. Lombardi, vice president of product management for Qualcomm Consumer Products. "T9 Text Input offers our customers another option to help make our phones more useful."
"Qualcomm's CDMA digital phones are characterized by superior quality and ease of use," said Don Davidge, vice president of sales and marketing for Tegic Communications. "T9 Text Input increases the ease of import for text messaging, giving users an even more powerful tool for mobile communications."
About T9 Text Input
By incorporating T9 Text Input into mobile communications products, companies are solving the fundamental problem of how to quickly and easily type messages from standard 10-digit keypads. T9 Text Input replaces conventional "multi-tap" text entry, allowing users to compose text message with only one key press per letter.
Each key on a telephone keypad has more than one letter -- a single press on the "5" key could be "J," "K," or "L." T9 Text Input automatically compares users' key presses to an internal linguistic database to determine the correct word. For example, entering the word "call" into a mobile phone takes just four key presses with T9 Text Input compared to ten key presses using conventional multi-tap text entry.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is a FORTUNE 500® company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
About Tegic Communications
Seattle-based Tegic Communications was founded in 1995 to develop and market text input technologies for the telecommunications and computing industries. The company has worldwide patents, both issued and pending, on T9 Text Input and has licensed the technology to major consumer electronics and communications equipment manufacturers worldwide.
Tegic and T9 are trademarks of Tegic Communications. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective holders.