Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company today announced an agreement for the distribution of America Online's content and applications across Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform. With the BREW distribution and publishing system, America Online will make its most popular applications available to millions of BREW users in the United States.
"Consumers are eager to access a variety of AOL® features and services from their mobile device such as AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) service, AOL Mail, the ICQ® service, MapQuest® and premium mobile content," said Bill Schwebel, vice president and general manager for AOL Mobile. "With Qualcomm, our carrier partners and our vendors, we have a unique opportunity to distribute our applications to millions of customers, providing them with anywhere, anytime access to the content and applications they rely on."
"This is a very significant milestone for the BREW system," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management, Qualcomm Internet Services. "America Online is the world's leading interactive services company, whose name is synonymous with rich and compelling consumer content. This agreement marks a bold next step for the BREW system as we support operators' requirements for the premium applications and consumer brands their subscribers demand."
Qualcomm's BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 21 manufacturers have offered more than 100 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many very successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, CellularOne, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth International in Chile, BellSouth International in Colombia, BellSouth International in Ecuador, BellSouth International in Panama, Codetel in the Dominican Republic and Pelephone in Israel.
The AIM service is available on major national wireless carriers. AOL properties available on BREW include AIM, MapQuest and The Matrix game.
About America Online
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in mobile instant messaging, interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the extent and speed to which the BREW platform is deployed and the BREW solution is adopted, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.