Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, congratulates Zapp on its launch of downloadable wireless products and services based on Qualcomm’s BREW system. The Zapp BREW-based "Zapp Me" service enables users to access enhanced wireless data applications and services – such as e-mail, games, ringtones, and other personal and business applications – and download them directly to their wireless device. As Romania’s only fully integrated voice and high-speed data mobile communications operator, Zapp is the first CDMA450 operator to launch BREW-based services in Europe. The Zapp Me service is initially available on the color screen Zapp Series Z710i handset.
"Qualcomm is pleased to work with Zapp in bringing BREW-based services to Romania,” said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of European business relations and operations, Qualcomm Internet Services. “This launch demonstrates Zapp’s commitment to delivering its subscribers options beyond traditional voice features by introducing a diverse suite of compelling, feature-rich data service offerings."
"Zapp is proud to be the first CDMA450 operator to introduce BREW-based services to the market," said Cuneyt Turktan, president of the board of directors, Zapp. "Zapp subscribers will now benefit from an enhanced user experience that allows them to choose from a wide array of communication, customization, information and entertainment options. Zapp Me enables us to provide our clients with the necessary instruments to help them become more efficient and better informed. Qualcomm’s BREW solution positions Zapp as a technological leader and a cutting-edge mobile service provider."
Qualcomm’s BREW solution 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 26 manufacturers have offered more than 135 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. Zapp joins many successful operators that have deployed commercial BREW-based wireless data services, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, 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 Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico and Pelephone in Israel.
Zapp (www.zapp.ro) is the only voice and high-speed data mobile communications operator in Romania, using a state-of-the art network (CDMA2000 in the 450 MHz band). CDMA is one of the world’s breakthrough technologies, developed and commercially operated by Qualcomm. The main stockholder of Zapp is Inquam Limited, an international company providing services in the field of mobile telecommunication networks. The significant shareholders of Inquam are Qualcomm and Omnia Holdings Ltd, an investment fund based in the Middle East.
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 solution is adopted and deployed, 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.