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InnoPath part of broad industry support for Symbian Foundation as it continues to grow

This morning, as part of the Smartphone Show in London, the Symbian Foundation issued a release listing 12 additional companies that have publically stated support for the Foundation. InnoPath is part of this release, and our participation is growing evidence that we have ‘come of age’ in the Symbian world. We are exhibiting at the show, booth 101, demonstrating our server support for Symbian phones.

Here are portions of the release (complete release here):

On the first day of the 2008 Symbian Smartphone Show, the 10 initial board members of the Symbian Foundation (AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, ST-NXP Wireless, Texas Instruments and Vodafone) have welcomed the latest supporters of the Symbian Foundation initiative.

“We are delighted to see more than 50 companies now confirming their support for plans to create the world’s most open platform for mobile devices said Kris Rinne, SVP, architecture and planning, AT&T on behalf of the initial board members. Plans to establish the foundation are proceeding as planned; we anticipate even stronger support by the time the foundation begins operations, which we expect to be during the first half of 2009. The Symbian Foundation platform offering will be the most proven and successful open mobile platform, which will be available royalty free for members from the foundation’s first day of operations. Making the platform available in open source by June 2010 will only enhance its appeal to developers, solutions providers and network operators around the world.

Further support for the planned Symbian Foundation has come from 12 more companies, ARM, CieNET, Flander, FUJISOFT, Huawei, Inmote, InnoPath Software, Red Bend, Scalado, Symsource, TRANGO Virtual Processors and Visa, who added their endorsements to the 40 companies already announced as supporters of the foundation initiative.

InnoPath Software welcomes plans to create the Symbian Foundation, with its goals of furthering the availability of feature-rich mobile phones for the global market by building on the platform’s strong installed base and developer community, said John Fazio, President and CEO. InnoPath, currently a member of the Symbian Platinum Partner Program and an industry leader in end-to-end Mobile Device Management, offers solutions both for wireless operators and device manufacturers. InnoPath’s Mobile Device Management, deployed on Symbian OS-based phones today, allows operators to offer better customer care at lower cost and with greater user satisfaction.

Since plans for the Symbian Foundation were announced, hundreds of organizations have registered their interest in joining the foundation via the website. As previously announced, the plans for the establishment of the Symbian Foundation and royalty-free licensing of foundation software are:

1. The acquisition of Symbian Limited by Nokia, expected to close in Q4, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

2. Software assets are contributed to the foundation, including Symbian OS and S60 by Nokia, UIQ technology by Motorola and Sony Ericsson and MOAP(S) by NTT DOCOMO and Fujitsu.

3. This contributed software will be available under a royalty-free license to foundation members from the first day of Symbian Foundation operations, expected 1H 2009.

4. The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009.

5. The foundation will work to make the platform available in open source by June 2010 (two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement)

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