6/29/2004 - Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that the Java Verified[tm] Program, a program to provide a unified process for the testing and certification of Java[tm] applications for mobile handsets, has been adopted by mobile operators Orange and T-Mobile Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and UK). In addition, the test criteria of the Java Verified Program have been updated and the website has been streamlined to simplify navigation and application submission.
The Java Verified Program has become the standard for mobile Java application testing since its launch in February 2004 by Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sun Microsystems. With its expanded market adoption, the program is now supported by leading wireless operators totaling over 100 million subscribers and device manufacturers representing 65% of the global market. The program provides developers with the most effective way to test, promote and distribute mobile content to global end-users and subscribers. Developers whose applications successfully pass Java Verified testing can choose to participate in marketing and distribution programs offered by each of the member companies.
"With the adoption by Orange and T-Mobile Europe, the Java Verified Program enjoys unprecedented support to bring cohesion to the mobile industry," said Juan Dewar, senior director, Consumer and Mobile Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With these leading carriers on board, it is becoming even easier and faster for developers creating exciting and profitable mobile experiences on the mobile Java platform."
Beginning July 1, 2004, Orange and T-Mobile Europe will require all new mobile Java applications distributed over their wireless networks to be successfully tested under the Java Verified Program. The adoption by these two leading global operators broadens the collective technical and marketing expertise of the Java Verified Program and should accelerate demand for the Java Verified Program among developers seeking to sell to the largest possible market.
"A high-quality application testing program is one way that we maintain a quality user experience for our subscribers and is key to maintaining customer loyalty," said Graham Thomas, vice president of Content Services at T-Mobile. "It can also help us to assist developers by dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of qualifying applications for our phones and network."
"The broad reach of the Orange network demands an application testing program that delivers a fast route to market for our Java developers," said Steve Glagow, director, Orange Partner. "With a single mechanism to significantly reduce time-to-market, our developers can now more easily reach out to millions of mobile users who are eager for the highly personalized and innovative services for which Orange is known around the world."
To participate in the Java Verified Program, mobile Java developers can register at www.javaverified.com, and select among the participating global testing providers to test their applications. Also available at www.javaverified.com are detailed explanations of the testing process, testing criteria, pricing and access to member companies∆ marketing and distribution programs. Wireless network operators, device manufacturers, application publishers and others interested in joining the Java Verified Program and advancing the program's goals should email the Java Verified Program Office at email@example.com.
The Orange group is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies, with operations in 19 countries across Europe and beyond. It provides a broad range of voice and data communication services to over 50 million customers worldwide. Further information about Orange can be found at www.orange.com
T-Mobile International is one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telecom's four strategic divisions, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States. By the end of the first quarter 2004, more than 96 million people were using the mobile communications services provided by companies in which T-Mobile or Deutsche Telekom have a majority or minority stake. And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.For more information, visit the company Web site at www.t-mobile.net.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronized and fun. Sales in 2003 were US$27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it does business. For more information: www.motorola.com.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges. For further information, visit http://www.nokia.com.
The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (Siemens mobile) is one of the world's leading full-line suppliers in the field of mobile communication, offering mobile phones, cordless phones, wireless modules and mobile infrastructure, as well as all radio and switching modules, consulting services and systems integration. The mobile communication arm of Siemens AG markets products and services in more than 120 countries, generating sales of « 10 billion with a workforce of some 26,900 people in fiscal 2003 (September 30). Siemens mobile is the world market leader in prepaid solutions and digital cordless phones. More: www.siemens-mobile.com/press
About Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support. For further information, please visit: www.SonyEricsson.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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