SOURCE: Red Bend Software

February 20, 2007 10:09 ET

Japan Radio Company Brings Red Bend's Mobile Software Management Solution to Willcom

TOKYO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- Red Bend Software Japan KK (Red Bend; located in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President: Kazuhiro Abe), the market leader in Mobile Software Management and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updating solutions for mobile devices, today announced that its vCurrent® Mobile software has been licensed by Japan Radio Company (JRC) for use in mobile phones for Japanese operator, Willcom, Inc.

JRC's WX220J, which went on sale January 25, can be used as a business office extension telephone. It features corporate security services including an "administrator lock" that can disable functions such as email, Internet and USB connection. The WX321J, available as of February 15, includes a fingerprint authentication device, 1.3 mega-pixel camera and document viewer.

With advanced software increasingly added to mobile phones, there is growing need to be able to deliver software improvements to devices after they reach consumers' hands. Using Red Bend's vCurrent Mobile, manufacturers and operators can perform software updates over the air, reducing customer service costs and improving the mobile user experience. Red Bend's unique failsafe feature guarantees 100% completion of the update even if power to the mobile phone is lost during the update process. The solution is interoperable with standards-based Device Management servers.

"We had been interested in a firmware upgrade function as a critical function for improving customer satisfaction," said Yoichi Hijikata, manager of the Communications Equipment Headquarters Mobile Business Unit PHS Group, Japan Radio Company. "Red Bend's FOTA solution required neither major changes in our current software nor increased memory, and thus is a solution that is superlative from the standpoint of being simple to implement. We were able to incorporate the latest firmware upgrade functionality in our WX220J and WX321J products by adopting Red Bend's FOTA technology."

"The ability to receive mobile software updates is becoming a key consideration for businesses and consumers selecting mobile phones and services," said Kazuhiro Abe, President of Red Bend Software Japan KK. "This agreement will enable JRC and WILLCOM to maintain and build customer loyalty in the competitive Asia Pacific mobile market."

Last fall, Red Bend's vCurrent Mobile solution became available in the Sharp SoftBank 810SH, 811SH and 910SH, and the NEC SoftBank 705N mobile phones. This year it has been adopted in the SoftBank 705NK and N73 models, which have recently gone on sale. Red Bend's FOTA client software is now available in 58 mobile phone models used by 80 million consumers worldwide.

About Red Bend Software

Red Bend Software helps mobile phone manufacturers and network operators to accelerate the adoption of new services and features, respond rapidly to customer needs, and reduce support costs through mobile software management solutions. LG Electronics, BenQ Mobile, NEC, Sharp, Sony Ericsson and other large handset manufacturers use Red Bend's firmware over-the-air (FOTA) mobile client software to quickly and reliably deliver compact firmware updates to more than 80 million mobile phones already in the hands of consumers. Founded in 1999, Red Bend Software is a privately held, venture capital-financed company with offices in China, Israel, Japan, Korea, the U.K and the U.S. More information about Red Bend Software is available at

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