SOURCE: Red Bend Software

February 25, 2008 08:59 ET

NEC's N705i/N705iµ Handsets Ship With Red Bend's FOTA Solution

TOKYO--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management, today announced that its vCurrent® Mobile solution for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating has been implemented in the N705i and N705iµ mobile phones manufactured by NEC for NTT DoCoMo. The N705i was released on February 1, and the N705iµ on February 15. This new adoption follows the initial introduction of Red Bend's firmware update solution by NTT DoCoMo in November 2007 with the N905i/N905iµ handsets, also manufactured by NEC.

The adoption of Red Bend's software by a large number of new models from mobile device manufacturers and service operators demonstrates the high reliability and performance of the company's mobile software management solutions.

The N705i combines a stunning design created in collaboration with the "amadana" designer brand of household appliances. The phone offers one-segment viewing, FOMA® High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and WORLD WING® global roaming for 3G and GSM networks.

The N705iµ handset is an ultra-thin (9.8 mm folded), ultra-light (about 99 g) handset packed with features including FOMA® HSDPA, E-money, "Uta Hodai" music download and other services. It combines thinness, practical utility and full multimedia capabilities.

Corporate results announced by Red Bend Software for the fourth quarter of 2007 show that the company's FOTA client solution is utilized in 255 million mobile phones across 137 models worldwide. Red Bend's vCurrent Mobile has been adopted globally by manufacturers including LG Electronics, Motorola, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, NEC and Toshiba. Red Bend forecasts that shipments of handsets featuring its software will reach a cumulative total of 300 million mobile devices in the first quarter of 2008.

vCurrent Mobile is based on Red Bend's patented FOTA update client technology, making it possible to update firmware quickly and over-the-air while a consumer is using the phone, for superlative cost effectiveness. The fail-safe function ensures a valid update even in the event of an interruption during the update process, such as power-off. vCurrent Mobile supports Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Device Management (DM) standards, and is interoperable with OMA DM-compliant servers.

FOMA and WORLD WING are registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

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, Motorola, 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 255 million mobile phones 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 is available at www.redbend.com.

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