Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation

December 22, 2006 11:18 ET

Zi Corporation Launches Qix with T-Mobile in the UK

First Commercial Deployment of Qix, Zi Corporation's revolutionary mobile search and discovery engine

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - Zi Corporation (TSX:ZIC)(NASDAQ:ZICA), a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions for mobile devices, today announced the deployment of Qix™ by T-Mobile on 25,000 Nokia N70 mobile phones. The service will be available on other phone models through the course of 2007.

T-Mobile is initially offering Qix in the UK, and the global agreement with Zi Corporation provides for additional rollouts in other countries covered by T-Mobile.

Qix is an innovative technology that enables rapid discovery of contacts, features, services, and other content on mobile handsets. Zi worked closely with T-Mobile to create a customised Qix experience. All the phones in this rollout include content links (QixLinks), which will allow T-Mobile customers to quickly access their preferred content on T-Zones.

Matthew Dove, T-Mobile UK's Head of Internet & Email Products, said, "T-Mobile is the only network to offer this innovative product to the UK consumer market. Having a tool that will enable users to make the most of their phones will certainly enhance the user experience and the service to our customers."

Milos Djokovic, Zi Corporation's President and CEO, added, "This is the first major rollout of Qix in the marketplace and it validates our global deployment strategy through an industry leader. We are delighted to be working with T-Mobile to support the needs of its customer base."

Qix-enabled phones will be available through T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.co.uk from December 2006, pricing will be dependent on price plan. Qix is offered as a no-cost feature to consumers.

About Qix

Qix is an innovative mobile search and service discovery engine that enables rapid discovery of contacts, features, services and more, on mobile handsets. Qix removes barriers to revenue-producing features on mobile phones by significantly reducing the number of key presses needed to navigate through content. As a result, it increases service usage and adoption resulting in greater ARPU for carriers. Qix interactive memory remembers user data for future access, and tracks and prioritizes frequently used personal selections based on individual usage patterns.

About Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation is a technology company that delivers intelligent interface solutions to enhance the user experience of wireless and consumer technologies. The company provides device manufacturers and network operators with a full range of intuitive and easy-to-use input solutions, including: eZiType™ for keyboard prediction with auto-correction; eZiText® for one-touch predictive text entry; Decuma® for predictive pen-input handwriting recognition; and the Qix™ search and service discovery engine to enhance the user experience and drive service usage and adoption. Zi's product portfolio dramatically improves the usability of mobile phones, PDAs, gaming consoles and television set-top boxes and the applications on them including SMS, MMS, e-mail and Internet browsing. Zi supports its strategic partners and customers from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. A publicly traded company, Zi Corporation is listed on the Nasdaq National Market (ZICA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ZIC).

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