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Rafe
29-04-2003, 12:40 AM
Handango have joined the Symbian Platinum Partner Program. This puts their relationship on a more formla footing and hopefully we will see Handnago fully support Symbian. Handnago recently released statistics showing that Symbian smartphone owners spend more on software than any others.

Press Release:


Handango Joins Symbian Platinum Partner Program

Leading mobile software provider feeds growing demand for Symbian OS
applications


HURST, Texas - April 28, 2003 - Handango, the leading publisher and platform for
mobile software, today announced that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Partner
Program to support the emerging market for Symbian OS(TM) advanced mobile
phones. As a Platinum Partner, Handango will continue to support Symbian's
ecosystem of developers, partners and licensees with its market-leading
application management and provisioning platform, Handango AMPP. Symbian
develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global industry standard operating system
for advanced mobile phones, to the world's leading handset manufacturers,
including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.

"We have seen amazing growth in the Symbian ecosystem in the last few
months," said Laura Rippy, chief executive officer of Handango. "By
becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, we can provide our developers with more of
the content and resources necessary to develop great mobile software and
continue to provide our licensees with support of the latest Symbian OS
innovations."

With the launch of several stylish Symbian smartphones such as the Sony Ericsson
P800 and the Nokia 7650/Nokia 3650, consumer interest has surged;
"P800" and "7650" are among the most-searched words on many
of the application download sites built on Handango AMPP. In addition, based on
Handango software sales over the past year, Symbian OS device users are avid
software users, buying an average of 19.9% more software (in USD) per purchase
than users of other mobile devices.

Since adding Symbian downloads to its application platform in April 2000,
Handango has secured partnerships with Symbian OS licensees Nokia and Sony
Ericsson. Currently, Handango's application management and provisioning
platform, Handango AMPP, powers the Nokia America's Software Market (http://americas.softwaremarket.com), the Sony
Ericsson Application Shop (www.sonyericsson.com/handango), My-Symbian (http://shop.my-symbian.com), a leading online portal for
Symbian enthusiasts, and the Symbian downloads portion of Cingular's consumer
portal (www.mywirelesswindow.com).

"Handango's continued support of Symbian OS and their strong developer
relations will prove to be a valuable asset in the growth and success of Symbian
OS," said Martin Coul, technology partner program director of Symbian Ltd.

The Symbian Platinum Partner Program includes companies that have a technology
or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology
surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from
a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing
opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a
dedicated Partner Support team. For more information, see
www.symbian.com/partners/part-platnm.html.

About Handango
Handango is the leading publisher and platform for mobile software, bringing
over 35,000 applications to market through an extensive global distribution
network of online, retail and enterprise channels reaching more than five
million mobile users each month. Handango's application management and
provisioning platform, Handango AMPP, has been chosen as the mobile software
delivery platform for Nokia, Motorola, Sprint, Orange SA, Sony Ericsson, Palm,
Microsoft, Sony, HP, Handspring, Sharp Electronics and more than one hundred
others. For more information, visit www.handango.com.

About Symbian
Symbian is a software licensing company which develops and licenses Symbian OS,
the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled
mobile phones.

Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone
manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.
Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Samsung
SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson
P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7650, 3650 and
N-Gage.

Symbian has its global headquarters in London, United Kingdom with development
sites in Europe and Asia. Symbian's shareholders are Ericsson, Panasonic,
Motorola, Nokia, Psion, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. For further
information about Symbian, please see www.symbian.com.