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Old 23-02-2004, 09:47 AM
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Arima signs up for UIQ.

Arima, another Taiwanese Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) company has announced that they are to produce UIQ devices. Full press release attached.

Arima signs license agreement for UIQ Platform

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France, February 23, 2004 UIQ Technology, developer of UIQ, the customizable media-rich user-interface platform for smartphones based on Symbian OS, announced today that Arima has signed up as a licensee for the UIQ platform.

Arima Group plans to develop a series of market driven advanced smartphones to sell to the world's leading mobile phone companies and mobile network service providers under an Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) business model. Arima Group is a leading ODM supplier of GSM/GPRS terminals to many top-tier brands worldwide.

Arima has signed an agreement to licence Symbian OS and the UIQ Platform for development of its media rich mobile phone for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.

Arima is the 4th publicly known UIQ licensee. Other licensees include: Sony Ericsson, Motorola and BenQ.

"We are delighted to welcome Arima as the new UIQ licensee. Arima is a leading Taiwanese ODM company with extensive experience in developing innovative multimedia mobile phones". UIQ Technology CEO Johan Sandberg said. "We look forward to the opportunity to work together on the development of very successful smartphones".

Peter Ju, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia in Arima, said: "UIQ is an established and independent platform, based on open standards. Its rich application content, easy navigation and stable platform are recognized by worldwide brand companies and markets. Arima looks forward to working with UIQ Technology in delivering innovative, differentiated smartphones for professional and individuals who heavily rely on both data and voice communications."

Arima intends to become a lead player in the smartphone market segment by either direct sales to mobile network service operators or to main terminal brands.

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Enquiries / Media contacts

Arima Group, David Cheng, 2/F, No. 327 Sung Lung Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Tel.: +886 2 2749 5588, Fax: +886 2 2749 5577

Isabel da Palma, UIQ Technology AB +46 (0) 708 57 64 83, isabel.dapalma@uiq.com

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About Arima
The Arima Group is a provider of product designs, manufacturing and logistic services for many of the world's leading mobile terminal, information technology and consumer electronic brands. Established in 1989, the Arima Group headquarters are located in Taipei in Taiwan with global operations spanning over Taiwan, China, Europe, Japan and North America.
The Arima Group has over 12,000 employees (of which 2,000 are in R&D), and has achieved revenues in excess of $3 Billion in 2003.
Able to work under the Contract Manufacturing (CM), Joint Design (JDM) and Original Design Models (ODM), maintains the highest standards on Quality Assurance (ISO 9002, ISO 9001 and IS14000) in an environmental friendly ecosystem.
Arima is one of the largest manufacturers of mobile terminals and wireless data modules in Taiwan with products certified on all major wireless networks worldwide. Production is growing at a rate of over 50% per year. Many of the world's leading mobile terminals brands are customers of the Arima Group.

For further information about Arima Group, please visit www.arima.com.tw

About UIQ

UIQ is a user interface platform for Symbian OS, especially designed for advanced, media rich mobile phones. UIQ is designed to offer easy access to the wide variety of data services in 2.5G and 3G networks. UIQ based phones are powerful and give access to enterprise applications, email, multimedia clips and web pages. Excellent interaction and graphical capabilities also provides support for advanced gaming possibilities.

About UIQ Technology

UIQ Technology AB develops and licenses world-class user interface platforms for Symbian OS and supports bringing enchanting mobile phones to market. UIQ Technology AB, established 1999 in Ronneby, Sweden, is a fully owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd. UIQ Technology has licensed UIQ to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, BenQ and Arima. Publicly announced products based on UIQ include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 for 3, Motorola A925, Motorola A1000 and Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones.

For further information about UIQ Technology, please visit www.uiq.com
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