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Funambol Ad-funded Open Source Push Email Solution Honored at 3GSM Mobile World Congress

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Funambol, the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced it won the highest ranked Expert Jury Award from the Mobile Monday Peer Awards 2008 given out in conjunction with 3GSM Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb. 11-14. The awards were determined as part of an evaluation and selection process that was conducted during the first day of this week's conference.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Funambol, the leading provider of Mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source, today announced it won the highest ranked Expert Jury Award from the Mobile Monday Peer Awards 2008 given out in conjunction with 3GSM Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb. 11-14. The awards were determined as part of an evaluation and selection process that was conducted during the first day of this week's conference.

Funambol was chosen by an expert jury representing a global cross-section of leading mobile operators, search engines, online portals and wireless startups. Funambol presented its ad-funded mobile email solution and discussed its recent market traction of being deployed commercially at customers with a combined subscriber count of over 300 million users.

"With all the buzz about BlackBerry outages, iPhones, Android and smartphones, it's easy to forget that less that 2% of the world's 3.3 billion mobile phone users get email on their phone," said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol. "I think the expert jury was impressed by both our unique open source model and our business model that together enable mobile email and content to be delivered to the other 98% of mobile users. We are honored to be considered as amongst the best-of-the-best mobile growth companies by our peers."

Funambol this week is demonstrating its award-winning ad-funded open source mobile email solution at Mobile World Congress at stand #1J46 in Hall 1.

Funambol last week announced a partnership with Amobee Media Systems, the world leader in advertising solutions for mobile operators, to provide the first ad-funded open mobile email solution for the mass market. The company further announced that it has gained significant market traction, signing up new customers that included one of the top three online portals in the world, two of the top five device manufacturers and a large U.S. wireless operator. These new customers were the basis for the company's most successful quarter on record, indicating that its open source approach is accelerating the adoption of mobile email for the mass market.

About Funambol

Funambol provides mobile 2.0 messaging software powered by open source. The company is the leading provider of open source push email and PIM sync solutions for the mass market. Funambol open source has been downloaded 2,000,000 times by tens of thousands of developers and users in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed at service providers, mobile operators, portals, device manufacturers and ISVs including customers such as 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates). Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with an R&D center in Italy. See http://www.funambol.com.

Media Contact Shelly Milam for Funambol Page One PR (415) 875-7491 shelly@pageonepr.com

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