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New Funambol Position Paper Describes Open Source MobileWe &aposfor the Rest of Us&apos

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Funambol Inc., the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market, today announced the release of a new position paper titled, "Open MobileWe for the Rest of Us". The paper discusses how Apple's new MobileMe service has greatly publicized the utility of mobile sync for mass market users and illustrates that large numbers of people are willing to pay for sync. At the same time, MobileMe's initial teething problems demonstrated that while mobile sync may look easy, in reality, it is not. The paper describes how mobile operators, service providers, portals and device manufacturers have a new imperative and major opportunity to differentiate their offerings by enabling users to sync a wide range of mobile content, including PIM data (contacts, calendars, tasks and notes), push email, photos, files and other content. The paper notes that the keys are broad device compatibility enabled by open source and standards, as well as ease-of-use and service packaging. The paper is available at http://www.funambol.com/solutions/library.php.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept 18 /PRNewswire/ — Funambol Inc., the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market, today announced the release of a new position paper titled, "Open MobileWe for the Rest of Us". The paper discusses how Apple's new MobileMe service has greatly publicized the utility of mobile sync for mass market users and illustrates that large numbers of people are willing to pay for sync. At the same time, MobileMe's initial teething problems demonstrated that while mobile sync may look easy, in reality, it is not. The paper describes how mobile operators, service providers, portals and device manufacturers have a new imperative and major opportunity to differentiate their offerings by enabling users to sync a wide range of mobile content, including PIM data (contacts, calendars, tasks and notes), push email, photos, files and other content. The paper notes that the keys are broad device compatibility enabled by open source and standards, as well as ease-of-use and service packaging. The paper is available at http://www.funambol.com/solutions/library.php.

"MobileMe has shone a bright spotlight on the large pent-up demand for the ability to easily sync and share mobile content," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "Since MobileMe's debut, we have had many inquiries from mobile operators, service providers, portals and device manufacturers who are sensing the urgency to provide a comparable service to MobileMe. This new position paper explains the capabilities and benefits of an open MobileWe service for the rest of us."

About Funambol

Funambol is the leading provider of open source push email and mobile sync for the mass market. Funambol open source software has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times by 50,000 developers and project participants 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 AOL, 1&1, Earthlink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with an R&D center in Italy. For more information, please visit http://www.funambol.com.

Media Contacts Jenna Boller for Funambol Page One PR (415) 321-2344 jenna@pageonepr.com

SOURCE Funambol Inc.

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