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Symbian and Cingular Wireless team up to promote and accelerate application development for Symbian smartphones


Cingular Deluxe Developers receive complimentary Symbian Affiliate status while Cingular Wireless becomes Symbian Platinum Partner

Redwood Shores, CA – 16 October 2006 – Cingular Wireless and Symbian Limited today launched an early access support program to promote and accelerate application development for phones based on Symbian OS version 9. Cingular Deluxe and Corporate Deluxe developers are offered complimentary Symbian Affiliate status, providing early and free access to Symbian reference materials. Cingular has also joined the Symbian Platinum Partner Program, enabling Cingular employees access to exclusive program benefits.

A new Symbian Zone on Cingular devCentral provides Cingular Deluxe developers with early online access to the latest Symbian OS Library for Application Developers. This program is designed to give visibility of Symbian OS APIs and documentation before they are published in a smartphone SDK, helping accelerate application development for the latest Symbian smartphones coming to market including those with the S60 software.

Through the Cingular devCentral portal, developers will have full and unrestricted access to the latest Symbian Developer Library after completion of a simple click-through license agreement. Cingular Deluxe members taking advantage of this offer will have access to the Symbian OS Reference Guide – a definitive source of information for all Symbian OS C++ APIs which includes:

* a comprehensive introduction to the latest Symbian OS product release
* Symbian OS release notes
* Symbian OS C++ API Guide - including overviews by subsystems of all key APIs

“With over 82 million devices shipped on over 250 network operators, Symbian OS is the market leading operating system for smartphones worldwide. We are collaborating with Cingular to offer deeper support to its developer community, ensuring accelerated time-to-market for applications targeting the latest Symbian smartphones at the earliest possible opportunity,” said Jerry Panagrossi, vice president of US operations, Symbian.

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"As Symbian smartphones become more and more popular, we’re ensuring that our customers have the best applications possible for these phones,” said Carolyn Billings, director of business development, for Cingular Wireless. “Cingular’s devCentral is the developer’s portal to essential tools, knowledge, resources and business opportunities designed to help with productivity and profitability. By enabling our Deluxe developer partners to have access to the Symbian Developer Library before it’s publicly available in a smartphone SDK, we’ll help to significantly reduce the time it takes to bring an application to market for Symbian smartphones.”

In October, Cingular will showcase Symbian as its featured partner on the devCentral portal and will offer a free Webcast on October 19th on Symbian OS software development. For more information, Cingular Deluxe developers can visit the Symbian Zone of after membership log-in to the website.
About the Symbian Platinum Program

The Symbian Platinum 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. Symbian Platinum Program
About Symbian

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market leading open operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones, also known as smartphones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry. During H1 2006, 24 million Symbian smartphones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network operators, bringing the total number of Symbian OS phones shipped to 82.8 million.

Symbian is hosting The Symbian Smartphone Show, 17-18 October 2006, at ExCel, in London, UK. For more information or to register or visit Symbian Smartphoneshow 2006.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe (England and Sweden (UIQ Technology AB)), Israel and Asia (India, P.R. China, Korea, and Japan).


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