SNAPFISH MOBILETM - POWERED BY BLUEFUELTM NOW AVAILABLE ON THREE NEW PHONES FOR AT&T WIRELESS CUSTOMERS
Summus and Snapfish offer Snapfish Mobile for new mMode phones
Raleigh, N.C. - April 2, 2003 -
Summus, Inc. (USA) (OTCBB: SUMU), a developer of applications and information processing tools that optimize the wireless multimedia experience, and Snapfish, the nation's leading online photo service, today announced the availability of Snapfish MobileTM on AT&T Wireless for three new mModeSM phones manufactured by Nokia, Panasonic, and Sony Ericsson.
Snapfish Mobile - Powered by BlueFuelTM allows mMode customers to share, print, and store photos right from their mobile phones. In addition to digital camera prints, traditional film photos can be shared via mobile phones. When subscribers send their film to Snapfish, they receive their hard copy prints and negatives, plus an online album in which their images are scanned and stored. These photos are accessible through Snapfish Mobile - Powered by BlueFuel just like digital camera photos. Subscribers can access their Snapfish account seamlessly from their mobile phones and use the various features they are familiar with on the Web.
Snapfish Mobile originally launched on the AT&T Wireless' mMode service in December 2002 on the Sony Ericsson T68i. Summus has made a number of improvements to the application since its initial launch. This new version of Snapfish Mobile includes a new and enhanced BlueFuel image solution, which improves the look of the photos and allows users to view crystal clear pictures from their phones.
The new mMode phones include the Panasonic GU87, Nokia 3650, and the Sony Ericsson T306. The Panasonic GU87 is AT&T Wireless' first integrated camera phone. Snapfish Mobile is also now available on the Motorola T720, Nokia 7210 and a refreshed Sony Ericsson T68. All six phones have color screens and many include extra features such as MMS functionality, optional camera attachment and optional joystick for game play. Customers can purchase the new content directly from their wireless phones for a monthly fee of $1.99 or daily usage charge of $0.49 in addition to the standard mMode charges. As an introduction to Snapfish Mobile, Snapfish offers the first roll of film developed free and 10 free digital camera prints.
"These new handsets are just the kind of devices that will drive more users to wireless photo- sharing. Now, even more mMode customers can have access to their film and digital photos anytime, anywhere," said Raj Kapoor, president and co-founder of Snapfish.
"We are pleased that AT&T Wireless has continued to support Snapfish Mobile and the BlueFuel platform by offering this application on so many more devices," said Bjorn Jawerth, CEO of Summus. "This announcement represents another step in our quest to establish Summus' BlueFuel as the premier global mobile and wireless platform."
Snapfish Mobile is powered by Summus' BlueFuel platform. The BlueFuel platform enables service providers, content providers and handset manufacturers to create and deliver mobile applications quickly and on a much wider range of devices and operating systems than competing solutions. The platform and architecture give developers the tools necessary to easily build applications for today's resource-constrained wireless environment while providing a superior user experience.
AT&T Wireless mModeSM service is available exclusively on the company's next-generation GSMTM/GPRS network serving thousands of cities from coast to coast.
With over four million members and more than 100 million photos online, Snapfish is the leading online photo service. Snapfish provides the majority of the population owning film cameras and the growing base of digital camera users, with a value proposition that cannot be equaled. When customers send film to Snapfish, they get a full set of prints on Kodak paper and a password-protected online album they can use to edit, share and store their photos - all for $2.99 per roll. Digital camera users can also take advantage of online services for free and order film-quality prints, on Kodak paper, for as low as 25 cents each. Snapfish has been rated the number one online photo service in surveys from PC Data and received top quality ratings from Popular Photography and Yahoo! Internet Life. Additional information is available at www.snapfish.com.
Summus is a developer of applications, platforms and innovative information processing tools that enable service providers, content providers and handset manufacturers to optimize the customer's wireless experience. The company's leading wireless applications, available through carriers such as AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL and U.S. Cellular, are powered by its BlueFuelTM platform. The Superfast, SuperthinTM platform enables Summus and its developer partners to quickly build user-friendly applications within today's processing and bandwidth-constrained wireless environment. The BlueFuel platform enables wireless carriers to deliver more efficient applications that can be easily shared between a greater variety of devices, operating systems and content providers. It also allows device manufacturers to develop more processing-efficient devices. For more information, see www.summus.com.
This press release contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the statements regarding the Company's strategic vision to enable higher quality multimedia applications for moderately priced mobile phones and the possibility of future wireless multimedia applications enabled by the Company's BlueFuel solutions, are not based on historical fact, but rather reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future events. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be different from those projected in any forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, may cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements: (1) a lack of sufficient financial resources to implement the Company's business plan, which has resulted in the Company's receiving a "going concern" opinion from its independent accountant with respect to its audited financial statements as of and for the period ended December 31, 2001; (2) the Company's dependence on the continued growth in demand for wireless Internet usage; (3) the rapid pace of technological developments in the wireless communications industry, particularly with respect to the availability of greater capacity or faster transmission speeds (also known as "broadband" transmission); (4) the degree of market acceptance of the Company as a viable wireless technology provider and of its wireless data services, including wireless e-mail; (5) technological competition, which creates the risk of the Company's technology being rendered obsolete or noncompetitive; (6) the lack of patent protection with respect to the Company's technology; (7) potential infringement of the patent claims of third parties; and (8) the Company's dependence on its key personnel and the risk of the loss of their services. The Company hereby disclaims any obligation to publicly update the information provided above, including forward-looking statements, to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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