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4THPASS INTRODUCES NEW VERSION OF KBROWSER FOR PALM OS.

Seattle-based 4thpass, Inc., a provider of WAP-based wireless microbrowsers that run on Palm and Java platforms, has unveiled 4thpass KBrowser Preview 2 version for devices using the Palm OS. The new version of KBrowser, the most popular WAP microbrowser for the Palm platform, allows users to download and install PRC programs wirelessly, without requiring them to perform a Hotsync operation. With the Preview 2 version, users click on a Palm Application reference within a WML (Wireless Markup Language) page just as they would on a hyperlink in a web page, and are then able to download the requested file.

KBrowser Palm Edition, a small footprint, high-performance, WAP 1.2 compliant microbrowser, first released in May of 2000, is broadly recognized for its friendly user interface and has emerged as the de facto WAP microbrowser for Palm among consumers and mobile application developers. In the new release, 4thpass has added several compelling features, including support for wireless file updating and new interoperability with 3rd party WAP Gateways, making it an invaluable component of any wireless application developer's toolkit.

"WAP is great as network protocol. It frees developers from having to deal with many different networks. But it is not a mature application platform. Users are demanding more functionality and a better experience," said Zeyad Ramadan, vice president of Marketing at 4thpass. "With the Preview 2 of KBrowser developers can build and deliver wireless palm applications. Until now, you've had all these mobile devices you can take anywhere, but you weren't completely wireless. You still needed your desktop computer in order to Hotsync, which was the only way to get any new files to your PDA. Now, with KBrowser you can download the coolest game or a new business application while walking down the street."

The new KBrowser Preview 2 can be used on Palm III, Palm V, Palm VII, Handspring Visor, and other PDAs based on the Palm OS. Other features include Favorites, support for WBMP images, customizable Home page, and a new Disconnect option for users connecting to the web with a mobile phone through the Palm's IR port.

KBrowser can be licensed directly from 4thpass under a number of licensing arrangements that give companies flexibility in delivering their wireless solutions. KBrowser can be co-branded to promote brand awareness for a particular product or service and can be licensed as binary or open source code. A subscription-based wireless server hosting option is also available. KBrowser can be used together with the 4thpass Wireless Server Gateway, hosted at the 4thpass Network Operations Center, or can be configured to work with most third party Gateway software, such as the Phone.com UP.Link, Nokia WAP Gateway, or Ericsson Gateway.

About 4thpass

Founded in 1997, 4thpass is a leader in the evolution of the wireless realm. Founded in 1997, 4thpass builds and markets the software infrastructure to deploy and manage wireless Internet applications on mobile devices, including the Palm, RIM Blackberry, PocketPC, and next-generation smart phones running the Java KVM. The company makes available WAP-compliant microbrowsers, server-side transcoding and provisioning technology, and core services for the wireless web.

For more information, visit http://www.4thpass.com or call 206-749-9070.
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