LOD, Israel — WorldMate 2004 Standard Edition for Series 60 phones, announced today by MobiMate Ltd., incorporates a Real-Time Flight Status service, providing up-to-date information about millions of flights worldwide. This new service is just one of the enhancements in the new product that has been improved in both form and functionality.
WorldMate 2004 for Series 60 include traditional WorldMate features like World Clocks, a day night/map and an on-line currency converter, as well as enhanced weather forecast capabilities – with forecasts for over 300 cities worldwide provided by The Weather Channel (weather.com), and the new Flight Status service provided by the Official Airline Guides (OAG(R)), the world’s leading source of independent flight schedule information. The new version also incorporates Openbit’s License Manager Pro technology for wireless billing, supplying the end-user with the convenience of paying the monthly subscription and service charges directly on his phone-bill. The Flight Status service is a pay-per-use service that is charged for separately of the monthly subscription fee. Both fees are payable via the subscriber’s phone-bill using Openbit’s technology, that supports payment through over 70 of the world’s leading GSM wireless operators.
“WorldMate 2004 for Series 60 represents a paradigm shift for wireless applications. From one-time pay-per-download for static applications, we are looking at a wireless application incorporating 3 separate critical wireless services and a business model based on both monthly subscriptions and pay-per-use for premium services. This diversity, enabled through MobiMate’s unique infrastructure together with its partners’ capabilities, is sure to generate new, profitable revenue streams for all parties involved – and specifically wireless operators”, states Nadav Gur, MobiMate’s CEO.
“We are excited to see the success of Real-Time Flight Status with WorldMate. Our License Manager Pro solution is very well suited for various payment needs in the application business. We strongly believe in future growth of periodical and pay-per-use billing models in wireless applications”, says Harri Myllyla, Business Development Director at Openbit.
WorldMate 2004 for Series 60 will initially be distributed by select wireless operators, including TeliaSonera Finland, as well as directly by MobiMate and Openbit. For more information about WorldMate 2004 for Series 60, go to:
WorldMate is a leading mobile travel application service for smart mobile devices, with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. In 2004, WorldMate won the Handango Champion awards as the “Best Travel application for Palm OS” and the “Best Travel application for Symbian OS”. Key features of the Series 60 version include world clocks, worldwide weather forecasts from The Weather Channel updated on-line, a world day/night map, a currency converter with daily exchange rate updates, and real-time Flight Status for leading airlines supplied by OAG Worldwide Ltd. It is available for Palm OS(R), Pocket PC(R), Symbian UIQ, Series 60 and Series 90, BlackBerry, and J2ME handsets. The service is based on a Client / Server model, with the server hosted by MobiMate. WorldMate’s unique on-line capabilities make it a natural complement for wireless mobile devices.