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Open Source Push Email, Contacts and Calendars appear at 3GSM

Funambol, a mobile open source software company, previewed its new mobile email portal for consumers at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. The company also showed the world's first open source Java mobile email client for mass market phones and how its software powers the email, contacts and calendars for the popular OpenMoko mobile Linux platform.

Funambol is the leading provider of open source push email, contacts and calendars, and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times, tripling the size of its user and developer network since 3GSM World Congress a year ago.

"The market for consumer mobile email exceeds today's enterprise mobile email market and remains largely untapped," said Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol. "Funambol gives carriers the essential ingredient for unleashing this revenue potential -- open source software. Funambol mobile open source software is supported by 10,000 developers in 200 countries around the globe, delivering unprecedented device compatibility at unprecedented cost."

The Funambol portal has been completely revamped as it takes advantage of the new Funambol v3 open source mobile app server. The portal makes it easy for users to setup their mobile phones for email and to manage their mobile email, contacts and calendar info. It automates Over-The-Air (OTA) configuration of mobile devices. To set up a device for email, a user just enters their mobile number into the portal. The portal sends an SMS message to the phone, which the user accepts to configure it.

For the first time, Funambol will be demonstrating its J2ME client for delivering open source mobile email, contacts and calendars on the world's most ubiquitous application platform for mobile devices.

Since its November introduction as the world's first fully open Linux- based software stack for mobile phones, OpenMoko has received industry and community acclaim as the open alternative to the iPhone. Funambol allows OpenMoko-based phones to wirelessly synchronize mobile applications and content, including PIM, push email, photos, video, ringtones, music and more.

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