BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, and Summus, Inc. (USA) (OTCBB: SUMU), a leader in the development of efficient information processing solutions for mobile and wireless devices, today announced that ZIO Interactive's Nineball, a fast-paced billiard game, is now available to Verizon Wireless customers who currently use downloadable applications, such as games, ringtones and productivity applications. ZIO Interactive's Nineball is powered by Summus' BlueFuel™ architecture and distributed in North America by Summus.
Nineball, a high-level precision game that can be downloaded over the air onto select wireless phones, lets players go against a friend or challenge a virtual opponent. Players can strategize their aim and also select the strength of the shot from very soft to very hard and everything in between. Players can even add "English" to control their shots like professionals.
BlueFuel is a thin, fast architecture developed by Summus to optimize the efficient processing of multimedia and data over wireless networks and provide a superior end-user experience. Application developers and content providers, such as ZIO Interactive, partner with Summus to build BlueFuel-powered applications for today's mobile resource constrained environments.
"With Summus' agreement with Verizon Wireless, we have taken another giant step toward meeting our business goals of offering high performance wireless applications on a major carrier network," said Dr. Bjorn Jawerth, CEO at Summus. "We are very pleased to be working with Verizon Wireless to bring innovative wireless applications and content to its subscribers."
"Since we launched our downloadable applications, we have noticed a rise in popularity among the games we offer," said Jim Straight, vice president of Internet and data services for Verizon Wireless. "Utilizing Summus' BlueFuel architecture and ZIO Interactive's games capabilities enables Verizon Wireless to capitalize on this growth and deliver a great playing experience to our customers."
Zio Interactive's Nineball for Verizon Wireless runs on Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™), an advanced platform that allows users to download the applications over the air. Verizon Wireless subscribers using a BREW-enabled wireless phone, which is compatible with the application, can select, purchase and download games, ringtones, productivity applications and more onto their phones.
Summus, Inc. (USA), based in Raleigh, N.C., has developed a series of solutions to change the way information is communicated. Summus' solutions are designed to enable faster and more efficient delivery of rich media and more efficient access to information using wireless and mobile devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistant devices (PDAs). Products include, exego™ and the multi award-winning video e-mail application, MaxxNote®, a ZDNet Editor's pick. For more information visit 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.
BlueFuel, exego and MaxxNote are registered trademarks and / or trademarks of Summus, Inc. (USA) All other company or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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