Latest Version of Leading Mobile Browser Available for Download on Handango and PocketGear.com with Limited Time Discounts

Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA – December 8, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, announced today that its NetFront v3.1 browser software for Microsoft® Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC will be available this month from popular download sites Handango.com and PocketGear.com. Also available will be versions to support Pocket PC 2002, including support for Pocket PC Phone Edition and for the original Pocket PC operating system, as well as free trial versions and distinct versions with Java support. Limited time discounts are available for all of the newly available versions of NetFront.

“Windows Mobile is growing fast, and we’re happy to complement its increasing popularity by releasing a Windows Mobile version of our NetFront browser,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “We’ve built special capabilities into NetFront for Windows Mobile, such as Smart-Fit Rendering and multi-window browsing, to give users a better mobile Internet browsing experience than is currently available on their platform.”

NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a “Best Software Awards 2003″ finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Pocket PC, ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW.

NetFront v3.1 boasts many innovations that provide an unparalleled mobile Internet experience for end-users like Smart-Fit Rendering, a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the narrow screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. NetFront v3.1 also includes new functions such as Auto-Cruise scheduling, Google and Yahoo! Internet search bars, ActiveX and multimedia plug-in support, in addition to the well received features specifically designed for PDAs, such as multi-window browsing, drag-scrolling, and off-line browsing. In addition, ACCESS is now making available a version of NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002 that includes support for Personal Java (JV-Lite2 Personal Edition), which supports Web applications that require Java.

For a limited time, users can download NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC from Handango (www.handango.com) and PocketGear.com (www.pocketgear.com), LLC at steeply discounted prices. Users can also download time-limited trial versions for Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002.

Complete details on pricing and discounts as well as device support, new features and standard support are listed below.

Package
NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC

  • Available on December 22
  • Includes 3 months email support
  • Participating download sites:
    • Handango, Inc. (www.handango.com)
    • PocketGear.com, LLC (www.pocketgear.com)

NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC versions and prices:

  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 with JV-Lite2 (XScale version)
    • Download price: US$29.80
    • Limited time discount: US$19.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 (XScale version)
    • Download price: US$24.80
    • Limited time discount: US$16.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002 with JV-Lite2 (StrongARM/XScale version)
    • Download price: US$29.80
    • Limited time discount: US$19.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002 (StrongARM/XScale version)
    • Download price: US$24.80
    • Limited time discount: US$16.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC (StrongARM version)
    • Download price: US$24.80
    • Limited time discount: US$16.80

NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC Upgrade Offer

  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 with JV-Lite2
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 user Upgrade price: $14.80
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC user Upgrade price: $16.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 user Upgrade price: $14.80
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC user Upgrade price: $12.40
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002 with JV-Lite2
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 user Upgrade price: $14.80
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC user Upgrade price: $16.80
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 user Upgrade price: $14.80
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC user Upgrade price: $12.40
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 user Upgrade price: $14.80
    • NetFront v3.0 for Pocket PC user Upgrade price: $12.40

NetFront versions and devices supported:

  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 with JV-Lite2: TOSHIBA e350, HP iPAQ H2210
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003: TOSHIBA e350, HP iPAQ H2210
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002 with JV-Lite2:TOSHIBA e550G, HP Jornada 568, Dell Axim x5, T-Mobile
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2002: TOSHIBA e550G, HP Jornada 568, Dell Axim x5, T-Mobile
  • NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC: HP iPAQ H3630

New features in NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC:

  • Smart-Fit Rendering mode
  • Installation to external storage devices (Secure Digital and Compact Flash) supported
  • Auto-Cruise enhanced to support better scheduling and caching of content
  • Google and Yahoo! Internet search bars are supported.
  • ActiveX and multimedia (Macromedia® Flash Player/Microsoft® Windows Media® Player) plug-ins supported
  • Personal Java support for XScale® CPU

Capabilities specifically designed for Pocket PC based PDAs

  • Multi-Window Browsing (open up to five windows at once)
  • Drag-Scroll allows you to scroll by dragging the stylus
  • File upload/download
  • Bookmark, and Page Memo
  • Save Image
  • Simplified and advanced setup for display, animated GIF, tables, JavaScript and CSS
  • External application helper to launch applications such as Windows Media Player, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader for Pocket PC, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel
  • Off-line browsing
  • Horizontal size adjusted automatically
  • Resized display
  • Pocket PC Phone Edition is supported for PocketPC 2002 version

Personal Java support specifications:

  • JV-Lite2 Personal Edition for Pocket PC as Java plug-in
  • Sun Microsystems Personal Java 1.2a compliant
  • JDK1.1 Java applets are supported
  • Java Applet samples: calculator, game, etc.

NetFront for Pocket PC supports all the latest W3C specifications:

  • HTML4.01, XHTML1.1, cHTML, XHTML Basic 1.0, WML1.3
  • CSS 1 & 2
  • ECMAScript 3rd Edition (JavaScript 1.5)
  • DOM and Dynamic HTML
  • GIF, animated GIF, BMP, PNG, JPEG and MNG
  • HTTP/1.1
  • SSL2.0/3.0,TLS1.0
  • Cookies

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a “Best Software Awards 2003″ finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Windows Mobile 2003, ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 254 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront browsers power 254 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures (As of Sept, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/ or www.access-us-inc.com.


ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Windows Mobile is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com
China Contact:
ACCESS China Inc.
Delia Liu
86 (10) 6566-9636
delia_cn@access.co.jp
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Bite Communications Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369
bill.danon@bitepr.com