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SYWARE Introduces FoneDB®, the First Database Software for Smartphones Devices

New software allows mobile operators, content developers, and end users to easily create full-color mobile phone databases

Cambridge, MA (May 21, 2003) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive, mobile database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced the immediate availability of FoneDB®, the first database software for Smartphone devices. Based on Microsoft® Windows® Powered Smartphone software, FoneDB allows mobile operators, wireless content developers, and end users to quickly and easily create full-color, data-driven applications for mobile phones without programming.

"Data serves as the bedrock of today's information-driven world," said Sy Danberg, CEO of SYWARE, Inc. "FoneDB combines the power of instant access to data with the broad reach of mobile phones, taking personal productivity to a new level. Need to find an approved parts supplier while at a remote client location? Want to locate an Italian restaurant for a last-minute dinner with the in-laws? FoneDB allows individuals, publishers, and corporations to easily create and publish a wide range of mobile databases for business or personal use."

Creating Data-Driven Apps
FoneDB is a quick and easy way to create applications for Smartphones that support the collection, display, and modification of data. FoneDB applications are driven by forms that are designed on a desktop PC. No programming is required as forms are built with a set of common controls: labels, edit boxes, check boxes, drop-down lists, and buttons. Data can be formatted as text, integer, floating point, currency, date, or time.

Once created, each FoneDB form is a compact application that is able to store and retrieve data. FoneDB applications can be downloaded or emailed to one or more Smartphones. Data can be transferred between Smartphone devices and between Smartphones and desktop PCs. In addition, data can be shared between a FoneDB application and an ODBC-enabled application on a desktop PC, such as Microsoft Access or Oracle.

No Digital Signing Required
With FoneDB, SYWARE continues its commitment to simplifying the database development process. In addition to FoneDB's intuitive development environment, individual application developed with FoneDB do not have to be digitally signed before they can be run on a Smartphone. This means that the costly and time consuming task of securing a digital signature is not needed before a FoneDB application can be deployed on a Smartphone.

"Smartphones are an important opportunity to distribute mobile information to an untapped base of phone users, both individual consumers and corporate employees," said Sy Danberg. "According to a study by Microsoft and Edge Strategies, Mobile Operator Business Value Model for Smart Devices, as the mobile phone market matures, mobile operators face a significant decrease in the average revenue per use. For mobile phone operators, FoneDB provides a platform for new data services that will increase average revenue per user. For corporations and content developers, the software can provide instant, remote access to indispensable data."

Pricing & Delivery
FoneDB Professional Edition runs on any Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone and is available for immediate purchase from the SYWARE online store at It is priced at $399 and includes one license to create and modify the structure of a FoneDB database, one FoneDB ODBC driver license, and run-time licenses for 10 individuals. Additional licenses are available as follows: 10-pack run-times for $50, 100-pack run-times for $300, 1000-pack run-times for $1000.

SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the award-winning database and forms development tool for Pocket PC and Windows CE handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Hollywood Video, ChevronTexaco Corp.Texaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable®, a flexible software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers. For more information, please visit

For further information, contact:
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300
Fax: +1 617.497.8729

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Joe Romano, Partner
HighGround, Inc.
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