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Birdstep Launches Seamless Connectivity Service for Nokia SmartConnect Users

This release announces the new service, available to users of the SmartConnect service on Nokie E & N series devices and enables seamless connectivity when moving across differing wi-fi and network areas and in 'gap' service areas.

 
PRLog - Dec. 8, 2010 - MAIDENHEAD, U.K. -- Birdstep Technology ASA, a leading provider of secure and seamless wireless connectivity, today announced the launch of a seamless connectivity service for users of the company’s SmartConnect solution on the popular Nokia E- and N-Series handsets
SmartConnect is a connection management utility that has been available for 3 years for Nokia device users. The product enables users to specify their wireless network connection preferences allowing them to benefit from cost-savings and increased bandwidth. SmartConnect, actively used by tens of thousands of people around the world every day, is pre-installed on a number of Nokia E-series devices and is also available as a free of charge download from Ovi Store.

Coming a week after Birdstep’s launch of a new solution for Android devices, this announcement further underlines the company’s commitment to the rapidly growing Smartphone market.
The Seamless Roaming Service significantly enhances the SmartConnect user experience by allowing active connections to survive changes in network type and gaps in coverage. This is especially useful for users of VoIP, mobile TV or other operator services because they can now move freely between Wi-Fi and cellular networks without their connection breaking.
SmartConnect users typically wish to prioritize a Wi-Fi network in their home or office so that more bandwidth intensive services can be enjoyed reliably and cost-effectively. The huge increase in demand for Mobile Broadband data services has meant that many users suffer from unacceptably slow download speeds and have been looking for a way to offload their connections to Wi-Fi without losing their connectivity. The Seamless Roaming Service addresses this specific requirement.
“Based on feedback from hundreds of SmartConnect users, the launch of this seamless roaming service provides Nokia device users with a mobile experience that they have never enjoyed before”, comments Tim Carter, Managing Director, SafeMove, Birdstep Technology. “Users can prioritize faster, more reliable Wi-Fi networks to get the best out of the latest range of operator services as well as reduce their communications and data roaming costs. We see huge potential for this service because of the way in which it unites different wireless networks from the user’s point of view”.
The Seamless Roaming Service is available to SmartConnect users in Europe via Nokia Ovi Store at https://store.ovi.com.
A special launch promotion price of € 10 is available until 31st December 2010. For more information about the service and supported device models go to http://www.birdstep.com/smartconnect-with-seamless-roaming.
For further information, please contact:

Tim Carter
Managing Director, SafeMove, Birdstep Technology
+44 7899 790 281
tim.carter@birdstep.com

Torbjörn Sandberg
CEO and President of Birdstep Technology ASA
+46 70 5170964
Torbjorn.Sandberg@birdstep.com


About Birdstep
Birdstep Technology ASA is a leading provider of secure and seamless wireless connectivity software for operators, enterprises and mobile device manufacturers. EasyConnect offers advanced connection and service management solutions for network operators and laptop manufacturers. SafeMove is a mobile VPN solution providing seamless and secure connectivity to business data for corporations and governments.

Birdstep Technology was founded in 1996 and is since 2002 listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker "BIRD". The company has 82 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with competence centers in Sweden, Finland, UK and the United States. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com

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About Birdstep
Birdstep Technology ASA is a leading provider of secure and seamless wireless connectivity software for operators, enterprises and mobile device manufacturers. EasyConnect offers advanced connection and service management solutions for network operators and laptop manufacturers. SafeMove is a mobile VPN solution providing seamless and secure connectivity to business data for corporations and governments.

Birdstep Technology was founded in 1996 and is since 2002 listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker "BIRD". The company has 82 employees and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with competence centers in Sweden, Finland, UK and the United States. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com

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