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Symbian Numbers Spike Dramatically

An Increase of 180% Reported

London-based Symbian Limited reports a total of 32 million Symbian OS-based phones in the world, aided by sales of 6.75 million in the most recent quarter concluded in March 2005. The quarterly shipments represent an increase of 180% over the same period a year ago, Symbian reports. The company also stated that there are now 3,804 third-party applications for Symbian OS-based phones, compared to 1,962 a year ago.

During the most recent quarter a total of nine new Symbian OS-based phones were released, from licensees Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Nokia. This brings the total to 48 thypes of phone, distributed by more than 200 distributors around the world from nine licensees. This group of companies includes BenQ, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.

Other highlights reported by the company:
 · Of the 48 Symbian OS phones shipping at the end of Q1 2005, 12 were shipping to network operators in Japan and across Europe for use on 3G networks.
 · At 3GSM in February, seven new Symbian OS phones were announced by Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia Panasonic, Samsung and Sendo.
· In February Symbian launched Symbian OS v9, with its enhanced security model and advanced enterprise capabilities. Symbian OS v9 is targeted at higher volume, mid-tier phones for cost-effective network operator deployment of value-added services and content,
· At the end of Q1 2005, 41 phones and variants based on Symbian OS were under development by 11 licensees (see Notes to Editors for definitions) (Q1 2004 - 30 phones and variants under development by 9 licensees).

Thomas Chambers, Interim Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer said in announcing the numbers that Symbian continues to strengthen its market-leading position in advanced 3Gmarkets, particularly in Japan. Of the 48 phones based on Symbian OS currently shipping, 12 are designed for 3G networks. In Q1 2005, Mitsubishi launched its first Symbian OS product for NTT DoCoMo's 3G FOMA network. In the course of the past two years Fujitsu has launched a total of eight Symbian OS products for NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network.

In November 2004, Sharp and Sony Ericsson announced their intention to develop phones based on Symbian OS for NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network. At the 3GSM international mobile industry tradeshow in February, seven new Symbian OS products were announced by Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung and Sendo. At the end of Q1 2005, a total of 41 phones and variants were under development by 11 Symbian OS licensees.

Symbian OS licensee developments target a wide variety of customer segments, languages, geographical markets and 2.5G and 3G network standards, the company reports. In February Symbian announced the latest version of Symbian OS, Symbian OS v9. Symbian continues to focus development on ensuring Symbian OS competes effectively with proprietary operating systems as a platform for higher volume, mid-tier phones. Symbian OS is designed as a platform for phones that enable cost-effective deployment by network operators of value-added services and content.

Phones based on Symbian OS v9 are anticipated to come to market during the second half of 2005. In March Symbian licensed Microsoft's Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol. Symbian will develop an Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol 'plug-in' that will enable Symbian OS-based phones direct over-the-air (OTA) synchronization with email and other personal information management (PIM) data supported by Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Symbian is committed to providing Symbian OS licensees with the widest choice possible in the evolving market for email and PIM synchronization protocols, and to support the development of products that meet the diverse needs of network operators, enterprises and consumers around the world.

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