[gnulinuxinasia] MALAYSIA-DEVICES: GUPP and Comintel Collaborate for WiFi-Centric Smart Communication Device

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July 10, 2007

GUPP and Comintel Collaborate for WiFi-Centric Smart Communication Device

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributing Editor

GUPP Technologies and Comintel will spearhead the production of a
Linux-based dual-mode WiFi (News - Alert)-centric smart communication
device for its subsidiary GUPP-TI Sdn. Bhd, a technology solution
provider for IP smart mobile communication and entertainment devices.


Comintel will manufacture and invest in GUPP-TI's premier offering,
the Phreedom phone, which is an open, SIP-based, Voice over WiFi /GSM
mobile phone offering unparalleled freedom on-the-go while drastically
reducing roaming charges.

Phreedom gives users the option to switch to VoIP-based calling when
roaming. This capability avoids excessive long-distance charges that
are accumulated when making incoming, outgoing and voicemail calls.
The phone also boasts WiFi andGSM technologies and added capabilities
such as browsing the Internet, downloading music and sending and
receiving e-mail.

"GUPP is a true pioneer in the mobile handset market. They have
developed an innovative, cost-effective solution that directly
addresses the needs of a rapidly-expanding market segment," said Lim
Keng Hock, Comintel's managing director in a statement to the press.

Hock continued: "Thus, it was a natural fit to combine Comintel's vast
manufacturing and business development expertise with GUPP's
innovative handset technology to deliver the ultimate mobile user
experience."

Comintel Corporation, Bhd. will reportedly acquire a minority stake in
GUPP Technologies, Inc. Through Phreedom, Comintel and GUPP hope to
tap the burgeoning IP smart mobile communication and entertainment
device market.

In order to meet expected initial demand, Comintel intends to add at
least five new production lines to their existing manufacturing
facility in Kulim High Tech Park in Malaysia.

Guy Tessens, co-founder and managing director of GUPP points out that
Comintel has an excellent reputation as an OEM and a long-standing
history of building top-of-the-line products. Tessens said that GUPP
is eager to leverage this world-class manufacturing and distribution
experience to contribute to the company's growth and the growth of the
Phreedom brand.

"The European market and the intense competition in the
telecommunications sector provide the ideal landscape in which to make
our debut, and the relationship with Comintel will then allow us to
expand into additional markets in the future," he added.

GUPP plans to commercially launch the phone in the European
telecommunications market in the third quarter, 2007.

Comintel Corporation Bhd, listed in 2004 on the Second Board of Bursa
Malaysia Bhd, is a major telecommunications solution provider as well
as original equipment manufacturer for the international
telecommunications sector.

GUPP-TI Sdn. Bhd, a subsidiary of GUPP Technologies, Inc., is a
premier technology solution provider for IP smart mobile communication
and entertainment devices.

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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call
centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles,
please visit her columnist page.


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