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CTIA Wireless Feature Article

April 04, 2008

Sprint Signs License under Klausner Patents for Visual Voicemail

United States based wireless service provider Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) has said that it has entered into a patent license agreement with Klausner Technologies for Sprint’s new Visual Voicemail service.

Also, the patent license covers the Samsung (News - Alert) Instinct cell phone, which includes the Visual Voicemail feature. Samsung Instinct cell phone was unveiled by Sprint and Samsung at the current CTIA wireless show in Las Vegas.

“We are pleased to add Sprint Nextel to our growing list of licensees. Sprint’s Visual Voicemail service and Samsungs’s Instinct cell phone are excellent examples of our patented visual voice messaging technology, letting consumers view and select voice messages in a similar fashion to the way they view and select e-mails,” commented Judah Klausner, CEO at Klausner Technologies, said in a press statement.

Sprint Nextel is the seventh company to date to license the Klausner visual voicemail patents. Other licensees include ISP’s such as Time Warner’s AOL (News - Alert), VoIP providers such as Vonage (News - Alert) Holdings, Inc., and ASP’s such as Simulscribe and Simulsays for Blackberry.

Founded by Judah Klausner, inventor of the PDA and electronic organizer, Klausner Technologies owns 25 patents covering visual voice messaging services in which subscribers selectively listen to their messages through their computers or cell phones.

Sprint was not a defendant in the pending patent infringement lawsuit recently brought by Klausner against Apple, Inc. for its iPhone (News - Alert) Visual Voicemail.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of this latest agreement.

Anshu Shrivastava is a TMCnet Contributing Editor.

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