San Francisco, CA & Overland Park, KS–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–May 25, 2005–Weathernews, the world’s largest publicly traded full-service weather company, is launching the first downloadable Spanish-language application in the United States that provides weather news and updates to customers’ cell phones. Clima Weathernews will be available initially to Sprint PCS Vision(SM) customers throughout the country.
Clima Weathernews is available for download now and costs $3.49 per month. Clima Weathernews comes to the market as the first downloadable Spanish-language mobile weather application in the United States. Bringing the international world to the local level, Weathernews already provides Spanish-language service to various international markets outside of the U.S.
“The Hispanic market is one of the fastest growing segments in mobile communications,” said John Burris, director – Wireless Data Services, Sprint. “We are excited about working with Weathernews to provide this unique and valuable service to our Spanish-speaking customers.”
The Clima Weathernews application works on select handsets on the Sprint platform and offers a unique city skyline of 130 domestic and international locations overlaid with current weather and sky conditions. This unique application features simple-to-obtain weather alerts and a detailed vacation planner for popular national and international destinations.
Other features of Clima Weathernews wireless service include:
— Global Weather Database – Detailed weather information for 60,000 locations
— My Weather – Preset weather information for up to five “favorite” cities
— Airport Weather – Current conditions at top U.S. airports, incorporating delays and airline phone numbers
— Radar images, moon phases, sunrise/sunset notices
— National Weather Service Bulletins
For more information on the product, go to http://us.weathernews.com/mobile/info_es.pdf
For more information on how to download the application, go to http://us.weathernews.com/mobile/howto_es.pdf
For frequently asked questions on the Spanish application, go to http://us.weathernews.com/mobile/faq_es.pdf
Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr
About Weathernews Americas Inc.
Weathernews Americas Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc. Based in Japan, Weathernews, Inc. is the world’s largest, publicly traded, full-service weather company (TSE#1, 4825). A global organization with 35 offices in 14 countries, Weathernews delivers customized, risk communication services to businesses and individuals whose lives or livelihoods are affected by the weather. With over 12,000 business customers and 1.3 million wireless subscribers worldwide, the company consistently evaluates and evolves existing applications for weather information while exploring additional markets and industries which would benefit operationally and financially from specific weather information and delivery methods. Currently, Weathernews delivers weather information, analysis and risk communication services to some of the largest companies in agriculture, aviation, energy, marine, media, offshore oil and retail. For more information, go to http://www.weathernews.com
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