October 24, 2004 4:55 PM PDT
Nokia's Preminet aims to chill Qualcomm's BREW
Preminet, a distribution and transaction service, is similar to Qualcomm's BREW, which is now used by about three dozen carriers. Nokia is offering Preminet in conjunction with mobile media publishing company Starcut, which will provide music and other content, according to a statement.
The Preminet system excludes BREW applications, instead favoring ones based on Sun Microsystems' J2ME programming language. Nokia director Steen Thygesen said BREW was rejected because its proliferation is no match for J2ME, which is embedded in nearly one-third of the world's 1.7 billion cell phones. By comparison, Qualcomm
"BREW is an interesting, proprietary solution for an early-stage market," Thygesen said. "It's for carriers that want to get a start. We're looking at a system for the longer-term market."