LONDON & WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, and Vodafone UK, are introducing a new way to personalize the mobile user interface on select mobile handsets. With Monotype Imaging’s new FlipFont™ solution accessible from Vodafone live!, Vodafone becomes the first operator in Europe to offer downloadable, mobile-optimized fonts to replace the factory-installed, default font.
“FlipFont has the potential to springboard fonts into the forefront of mobile personalization,” said John Seguin, executive vice president of Monotype Imaging. “As mobile phones become more of an indispensable part of our lives, it’s natural for us to want to reflect our personality in these devices, and font choice provides an attractive avenue to do this. Together with Vodafone UK, we’re introducing a new level of creative freedom. FlipFont is a significant entry for both companies to empower consumers to personalize their own handsets with fonts.”
The FlipFont solution debuts with a selection of 10 scalable fonts downloadable to the Nokia® N73™, N95™ and N95 8GB handsets. Typeface designs range from the ITC Stylus™ font, with its hand-lettered feel, to the attention-grabbing Musclehead™ design, starting at £1.99 for a single font. The FlipFont solution also includes a utility that allows customers to ‘flip’ to use a different font, or access additional fonts that can be previewed, licensed and downloaded. Additional fonts are expected to become available on an ongoing basis.
“Ever since mobile became mass market, consumers have enjoyed personalizing their phones,” said Mike Eaton, head of mobile content at Vodafone UK. “From clip-on phone covers in the early days to ringtones and wallpapers more recently, customers have always appreciated innovation to have a truly unique mobile experience, and FlipFont brings just that.”
Julie Strawson, director of marketing Europe at Monotype Imaging Ltd. said, “Users have tried to change their phone font and have ‘broken’ their phone in the process, so we’ve collaborated with Vodafone UK to ensure FlipFont is safe, fun and easy to use. By choosing a font to suit their needs, users can improve their mobile experience and make their phone more usable. We’ve worked closely with Vodafone UK to optimize FlipFont and together be the first to offer this solution in Europe. With solid growth projected for mobile data services, we believe fonts can play an integral role to help OEMs and operators such as Vodafone UK enable a greater level of personalization. Our goal is to extend coverage to a wider range of operating systems and phones worldwide.”
Mobile data services, which account for any service on a mobile device other than voice-based services, are expected to exceed $200 billion in 2008 for the first time, according to the research firm, Informa Telecoms & Media. Mobile data services revenues were approximately $157 billion in 2007. Growth drivers, as reported by the research firm, include the acceleration of deployment of advanced technologies, an increasingly competitive market and a growing demand for mobile data services.
The initially supported phones are based on Symbian OS™ and the Nokia S60® platform which support Monotype Imaging’s iType® scalable font engine. “The openness of Symbian OS combined with the flexibility of iType have been instrumental in turning the ingenious concept of FlipFont into reality,” said Mike Whittingham, vice president of ecosystem development at Symbian. “Monotype Imaging and Vodafone exemplify what can be done to leverage Symbian OS to further differentiate products and create new revenue streams.”
As part of the inaugural FlipFont solution, Monotype Imaging’s iType technology enables the downloaded font to be linked with the default font, providing users with the ability to access non-Latin characters, such as Greek or Cyrillic, which are not contained in the downloaded font. While sufficient in most cases, as each FlipFont typeface supports Latin-based European languages, this feature preserves the ability to use characters from the wider character set available from the default font.
About Vodafone UK
Vodafone UK has 18.5 million customers and is part of the world’s largest mobile community offering a wide range of voice and data communications. The company is committed to providing mobile solutions that allow both consumer and business customers to make the most of now. Vodafone customers can now use Internet on your Mobile to view and navigate Web pages and their favorite sites such as YouTube, eBay and the BBC. In addition, Vodafone connects customers across the globe with roaming agreements worldwide. It provides 3G roaming in 29 countries and offers great roaming value with Vodafone Passport. Vodafone UK is in the top 20 Best Big Companies to Work For in the Sunday Times Best Companies List, March 2008. Further information can be found by visiting www.vodafone.co.uk.
About Monotype Imaging
Monotype Imaging is a global provider of text imaging solutions for manufacturers and developers of consumer electronics devices including laser printers, copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, digital cameras and software applications and operating systems. The company also provides printer drivers and color imaging technologies to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Monotype Imaging technologies are combined with access to more than 10,000 typefaces from the Monotype®, Linotype® and ITC® typeface libraries – home to some of the world’s most widely used designs, including the Times New Roman®, Helvetica® and ITC Franklin Gothic™ typefaces. Fonts are licensed to creative and business professionals through custom font design services, direct sales or e-commerce portals. Monotype Imaging offers fonts and industry-standard solutions that support all of the world’s major languages. The company is based in Woburn, Mass., with regional offices in the UK, Germany (Linotype), Mt. Prospect, Ill., Redwood City, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Japan and China. Information about Monotype Imaging and its products can be found at www.monotypeimaging.com, www.fonts.com, www.linotype.com, www.monotypefonts.com, www.itcfonts.com, www.customfonts.com, www.fontwise.com, www.fonts.hk and www.faces.co.uk.
Monotype and iType are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. FlipFont and Nadianne are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Times New Roman is a trademark of The Monotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain other jurisdictions. Linotype is a registered trademark of Linotype GmbH in the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Helvetica is a trademark of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC Stylus, Musclehead and ITC Franklin Gothic are trademarks of International Typeface Corp. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Nokia, S60, N73 and N95 are trademarks of Nokia Corp. and/or its related companies and are protected by U.S. and international trademark laws. Symbian and all Symbian based marks are trademarks of Symbian Software Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2008 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.