What is a PMG?

PMG, or Personal Mobile Gateway, is a new category of mobile devices. These devices bring additional revenues to mobile operators and manufacturers by enabling high-value products and services to be delivered to mobile users. The PMG brings consumers the ability to optimize their mobile experience incrementally: adding to their collection of connected devices according to their budget, over time, and by using a single subscription for the entire collection.

The PMG combines cellular (e.g. GSM/GPRS, CDMA, etc.) and short distance wireless (e.g. Bluetooth or other technologies like WiFi), with micro-router and micro-server functionalities. It is the point of connection between the wireless network and the new category of affordable and best-of-breed mobile devices (Sleek Devices) for consumers. The PMG can be a stand-alone device the size of a small mint box, or integrated into a cellular phone.

The PMG enables a whole new set of innovative, optimized Sleek Devices (e.g. watches, pens, phones, messaging terminals, gaming devices, cameras) that deliver a superior user experience, while still focused on fashion and budget. The PMG also seamlessly connects existing legacy terminals (e.g. PDAs, laptops) with no additional client software needed.

The software on the PMG can be upgraded over-the-air by mobile operators, decreasing the frequency of device replacement and extending the life and value of the PMG.

To distinguish a PMG-phone from an ordinary phone, a dedicated logo is used by PMG manufacturers.

PMG enables:
  • An unprecedented variety of fashionable, function-optimized devices
  • Low-cost, innovative mobile devices
  • Ideal form factors and ergonomics
  • Superior mobile devices to be brought to market faster and at a lower cost
  • Interoperability and shared data (pictures, contacts, addresses, etc.) among all PAN devices

Q. Are there differences in the PMG between the stand-alone and embedded version?
A. The PMG functions are the same whether the PMG is embedded in a mobile phone or is a stand-alone device. The only difference is that a PMG phone offers voice and other related services (e.g. SMS) which require a Voice Terminal in the case of a Stand-Alone PMG.

Q. What is the difference between a PMG phone and a Bluetooth phone?
A. A PMG phone is a lot more than just a Bluetooth phone. Software in the PMG phone transforms a Bluetooth phone into a PMG by including a MicroRouter, a MicroServer and an Applications Server. Those functions simplify communication with, and management of, other Bluetooth devices and provide service like thin terminal support and content sharing that are not available with a Bluetooth phone that does not include the software.

Q. When and why will the PMG approach be adopted?
A. Major operators and manufacturers have already embraced the PMG concept and benefits. Operators plan to introduce products to the market in 2H 2003. After the current cost reduction wave and with their significant network expenditures, wireless operators are searching for new data-driven revenue streams. This will be one of the primary triggers for PMG-based solutions adoption.

Q. Can mobile device makers add the software that will turn devices into PMGs?
A. Yes, there is software available today that can be implemented into existing mobile devices.

Q. Does the PMG support Java applications?
A. Yes

Q. Why is the application download functionality you offer better than what is already available today in GSM or CDMA?

A. The downloadable content is not limited to games and ringtones, it can also be software revisions, new device drivers and other plug-ins, for example. Unlike currently available solutions, the PMG solution gives operators visibility into the user's PAN and PAN-enabled devices. This allows operators to assess the status of applications prior to and after downloading.

What are Sleek Devices?

Sleek Devices are devices that communicate with the PMG and incorporate specific software. They are new mobile devices that can be designed specifically to meet users' needs. These devices deliver never-before-seen functionality and can share content and data with other Sleek Devices.

To distinguish Sleek Devices from ordinary mobile devices, a dedicated logo is used: "designed for PMG"

Sleek Devices benefits:
  • Increased variety of devices and applications
  • Devices targeted to specific markets
  • Faster time to market
         - Devices brought to market in months not years
  • Easy to design and manufacture
         - Complex communication technology resides in PMG
         - Certification completed in days
  • Lower Cost
         - Require only low-cost Bluetooth chipset for networking
         - Applications can run on the PMG saving memory cost and processing power
  • Devices can be produced by mobile device manufacturers and consumer brand companies