PictureMail Timeline

PictureMail Innovation Timeline, from LightSurf

LightSurf’s PictureMail Innovation Timeline began in 1997 when Philippe Kahn devised a system for instantly sharing pictures of his newborn baby using a digital camera attached to a cellular phone. Since that time, LightSurf has been at the cutting edge of innovation: designing, deploying, integrating, and managing Multimedia Messaging solutions for trusted partners worldwide.

September 2004
  • LightSurf PictureMail and VideoMail are Honored by theCDMA Developer’s Group as the Most Innovative MessagingSolution for Advanced Wireless Networks.
April 2004
  • LightSurf launches first inter-carrier MultimediaMessaging service in North America, connecting Sprint toCanada’s Bell Mobility.
January 2004
  • LightSurf launches MMSC and PictureMail Services for bothCDMA and GSM operators.
December 2003
  • Sprint becomes the first carrierto deliver an easy-to-use, affordable and nationwide VideoMail service powered by LightSurf. 


November 2003
  • Bell Mobility, Canada’s leadingwireless carrier, selects LightSurf’s PictureMail technologyto provide customers with fun and easy-to-use picturemessaging services. 



September 2003
  • Philippe Kahn honored for 3 decades of innovation in thetechnology industry by the Computer History Museum.
March 2003
  • LightSurf launches the LightSurf 5 Multimedia MessagingPlatform bringing real revenue opportunities to MMS,Picture-Messaging, and Premium Content Delivery.
November 2002
  • Motorola, O2, and LightSurf launch ‘Media Album’ – aunique, next-generation MMS Service
August 2002
  • Sprint Vision Pictures Launches Nationwide: InstantPicture-Messaging – Powered by LightSurf
May 2002
  • LightSurf Receives Upside Magazine’s Hot 100 Honors
March 2002
  • LightSurf Opens European Sales Offices
  • LightSurf works with Microsoft to Support LightSurfInstant Imaging solutions on Microsoft’s SmartPhone andPocketPC platforms
February 2002
  • Sprint PCS and LightSurf Announce Partnership to Deploythe LightSurf Instant Imaging Platform, enabling PictureMailfor all Sprint customers
  • International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) Presents2002 Leadership Award to Philippe Kahn
  • LightSurf’s eSwitch Instant Imaging Solution Delivers MoreThan Three Million Wireless Images During First 30 Days ofCommercial Launch
January 2002
  • LightSurf and Yahoo! Partner To Launch Web Image DeliverySolution For All Cell Phones In Japan
September 2001
  • LightSurf Announces the LightSurf III Instant ImagingPlatform to Deliver Secure Wireless Imaging Solutions to LawEnforcement and Intelligence Communities
  • LightSurf Announces Availability of the LightSurf eSwitch,Providing Instant Imaging For Mobile Internet Sites
June 2001
  • Philippe Kahn Demonstrates PictureMail for 20,000 Javadevelopers During Keynote with Ed Zander to Sun’s DeveloperCommunity
May 2001
  • LightSurf Demonstrates GPRS PictureMail Service withOne2One (T-Mobile) in the United Kingdom at MobileExpo 2001
April 2001
  • LightSurf Announces MediaExchange Server; Enables VisualMessage Delivery for MMS
  • LightSurf Announces Support for Qualcomm’s BREW platform
  • LightSurf Announces Support for Sun’s J2ME platform
March 2001
  • LightSurf Announces Availability of the LightSurf InstantImaging Platform with Support for MMS and otherStandards-based Messaging Systems
  • LightSurf Demonstrates PictureMail Picture-MessagingService on Commercial GPRS Network at CeBIT in Hanover,Germany
September 2000
  • Philippe Kahn Demonstrates First Wireless PictureMailSolution at DemoMobile Conference
  • LightSurf Reveals the First Application of Its WirelessVisual Communications Technology
June 2000
  • Kodak Launches the Kodak Picture Center Online – Poweredby LightSurf
April 2000
  • LightSurf Signs Partnership Agreement with Kodak toJointly Develop the Kodak Picture Center Online
February 2000
  • Motorola Licenses the LightSurf Instant Imaging Platform:Future Motorola Solutions to be “Powered By LightSurf”
  • LightSurf Announces New Headquarters in Downtown SantaCruz, Ca
Spring 1998
  • Philippe Kahn Founds LightSurf with Partner Sonia Lee withthe Vision to Make Instant Visual Communications Possible forEveryone
  • Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee have a brand new baby, Sophie.While in the hospital, Philippe figures out a way to connect acell phone to a digital camera to send pictures instantly tofriends and family around the globe. They decide this is afantastic idea, but it needs to be radically simple so

    everyone can use it.

The original timeline, located on the LightSurf website