GoAmerica, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOAM), a leading wireless Internet services provider, today announced it has signed an agreement with Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS), the office supplies and services retailer, to feature GoAmerica's full range of wireless Internet and communications services and product solutions. The new partnership broadens GoAmerica's distribution strategy and targets home-based and small business customers, while positioning Staples as the first office superstore to offer a full array of wireless Internet solutions.
"This agreement represents a new distribution channel and puts our offerings in the hands of potential customers," said Aaron Dobrinsky, CEO, GoAmerica Inc. "Staples' expansion in the wireless Internet market is a progressive move and demonstrates a keen understanding of its customers' need for flexible and reliable wireless Internet services across multiple hardware platforms."
"Our partnership with GoAmerica allows us to extend our wireless Internet category, significantly expand the wireless communication service offerings, and positions us as the retailer of choice for wireless Internet solutions," said Jonathan Magasanik, Vice President and General Merchandising Manager, Staples Inc. "Given the increased mobility of the U.S. workforce, we want to empower Staples' customers to be more productive and more connected in their professional and personal lives through the power of the Internet."
In August, Staples will extend the product offering of its Technology Centers to include GoAmerica's comprehensive mobile data solutions. The offering will initially be rolled out to Staples' retail stores in major markets, including San Francisco, Boston, New York, Dallas and Orlando. These services will also be available this fall through Staples.com, a leading e-marketplace for small business.
In addition to providing access to critical information through state-of-the-art wireless devices, GoAmerica and Staples are committed to educating consumers on the benefits of wireless Internet, which will ultimately enable professionals to thrive in today's fast-paced mobile environment. GoAmerica will provide training programs to educate Staples' sales associates on the benefits of wireless Internet and provide ongoing support and in-store demonstrations to drive both associate and consumer understanding.
GoAmerica's Go.Web(tm) service will be co-branded with Staples and allow clients to browse the Internet and access, navigate and personalize Web content through an optimized browser interface. The Go.Web(tm) technology compresses data, enabling users to enjoy real-time access to important business information and Web content including financial news, sports, weather, stock and travel updates.
Additionally, Staples' customers will enjoy flexibility on GoAmerica's wireless Internet access service with GoAmerica's standard pricing options. GoAmerica and Staples will offer customers a $100 mail-in rebate on hardware with a one-year unlimited service contract.
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