Targus Announces Availability of Plug-in Cards for Pocket PCs

Partnership with Socket Produces Complete Line of Plug-in Cards

Targus Group International, parent company of Targus USA Inc., and Targus Europe Ltd., today announced, in conjunction with Socket Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT)(PSE: SOK) availability of Targus' Battery Friendly(R) line of CompactFlash Plug-in cards.

The cards connect handheld computers to mobile phones, Ethernet networks, and serial peripherals. Socket's energy-efficient cards are compatible with Pocket PCs, handheld PCs, pen tablets and notebooks powered by Microsoft Windows.

The product line currently includes a Low Power Ethernet Card, a Serial Input/Output Card, and a suite of Wireless Web Cards. The Wireless Web Cards connect handheld devices with data-capable mobile phones made by Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sprint PCS and others for wireless web browsing and e-mail capabilities. In addition, a PC-Card adapter allows the Wireless Web Cards to be used with notebook computers.

"Handheld PCs have opened up a whole new world of computing possibilities," said John Sargent, Vice President of Communications for Targus. "Targus is committed to providing handheld PC users with a host of innovative solutions. This exciting line of CompactFlash Plug-in cards leads the way towards a mobile world that integrates remote network access, e-mail, and web browsing in one device."

"Socket is very pleased to be working with Targus to distribute this line of CompactFlash cards," said Kevin Mills, president and chief executive officer of Socket Communications. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Targus as we develop future mobile computing technologies, and putting these technologies in the hands of the mobile workforce."

Targus' line of CompactFlash Plug-in cards will be available through the company's 35 worldwide offices and more than 6,800 retail storefronts in the United States, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Fry's, Office Depot, Office Max and Staples. Cards will also be available by accessing the company's web site at www.port.com. Suggested retail pricing for the Low Power Ethernet Card is $139.99, the Serial Input/Output Card is priced at $149.99, and the Wireless Web Card is priced at $139.99.

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