OmniSky Corporation (Nasdaq:OMNY), the award-winning provider of branded wireless Internet and e-mail services for users of handheld devices, today continued its rapid expansion of multiple-platform support with services for two new Pocket PC devices and plans to extend its service to the high-speed Metricom Ricochet wireless broadband network. In addition, OmniSky announced that it has extended retail availability of the OmniSky service, making it the most widely available platform-independent wireless Internet service.
"OmniSky has steadily focused on delivering, as promised, the best-possible wireless Internet experience on multiple platforms and on multiple networks," said Patrick McVeigh, OmniSky's chairman and chief executive officer. "We're moving aggressively on this strategy so that a wide range of mobile users can take advantage of the rich and compelling user experience the OmniSky service offers."
Expanded Network Support
OmniSky plans to extend its wireless service to the Metricom Ricochet wireless broadband network, beginning with a trial of the OmniSky service for the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC in the first half of 2001. This is the first trial of the Ricochet network for handheld devices to be announced, and is aimed at extending the OmniSky service for Pocket PC to the fastest wireless mobile data network on the market today. Leveraging Metricom's Ricochet broadband wireless network, OmniSky expects to be able to offer Pocket PC users significantly faster delivery of e-mail and complete Internet content, including rich media, producing an even more robust user experience that takes optimal advantage of the Pocket PC platform.
Expanded Platform Support
Since launching its service in May 2000, OmniSky has added support of two additional Palm OS devices -- the Handspring Visor Platinum and Visor Prism -- and two new Pocket PC devices -- the HP Jornada 540 Series Color Pocket PC and the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC. Today's announcements include immediate availability of the OmniSky wireless service for the HP Jornada Pocket PC and an independent public beta of the OmniSky service on the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC beginning in January.
OmniSky expansion on the Pocket PC platform gives users the capability to experience the "real Internet" in full color and furthers the company's strategy to offer branded wireless Internet services across a range of mobile handheld devices. The OmniSky service will provide the fullest and most complete content offering available from a wireless service for the Pocket PC platform because of its support of a wide variety of content protocols, including PQAs (Palm Query Applications), Microsoft Mobile Channels, and other optimized content such as AvantGo and Everypath.
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