Socket Announces New Alliances With Bluetooth Software Providers

Socket's Bluetooth Cards and Embedded Modules Will Support Next-Generation Wireless Applications

At the Bluetooth Developers Conference in San Jose, Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCKT)(PSE:SOK) announced new alliances with key software providers to ensure the compatibility of Socket's Bluetooth(TM) cards and embedded modules with the next generation of wireless applications based on Bluetooth wireless technology. Strategic relationships with BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ:BSQR), Classwave Wireless Inc. of Canada, and lesswire AG of Germany will make a broad range of wireless business, consumer and entertainment applications available to developers, system integrators and value-added resellers who incorporate Socket's Bluetooth technology into their solutions.

"Applications will be crucial to the success of our Bluetooth products," said John Doub, director, Socket's Bluetooth program. "By working closely with key application partners at this early stage in the Bluetooth market, we can help ensure that people will accept Bluetooth wireless technology as a viable and easy-to-use solution for short-range wireless connectivity."

BSQUARE provides a rich set of product and service solutions for developing and deploying intelligent computing devices in consumer, factory, automotive and enterprise markets. BSQUARE's WinDK(TM) Extension for Bluetooth enables developers to bring robust Bluetooth-enabled solutions to market quickly by simplifying Bluetooth interface issues and enabling developers to use existing Win32 applications. "Socket has taken the lead in delivering Bluetooth plug-in cards for Windows-based Pocket PCs," said Paul Lever, Business Unit Director of BSQUARE's Platform Technologies Group. "We are excited to be working with Socket to accelerate the availability of Bluetooth wireless technology to the developer community."

Classwave's Polyphony Servers(TM) offer turnkey solutions for enterprises and network operators by routing information to mobile phones over cellular networks and to Bluetooth-enabled devices, via the Internet, through Smart Network Access Points (SNAPs). Classwave's key markets include the travel and hospitality sector, entertainment, retail, and professional services such as medical, legal and management consulting. "Bluetooth wireless technology has the potential to enhance dramatically the way people work, shop and play," said Tom Sweeney, President and CEO of Classwave Wireless Inc. "We are pleased to be working with leading Bluetooth companies such as Socket, whose plug-in cards and embedded modules can Bluetooth-enable a rich variety of intelligent mobile devices that will help make the promise of Bluetooth a reality."

lesswire's LocalNavigator is an integrated platform of software and hardware components that provide the infrastructure for mobile, personalized, topical, and location-aware services. The system operates in so-called "hot spots" such as trade fairs, museums, hotels, convention centers and shopping malls, train stations and airports, and provides information services, navigation assistance, and mobile Internet access. "Socket's Bluetooth technology combined with lesswire's software can turn handheld computers into personal wireless information terminals," said Markus Guenther, Vice President Business Development at lesswire AG. "Our alliance with Socket will help ensure that Bluetooth-enabled mobile clients will be readily available to take advantage of location-aware services."

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