Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSE:SW.) announced today it has teamed with GoAmerica Inc. (NASDAQ: GOAM) in an exclusive agreement to deliver the Sierra Wireless AirBoard(TM) for CLIE(TM), a wireless adapter designed for use with the Sony CLIE handheld.
Sierra Wireless will provide AirBoards and AirCards for Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) networks and the Ricochet 128 kbps network, designed specifically for the Sony CLIE handheld. Commercial delivery of the Sierra Wireless AirBoard and accompanying AirCards are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2001.
Sierra Wireless is developing the AirBoard to support both CDPD and Ricochet versions of the Sierra Wireless AirCard family, offering mobile users unparalleled flexibility in their choice of networks for a PDA. This design also permits Sony CLIE handheld users to use the same AirCard in their laptops, offering fast, reliable access to their networked communication needs anywhere, anytime. The Sierra Wireless AirBoard for CLIE is supported by a suite of modem utilities that complement the Sony CLIE handheld's existing service offerings including, exclusive digital imaging features and standard personal organizer functions that come with its easy-to-use Palm operating system.
"The AirBoard is an integral part of our overall strategy to deliver unique and powerful wireless solutions for handheld and PDA devices and is a strong complement to our existing AirCard product line," said Andrew Harries, senior vice president, corporate development for Sierra Wireless. "The Sony service powered by GoAmerica combined with the Sony CLIE handheld, result in a flexible combination of best-in-class products and services."
"We were pleased when Sony chose GoAmerica as the wireless service provider for the CLIE handheld, and we are excited to be announcing this complete offering, building upon our existing relationship with Sierra Wireless and Sony Electronics," stated Joe Korb, president for GoAmerica. "Our continued relationships are an important aspect of our strategy to meet the ever increasing demands of the mobile professional, offering wireless access to the information they need, when and how they want it."
"As Metricom rewires the airwaves for the capacity needs of data, the ecosystem of companies developing Ricochet-based solutions and service offerings continues to grow," said John Wernke, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Metricom. "The combination of Sierra Wireless and Sony products and services with our high-speed Ricochet 128 kbps network will provide GoAmerica's handheld users true freedom to take the network with them and wirelessly access information anytime."
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