Novatel Wireless and Wireless WebConnect! Partner to Offer Merlin for Ricochet

Novatel Wireless and Wireless WebConnect! Announce the Commercial Availability of the Merlin for Ricochet Wireless PC Card

Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a provider of wireless data communications access solutions, and Wireless WebConnect!, Inc. (, a nationwide high speed mobile wireless Internet services provider, announce the availability of the Merlin(TM) Wireless PC Card Modem for Ricochet(R) 128 kbps with Wireless WebConnect! mobile wireless Internet service. The Merlin for Ricochet is a Type II PC Card that takes advantage of the Ricochet network to provide mobile wireless data access at end-user speeds of 128 kbps and up.

"Novatel Wireless looks forward to partnering with Wireless WebConnect! to provide high-bandwidth wireless data access solutions, enabling mobile professional to stay connected with the office and customers," said John Major, CEO, Novatel Wireless.

Wireless WebConnect! will distribute the modems via their multi-faceted sales channels, including direct, ebusiness, retail and call center sales. The Merlin Wireless PC Card Modem will sell for $299. Service plans start at $74.95 per month with prepayment discounts available. A $30 activation fee may apply.

"The Merlin is a vital next step in mobile wireless communication convenience and portability as it strengthens the available tools for ground-breaking wireless access for mobile professionals," said G.T. Finn, president, Wireless WebConnect! "Wireless WebConnect! is excited about this next step forward with an industry leader the caliber of Novatel."

The Merlin for Ricochet connects to Metricom's (Nasdaq:MCOM) high-speed Ricochet network, which offers mobile wireless access to the Internet, corporate intranets, local area networks, email and other online services. The modem has a robust removable antenna enabling maximum network connectivity with the highest mobile wireless data throughput available. The Merlin for Ricochet has a Type II PC Card interface, is compatible with Windows(R) 98/NT/CE/2000/2000ME/Pocket PC and Macintosh(R) laptops.

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