QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC Delivers Internet Connectivity through the User's Mobile Phone; Eliminates the Need to Upgrade to a Wireless-Enabled Handheld Device
ALISO VIEJO, CA -- The Wireless & Broadband Division of Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of a wide range of software and service solutions for the wireless and broadband markets, today announced the release of QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC, a software program that wirelessly connects Windows CE-based handheld computers to the Internet through a mobile phone and a data cable. The solution gives Pocket PC users access to email, Web pages and other Internet functions from the road.
The new program is available both to end-users and as a bundling opportunity for mobile phone manufacturers, service providers and handheld computer suppliers. It is the third platform in the QuickLink® Mobile line, which also includes wireless Internet access solutions for notebook computers and Palm OS® handheld devices.
"Most Pocket PCs now in use are not wireless-enabled, but users are increasingly demanding the convenience of having Internet access from their handheld without having to plug in," said Rick Wyand, General Manager of Smith Micro's Wireless & Broadband Division. "With Gartner Group's recent predictions that Microsoft will win over 30 percent of the market for handheld device operating systems over the next year, and travel restrictions that may increase reliance on handheld devices by discouraging the use of notebooks, our new QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC is positioned to meet the growing need for an inexpensive wireless connectivity solution for a family of products that is rapidly gaining market share."
The QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC software installs on the user's Pocket PC and transforms any data-capable mobile phone into a wireless modem. A software installation program enables users to configure the phone and create a new dial-up connection in minutes. Users can then access the Internet from their Pocket PCs between flights, in a taxi, in a meeting, or anywhere else a landline connection is not readily available.
QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC also gives users the option to filter graphics to accelerate Web page downloads; track the duration of their online sessions for compliance with time-based service agreements; and view the signal and battery strength of their mobile phones in the main application window. Since the Windows Pocket PC operating system includes Microsoft Internet Explorer, no third-party applications are required to surf the Web from the user's handheld device.
QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC can be used to wireless-enable any handheld utilizing Windows CE 3.0 or later. It operates via a mobile phone-specific data cable that attaches to the data or charger port on the phone and the sync port on the handheld. It will be available in the 4th quarter of 2001. More information about QuickLink® Mobile for Pocket PC can be found on www.smithmicro.com.
About Smith Micro Software:
Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of wireless communication and utility software products. The company designs integrated, cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless, and Broadband technologies, the company's products and services enable eCommerce, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800 or visit the company's Web site at www.smithmicro.com.
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