|Motient to Provide Palm Users with Wireless Connectivity|
Posted: 10-Feb-2001 [Source: Motient press release]
[New cradle to offer always on connection to the Motient network.]
Reston, VA -- Motient Corporation (NASDAQ: MTNT), owner and operator of the country's largest wireless data network, has recently signed an agreement to provide Palm V/VxTM users with a cradle that will enable wireless access to vertical applications and the Internet using the MotientTM network. The developer of the cradle, Wavenet International Limited of Perth, Australia, will provide Motient with an initial order of 10,000 units to be delivered in mid-2001.
Motient's network provides the most expansive and pervasive coverage of any wireless data network in the United States -- reaching more than 220 million people and providing the nation's best on-the-street and-in building coverage. Since its inception in 1990, the Motient network has doubled in size and now operates more than 2000 base stations nationwide.
"The addition of this cradle to the Motient network opens up an enormous potential market for Palm-based applications, not to mention new subscribers to our network," said Walter V Purnell, Jr., president and CEO of Motient. "The millions of Palm V users in this country are all potential customers. This new product is a major step in our corporate objective of serving a wide variety of user communities, including Palm's. We also will benefit from having access to the 100,000 plus community of software developers working on Palm applications."
Wavenet's cradle integrates the Motient network with the Palm V device. The unit is always on and will automatically alert the user of incoming messages. The cradle provides a constant connection to the Motient network. This is made possible through an internal radio modem and a very low power microchip created by CML Microsystems Plc of the United Kingdom. CML is a market leader in providing semiconductor chips for the communications industry, including wireless data communications devices.
"Our new relationship with Motient will bring the convenience and value of this innovative cradle to millions of mobile business users in the United States," said John Thompson, managing director of Wavenet. "We feel Motient, as the premier wireless data communications company, is setting the pace for the future of the wireless industry. We expect the wireless cradle will open new market opportunities for both companies."
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