San Jose, October 16, 1995 SkyTel Corp., a subsidiary of Mtel, today announced two-way paging and wireless messaging services for the HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer, which is based on the Geoworks GEOS operating system. SkyTel(TM) is the first and only provider of two-way paging services in the U.S., through its recently launched SkyTel 2-WaySM network. The SkyTel Messenger kit will give HP OmniGo 100 organizer users the flexibility to create and transmit messages immediately and wirelessly. In addition, today's announcement further expands the alliance between SkyTel and HP to develop and market two-way paging and wireless messaging solutions for HP palmtop PCs and organizers.
"We are delighted to expand our recently announced relationship with HP to include support for the HP OmniGo organizer," said Doug Brackbill, senior vice president, Advanced Applications, Mtel Corp. "The HP OmniGo organizer and SkyTel 2-Way service go hand-in-hand. This combination of pocket-size, easy-to-use products will bring users the kind of rapid, spontaneous wireless messaging they need to be productive and easy to reach when away from their office or desktop."
"Wireless messaging is a 'must' for the HP OmniGo organizer," said Kheng Joo Khaw, general manager of HP's Asia Pacific PC Division. "Working with SkyTel provides a unique opportunity for us and allows us to take advantage of the first-ever two-way paging service in addition to bringing users a practical solution that immediately helps them be more effective as mobile professionals."
Using the SkyTel Messenger kit people can create and send wireless messages. The messaging software which was co-developed by Geoworks and SkyTel, takes advantage of the strengths and features of the GEOS operating system. It provides an inbox and outbox for managing messages and integrates SkyTel pager mailbox ID information with the HP OmniGo 100 organizer phone book. This gives users a quick and easy way to address messages.
"SkyTel and Geoworks have worked together successfully to offer SkyTel 2-Way, the first two-way paging service, on the GEOS platform. Users can communicate quickly and easily whether they are in the back of a taxicab or sitting at an airport departure gate. It's the kind of communication that is crucial in today's business world," said Gordon Mayer, president and CEO of Geoworks.
The SkyTel Messenger kit for the HP OmniGo organizer, which will be co-marketed by HP and SkyTel, will be available directly from SkyTel in the first quarter of 1996. In addition to the messaging application, the kit includes a connection cable and a compact carrying case, which fits both a HP OmniGo organizer and a SkyTel 2-Way pager.
Expanding their relationship to include the HP OmniGo organizer is a further step in a series of joint development and marketing activities between SkyTel and HP. Both companies already co-market a wireless messaging solution for the HP 100LX and 200LX palmtop PCs.
Information on SkyTel Messenger kit for the HP OmniGo organizer is available by calling 1-800-643-0323.
Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (Mtel), headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the pioneer in wireless messaging technology. Mtel uses digital technology and sophisticated software to facilitate personal communications through a variety of services and devices. SkyTel Corp., a subsidiary of Mtel, is the leading brand in global wireless paging and messaging. SkyTel provides paging and advanced messaging service in thousands of cities throughout North America and in 17 countries worldwide. With its strong established base of users and advanced technology, SkyTel leverages the convergence of computers, communications and mobility to help people work outside the confines of traditional offices.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 99,900 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year.
Founded in 1983, Geoworks develops and markets operating systems and application software for the consumer computing device (CCD) market. CCDs include mobile devices such as electronic organizers, smart phones and mobile companions. Geoworks' partners that have adopted GEOS technology include an impressive list of leading consumer products companies. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California.
SkyTel is a registered trademark of SkyTel Corp. SkyTel 2-Way is a service mark of SkyTel Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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