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Socket Announces Digital Phone Connection for New Palm Handhelds

Socket Communications, Inc. today announced the Digital Phone Connection, a snap-on attachment that allows the new Palm(TM) m500 and m505 handheld computers to use a mobile phone as a modem for Internet access for applications such as e-mail, web clipping, e-commerce and remote access to corporate data. Socket’s energy-efficient solution includes a low-profile module that plugs into the Universal Connector of a Palm m500 or m505 handheld and attaches via a cable to a data-enabled mobile phone. The initial versions of Socket’s Digital Phone Connection will be compatible with Motorola’s StarTAC, Timeport, Talkabout and V Series handsets and with a variety of handsets from Samsung. “As a leading global supplier of handhelds, Palm is a great partner for extending our line of wireless solutions,” said Kevin Mills, president and chief executive officer of Socket Communications. “By supporting Palm’s new Universal Connector, which Palm has made an open standard, we are now able to offer a broad range of mobile phone connectivity products for all major mobile computer platforms.”

“We are excited that Socket Communications will make its mobile phone connection technology available to people who want to use their Palm handhelds to stay in touch,” said Byron Connell, vice president, Product Management and Planning, Palm, Inc. “Socket’s experience in using popular mobile phones for Internet access promises to offer another great connectivity solution for the Palm m500 series.”

Socket expects the Digital Phone Connection to be available in Q2 2001. Estimated street price is $69.

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