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Option Approved for Compaq iPAQ Tri-Band GPRS Wireless Pack

Option, the leading innovator in wireless communications, announces that it has completed the formal type approval and certification process for the tri-band iPAQ Pocket PC Wireless Pack for GSM/GPRS Networks that it has developed with Compaq.

The type approval enables Compaq to market and sell the product for use on nearly all GSM/GPRS Networks worldwide. Certification includes PTCRB, UL, FCC, and FCC (Canada) for the North American as well as R&TTE and CE for European Market. Applications have been made to encompass the Far East & Asian market approvals, these being an administrative formality once PTCRB & R&TTE certifications are obtained.

“Over the past two and a half months we have been carrying out an intensive program of GPRS interoperability trials on over 50 different networks worldwide” said Douglas Ros Vice President Sales & Marketing with Option. “The success of these interoperability trials has proven the quality of our GPRS technology platform. This, combined with the formal statutory certifications, enables our customer, Compaq, to start world wide commercialisation of the GSM/GPRS Wireless Pack for the iPAQ pocket PC directly with Mobile Network Operators in addition to Compaq’s worldwide corporate sales channels”.

The tri-band GSM/GPRS Wireless Pack, jointly developed by Compaq Computer Corporation and Option, is being produced at Option’s manufacturing facility in Ireland. The Research & Development team based at Option’s headquarters in Belgium undertook the product design and realisation phase. The tri-band GSM/GPRS Wireless Pack will satisfy the fast-growing demand for wireless capable handheld devices. It brings unparalleled capabilities, providing easy-to-use voice, data and Internet wireless communication to Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC users.

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