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Socket Announces Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit for Pocket PCs

January 13, 2003

Socket Communications, Inc., the MobileConnection Company, announced the availability of itsBluetooth GPS Navigation Kit featuring Socket's MyNavigator complete in-car navigation software for Pocket PCs, as well as theSocket Bluetooth GPS Receiver (announced November 18, 2002). According to the company, with thelatest map information, driverscan plan their trips quickly and be on the road safely without havingto read a handheld map or cryptic instructions. According to Socket, large graphics andclear voice prompts ensure drivers can stay focused on their driving.The software provides turn-by-turn instructions and map support forthe U.S. and U.K. European maps will be added in the near future. "By combining Mobility Friendly(TM) software with the smallest GPSreceiver available for Pocket PCs, our Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kitlets people make a single purchase that enables them to quickly andeasily get where they want to go without having to deal withcumbersome cables," said John Doub, director of External BluetoothProducts for Socket. "Built with the mobile user in mind, MyNavigatorhas the most intuitive user interface on the market and includes anarray of helpful features including missed-turn correction, on-the-flyroute modifications, almanac functionality, and speed alerts settings,enabling drivers to focus on their driving and not on where the nextturn will be." "GPS assisted PocketPC road navigation is a fast-evolving area.It's very exciting to see a solution where a lot of thought was putinto optimizing the user experience by offering extended featureswhile maintaining excellent usability," said Guillaume Perrotin,founder of GpsPasSion.com, an online site dedicated to GPS on thePocket PC. "The Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit is a very compellingsolution thanks to its entirely wireless concept and feature - andusability-rich software." Socket's Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit will be available February10, 2003 through Socket's website (www.socketcom.com) and throughSocket's worldwide distribution channels for a suggested retail priceof $529. About Socket Socket Communications, Inc, the Mobile Connection Company,provides a broad range of connection products for Windows-poweredhandheld computers, including Bluetooth cards, wireless LAN cards,digital phone cards, 56K modem cards, and Ethernet cards. Socket alsoprovides bar code scanning products and peripheral connection serialcards for laptops and other mobile devices. Socket products work with a varietyof handheld devices including Pocket PCs, Palm PDAs and mobile phones.Socket is headquartered in Newark, California, and can be reached at(510) 744-2700, or on the Internet at www.socketcom.com.
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