U.S. Robotics Announces All-in-one Wireless Internet Solution
Company Teams with GoAmerica and Novatel Wireless to Bring ‘Plug-and-Play’ Internet Service to Mobile Users
CTIA (Booths #4932, #6335), Las Vegas March 20, 2001 - U.S. Robotics, provider of the world’s No. 1-selling modem brand and worldwide supplier of emerging Internet access solutions, today announced it has signed letters of intent with GoAmerica (Nasdaq: GOAM) and Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL) to offer an all-in-one wireless Internet package in the U.S.
The U.S. Robotics wireless Internet package will include a wireless service co-branded by U.S. Robotics and GoAmerica, and Novatel Wireless’ Type II PC card. A key feature of the bundle will be GoAmerica’s leading Go.Web™ service, enabling secure wireless access to e-mail, the Internet and corporate data. Initially providing wireless data access for notebook computers and laptop PCs, the U.S. Robotics wireless Internet package is expected to be available in spring 2001 from major retailers and distributors.
A prototype of the wireless Internet package will be shown at the Novatel Wireless Booth #4932 at the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA) show in Las Vegas this week. GoAmerica is exhibiting at CTIA Booth #6335.
“This type of easy-to-use product and service combination focuses on the needs of the individual user and will be the cornerstone of U.S. Robotics’ business strategy moving forward,” said Van Andrews, president and CEO of U.S. Robotics, based in Schaumburg, Ill. “We will continue to seek strategic relationships with outstanding companies to firmly and quickly establish the U.S. Robotics brand in emerging Internet access markets.”
Industry analysts The Yankee Group project the number of wireless data users in the U.S. alone to explode from the current 2.9 million to 12.6 million by 2002.
“An exclusive relationship with U.S. Robotics offers a tremendous opportunity to bring wireless data to a wider customer base and to extend the reach of Go.Web,” said Joe Korb, president for GoAmerica Communications based in Hackensack, N.J. “We believe that U.S. Robotics’ excellent reputation and the strength of its customer relationships will further accelerate GoAmerica’s success in the corporate wireless data services market.”
The U.S. Robotics Internet service package will allow users to securely access the Internet virtually anytime, anywhere and send and receive e-mail without a wired connection. The package will offer access to the Web at speeds up to 19.2 kbps, with coverage in most U.S. cities.
“Our wireless access technology brings connectivity, portability and security to this exciting new Internet service package from U.S. Robotics,” said John Major, CEO of Novatel Wireless based in San Diego, Calif. “With this package, mobile users will be able to ‘one-stop shop’ for their wireless Internet service and modem.”
About U.S. Robotics
U.S. Robotics is the world’s leading modem provider, bringing the Internet into millions of homes and businesses around the world. For three decades, U.S. Robotics has been at the forefront of modem technology. U.S. Robotics has reemerged as an independent company and will continue its tradition of making the most reliable, simple and innovative Internet access solutions available. U.S. Robotics is a privately held company headquartered in the Chicago area with a recently opened Emerging Business Unit in Irvine, Calif. For further information regarding the company and its products, please visit the Web site at www.usr.com.
About Novatel Wireless
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless data modems and software for use with handheld computing devices and portable personal computers. The company also provides wireless data modems that can be integrated into other devices for a wide range of vertical applications. Novatel Wireless is based in San Diego, Calif. Additional company information can be obtained from their Web site: www.novatelwireless.com.
About GoAmerica Communications
GoAmerica is a nationwide wireless Internet service provider based in Hackensack, N.J. GoAmerica enables its individual and business subscribers to access remotely the Internet, email and corporate intranets by delivering its proprietary technology through a wide variety of mobile computing and wireless network devices. Through its Wireless Internet Connectivity Center, GoAmerica offers its subscribers comprehensive and flexible mobile data solutions for wireless Internet access by providing wireless network services, mobile devices, and subscriber service support. For more information, call 888-462-4600 or visit www.goamerica.net.
U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. ©2001 U.S. Robotics Corporation. "GoAmerica" and "Go.Web" are trademarks of GoAmerica, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Regarding GoAmerica: This news release contains certain forward-looking statements intending to qualify for the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may affect GoAmerica's business, prospects and results of operations. GoAmerica's business is subject to a number of significant risks, including, but not limited to, risks relating to GoAmerica's ability to increase and maintain its subscriber base, uncertainties relating to the future demand for services in the emerging wireless data services market and GoAmerica's ability to successfully grow its infrastructure, manage expanded operations, integrate acquired businesses and offer new services. Such risks and others are more fully set forth in GoAmerica's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In Respect to Novatel Wireless: This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, development of new products, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies.