"PageSync(TM)" Offers Paging Reliability and Multiple Messaging Features in Single Device
ALEXANDRIA, Va. & SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 2007--USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, and Onset Technology, a leading developer of software for smartphones, today announced an agreement to provide a customized paging solution for customers using BlackBerry(R) smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). Under terms of the agreement, USA Mobility will launch a new paging service, called PageSync, using Onset's METAmessage(R) Paging software.
PageSync's custom application enables a pop-up box on the device's screen to alert the user that a page has been received. The application allows the user to receive pages with the same paging experience they had with a pager, including such key features as special pager alerts, reminder alerts until a page is read, as well as confirmation of message delivery. The PageSync service also allows users to receive pages from multiple sources, identify the source of an incoming page, track message delivery (i.e. dates and times), send longer messages in alternative formats (e.g. rich-text), and receive pages even when email and other communications servers are down.
A unique feature of PageSync is that it allows customers to provide only their pager number while maintaining the privacy of their phone number and email address. As a result, the person sending the message is not aware that they have actually sent a page to a user with a BlackBerry smartphone.
In short, the new service offers redundancy to customers by providing the advantages of both a BlackBerry and a pager in a single device and allows users to retain their personal pager number which they may have had for many years. USA Mobility will begin offering the PageSync service by the first quarter 2008.
"We are delighted to partner with Onset to provide an enhanced paging capability for users of BlackBerry smartphones," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of USA Mobility. "Our exclusive agreement with Onset, which combines the expertise of a leading wireless applications developer with the nation's leading paging carrier, should greatly benefit those customers who want to retain the simplicity and reliability of paging in a single multi-functional wireless device. In particular," Kelly added, "PageSync will help us meet the growing wireless communications needs of our core customer segments, including healthcare, government services, large enterprise and first responders."
Avi Koren, chief executive officer at Onset Technology, said: "With 60 percent of the U.S. paging market, USA Mobility presents a great opportunity for us to extend METAmessage Paging technology to growing numbers of BlackBerry smartphone users. We are very excited to enable the new PageSync product, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with the USA Mobility team."
In addition to Paging, METAmessage products include: Emergency Communications, an out-of-the-box solution that turns existing smartphone deployments into emergency communications networks; Professional, delivering capabilities that significantly enhance the value of any BlackBerry smartphone, such as access to documents located on office networks, printing anywhere, and custom message alerts; and Applications Manager, which makes deploying updates and applications easy for IT managers with large-scale deployments of the BlackBerry solution. More than 1,400 customers worldwide with over 150,000 users have adopted METAmessage. Customers include over 70 of the Fortune 500, over 40 of the AmLaw 100, U.S. government agencies and offices -- including the Senate and House of Representatives -- and a range of large service organizations.
About Onset Technology
Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is the developer of METAmessage software solutions that optimize emergency communications using wireless devices such as BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM). The software is broadly compatible with virtually all wireless devices and servers including those from strategic partners such as Microsoft and RIM, and is distributed through a variety of channels including major carriers worldwide. For more information, please go to www.onsettechnology.com.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to over 70 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
BlackBerry(R) is a registered trademark of Research In Motion Ltd.
METAmessage(R) is a registered trademark of Onset Technology.
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SOURCE: USA Mobility, Inc.