OMNIPOINT AND NOKIA LAUNCH FIRST SMART PHONE AS NOKIA 9000i COMMUNICATOR, WITH GEOWORKS OPERATING SYSTEM, HITS MARKET
ALAMEDA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 1997) - Digital wireless communications in the United States takes a leap forward today as Omnipoint Communications and Nokia become the first on the East Coast to make an all-in-one mobile communications device available to consumers. With the release of the Nokia 9000i Communicator, which incorporates Geoworks' GEOS operating system, Omnipoint Communications will be able to provide advanced data and voice functions on a single PCS handset.
Because GEOS is designed specifically for wireless handsets, the Nokia 9000i Communicator allows users to not only conduct telephone calls, but also fax, paging and e-mail. It also provides access to the Internet and remote corporate networks. GEOS makes the Nokia 9000i Communicator easy to use and provides a consistent look and feel between the phone's communications functionality and other software programs such as calendars, address books and notepads. Designed to meet the needs of the smart phone market, GEOS is rapidly becoming the operating system of choice for handset manufacturers.
Founded in 1987, Omnipoint is a leader in commercializing personal communications services. Omnipoint currently provides wireless communications services in the metropolitan New York area, Philadelphia and parts of eastern Pennsylvania; it intends to provide those services in additional areas. The company also develops technology and equipment for PCS and wireless local loop. The company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market. Its trading symbol is OMPT.
Based in Alameda, Calif., Geoworks Corporation is a leading software provider for manufacturers of mobile communicating devices, including smart phones, as well as the cellular industry. The company has licensed its GEOS operating system to leading manufacturers such as Nokia, Ericsson, NEC, Toshiba Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Brother International Corp. and Canon Business Machines. In addition, the company is working with content and services providers and international cellular operators. For additional information on Geoworks and the GEOS operating system, contact Geoworks on the World Wide Web at http://www.geoworks.com.
In keeping with U.S. law, Geoworks notes that this advisory includes forward-looking statements, including the availability of the Nokia 9000i Communicator in the United States and the establishment of Geoworks' technology as the operating system of choice. Actual results may vary significantly due to various risks and uncertainties. Those include, but are not limited to, the following: i) the smart phone market may not emerge to the degree or in the timing anticipated; ii) the availability of these devices is dependent upon distribution capabilities beyond the Company's control; and iii) new technologies and new services are inherently subject to development, timing and consumer acceptance risks. Additional information is available in the Risk Factors and Business discussions in the Company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other filings available from the Company or from the Securities and Exchange Commission.