SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

November 10, 2009 06:30 ET

Sprite Mobile Partners With Socket Mobile to Provide Data Backup Capabilities for the SoMo 650 Handheld Computer

Creators of the Award-Winning Symantec Ghost Join the Socket Third-Party Accessory Recommendation (STAR) Program

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced a partnership with Sprite Mobile, developers of the industry's leading Microsoft® Windows® Mobile backup and recovery software solution, Sprite Backup. Used on over 17 million devices worldwide, Sprite Backup provides the ability to recover all critical data, settings and applications within minutes should a device fail, become lost or get stolen. Sprite Backup will be included in the ROM on new SoMo® 650 handheld computers and it will also be available for current registered users to download in the SoMo 650 Service Pack 5.

"Forming partnerships with top companies in the business mobility space is an important focus for us right now," said Julian Rayner, CEO of Sprite Mobile. "Socket Mobile exhibits the qualities and characteristics we're looking for in terms of partnerships, and we're happy to be part of their STAR program."

"Sprite Mobile is an excellent addition to our STAR Program, and we're pleased to have them as our first STAR software vendor," said Ron Gibbs, Sr. product manager and STAR Program manager at Socket Mobile. "Having a backup solution built into the SoMo 650 handheld computer ROM is essential because many Socket customers use their devices every day and depend on them to efficiently run their business. It's common for our customers to store business-critical data and applications on their devices, and having the Sprite Backup software available to protect that information from loss or corruption provides a valuable component to any mobile technology deployment."

"From a device management perspective, Sprite Backup makes the SoMo 650 even more enterprise-ready," said Len Ott, CTO of Socket Mobile. "It assists support teams and companies deploying a number of handheld devices into the field by making it easy to restore data if they encounter any issues. In addition, there are various levels of restore capabilities, so you don't always have to perform a complete restore of your device -- you can bring back selective parts if necessary."

For more information on Sprite Backup software, visit the STAR Program web site.

About Sprite Mobile

Sprite software was founded in 2001 by Chairman Murray Haszard and Director Sean Connolly, both formerly of Binary Research Inc., developers of the well-known Ghost software that was sold to Symantec in 1998.

Sprite has since developed Sprite Backup, the world's leading backup and recovery software for Windows Mobile devices, Sprite Terminator the remote device security solution and Sprite Clone, imaging software for the deployment of multiple handhelds, configured identically.

Sprite Software is a company dedicated to providing a better experience for the exponentially growing number of people who use and rely upon mobile devices for their personal and commercial needs. Sprite has become the popular choice, trusted to save and protect the valuable information that is often stored on handhelds and mobile phones.

Sprite is located in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit www.spritesoftware.com

About Socket Mobile, Inc.

With more than 15 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or www.socketmobile.com.

Socket and SoMo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Mobile, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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