SOURCE: Onset Technology

April 19, 2005 06:05 ET

Hutchison Telecom HK and Onset Introduce METAmessage Language Support for BlackBerry in Hong Kong and Macau

Lets BlackBerry® Handheld Users Read Japanese and Korean Messages in Their Original Character Set

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2005 -- Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited (Hutchison Telecom HK), a leading mobile service provider, and Onset Technology, a leading developer of enterprise access software for wireless handheld devices, announced today an agreement whereby Hutchison Telecom HK will resell METAmessage® Language Support for BlackBerry in Hong Kong and Macau. The product, designed for users of the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM), lets customers read email messages that are composed in Japanese and Korean. This service will be provided by Hutchison Telecom HK under the "3" brand in Hong Kong, which operates 3G and 2G services, and by Hutchison Telecom in Macau, where only 2G services are available. Language Support will be shown by Onset in booth #300 at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium held April 19-21 in Orlando, Florida.

Ms. Agnes Nardi, Managing Director of Hutchison Telecom HK, said, "By cooperating with Onset, we are very pleased to introduce the Japanese and Korean language support for BlackBerry to our users in Hong Kong and Macau. It can bring more convenience to the Japanese and Korean BlackBerry users in terms of personal communications and business operations as they can read email messages in their own languages via BlackBerry. With this new feature, BlackBerry will be able to extend its penetration further into the Japanese and Korean community in Hong Kong and Macau, by leveraging on our high-quality networks in Hong Kong and Macau, and comprehensive data roaming services."

The METAmessage Language Support capability lets BlackBerry users receive messages that were originally composed in languages that are not yet widely supported. For example, Windows users often have to download special files in order to view ideograms or comparatively rare alphabet symbols. In an email client, characters in these messages can appear as boxes instead of as language symbols. With METAmessage, such messages are converted by the METAmessage server into attachments that a user can open on their handheld to read.

"There are thousands of Japanese and Korean business-persons in Hong Kong who can benefit directly from the Language Support feature alone," said Gadi Mazor, Onset's president and CEO. "As BlackBerry becomes increasingly popular worldwide, Onset will continue to provide METAmessage features specific to user needs in unique markets and sectors. We are proud to be working with Hutchison Telecom HK to give mobile professionals every possible advantage."

METAmessage for Wireless

METAmessage, used by over 1,200 enterprise customers with over 130,000 users, is a complete, out-of-the-box solution for BlackBerry. Users can interact directly with a range of enterprise data systems including document management/time-and-billing programs, enterprise applications, and internally developed databases. The user simply opens a form on the handheld and either requests information from or adds information to the data source. Users can also:

--  Check spelling;
--  Print anywhere;
--  Set custom message alerts;
--  Access network documents;
--  Ask Concierge Services virtually any question;
--  and more.
In addition to its Basic product, METAmessage provides advanced Legal, Data, Emergency Communications, and Voice solutions. METAmessage supports both BlackBerry Mobile Data Service and BlackBerry email transport.

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited ("Hutchison Telecom HK"), a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited*, is the largest mobile operator in Hong Kong with over 2 million subscribers. It provides 3G and 2G services under the "3" brand.

Hutchison Telecom HK has always been a pioneer in the evolution of mobile development, deploying multiple technologies in Hong Kong since 1985, including 1G analogue (AMPS/TACS), 2G digital (GSM/CDMA), 2.5G high speed data transmission (GPRS/IS95B) and 3G video mobile communication services (WCDMA). It was the first operator in the world to launch a CDMA commercial network in 1995 and the first in Asia to launch GSM Dualband network in 1998. Hutchison Telecom HK was awarded a second-generation mobile phone licence in Macau in October 2000, and officially launched its GSM Dualband mobile service in the territory under "Hutchison Telecom" brand in August 2001.

Hutchison Telecom HK was the first operator in Hong Kong to roll out a world-class 3G service, forming an integral part of Hutchison Whampoa Group's global 3G footprint. With the launch of 3G services in January 2004 under the "3" brand, Hutchison Telecom HK has firmly established its leadership position in the 3G market in Hong Kong, providing a rich portfolio of ground-breaking video mobile communication services, superb network quality and extensive automatic international roaming and data roaming coverage. For more information, please visit the "3" website at

* Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited is a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.

Onset Technology

Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is the developer of METAmessage® for Wireless -- a unique software solution that gives business users access to virtually any data on their enterprise network using wireless devices such as BlackBerry® handhelds from Research In Motion (RIM). The software is broadly compatible with virtually all wireless devices and servers including those from strategic partners Microsoft and RIM. Since its introduction, METAmessage has been widely adopted by Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and a range of large service organizations. For more information, visit

METAmessage® is a trademark of Onset Technology. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

Contact Information