SOURCE: Onset Technology

September 12, 2006 09:24 ET

Onset Announces METAmessage Paging for BlackBerry

Solution Provides a Powerful Alternative for Sectors That Depend on Paging Technology and Networks; Retains Paging Simplicity and Reliability

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2006 -- CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment 2006 -- Onset Technology, a leading developer of beyond email applications for wireless handsets, announced today the upcoming release of METAmessage Paging software that provides paging simplicity and reliability for users of the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM). The new capability delivers an alternative to businesses that may be affected by the discontinuance of traditional paging networks or that wish to efficiently add paging capabilities while maintaining only one device.

The solution will be demonstrated at the CTIA show in the BlackBerry booth and at upcoming METAmessage seminars in New York City, Boston, and Washington DC. For more information, call (831) 471-1360 x720.

"Pagers serve over 10 million users who depend on simple, fast, and reliable alerting," said Bill Silver, President of NuTech Integrated Systems in New York City. "By satisfying this user need while adding the power of the BlackBerry platform, this solution will be an irresistible alternative to one-dimensional pager devices and networks which, quite frankly, may not be operating next year."

METAmessage Paging leverages the BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN messaging feature to deliver the following capabilities --

--  Users can quickly send page-like alerts and messages to individuals
    and lists from multiple sources -- a handset, a server, or a web console.
--  Recipients react to customizable notifications -- even when handhelds
    are set to Quiet mode.
--  A sender knows if a recipient has received and read a message --
    notifications identify full message status.
--  Response forms can immediately communicate user status and other data
    or can allow for more detailed messaging.
--  Messages can be sent in rich-text format and, unlike traditional
    pages, be as long as any email or PIN communication.
--  METAmessage Paging works even if email and other communications
    servers are down.
The solution is derived from Onset's METAmessage Emergency Communications technology that has helped numerous agencies and private enterprises ensure uninterrupted messaging in the event of infrastructure failure.

"Millions of people use BlackBerry to stay in touch with important and timely information every day," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Research In Motion. "METAmessage Paging provides BlackBerry users with yet another convenient method to stay connected while out of the office."

METAmessage is implemented by over 1,400 enterprise customers with over 150,000 users as a complete, out-of-the-box solution for BlackBerry. Emergency Communications is a suite of capabilities for BlackBerry that ensures effective messaging in the event of a catastrophic loss of enterprise network, email, or back-end infrastructure. Professional solutions provide fast access to time-and-billing, CRM, and document-management applications, spell checking, printing anywhere, custom message alerts, and much more.

About 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 the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld™ 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 sold through a variety of channels including major carriers worldwide. 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 registered 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. Other marks are the properties of their respective owners.

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