SOURCE: Onset Technology

April 18, 2005 07:05 ET

Onset Announces METAmessage Server v.5 for BlackBerry

Upgrade to Integrate Tightly With BlackBerry Mobile Data System™ and BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ for Fast and Easy Deployments

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2005 -- Wireless Enterprise Symposium -- Onset Technology, a leading developer of enterprise access software for wireless handheld devices, announced today METAmessage Server version 5.0, a major upgrade that will make the deployment and integration of METAmessage solutions considerably faster and easier. Major enhancements will include the ability to quickly set up with BlackBerry Mobile Data System™ (MDS) and the extensive use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ extensions and IT policies. These enhancements and a rich feature set are designed to take full advantage of the latest developments in the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM).

"The METAmessage server is recognized in the industry as a mature, robust product," said Eyran Blumberg, Onset's vice president of products. "However, this industry demands a constantly improving and expanding feature set. And, IT professionals have less and less bandwidth for installation and maintenance. We need to provide a solution that is increasingly powerful and faster and, at the same time, easy to implement. Our new version 5.0 is just that."

Recent enhancements to the METAmessage feature set include:

--  Custom alert notifications of SMS, PIN, and email messages
--  Message blast integration with mass communication systems
--  Panic Button and Emergency Locator capabilities
--  Language support, letting users read Japanese and Korean messages in
    their original character set
--  Read/Opened receipt notifications
--  Spell checking in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch
--  Text-based fax viewing
--  Faxing from the handheld
--  Concierge Services
--  Voicemail playback
"Onset has a longstanding tradition of providing robust solutions for the BlackBerry platform that enhance productivity for mobile professionals worldwide. METAmessage provides many value-added features for BlackBerry users to enhance productivity and convenience," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.

The software will be available in Q2.

METAmessage for Wireless

METAmessage, used by over 1200 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. Users can also

--  Check spelling;
--  Print anywhere;
--  Set custom message alerts;
--  Access network documents;
--  and more.
In addition to its Basic product, METAmessage provides advanced Legal, Data, Emergency Communications, and Voice solutions. METAmessage supports both BlackBerry Mobile Data System and email. The ASP subscription service offers an easy way for individuals and small workgroups to take advantage of METAmessage services for a low monthly fee.

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 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.

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