SOURCE: Onset Technology

June 27, 2005 06:00 ET

Onset's METAmessage Language Support Now Integrates Seamlessly With BlackBerry Organizer, Email and Attachments, SMS Messaging

Features Address Vital Customer Needs in New International Markets for BlackBerry®; Carriers Use METAmessage® to Make Native-Language MemoPad, Address Book, Calendar, and Tasks Entries Easily Readable

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 27, 2005 -- Onset Technology, a leading developer of enterprise access software for wireless handheld devices, today announced major feature enhancements to its METAmessage Language Support capability for the BlackBerry® wireless platform from Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM). The capability lets users easily read BlackBerry Organizer entries, email messages and attachments, and SMS messages in language character sets that are not yet directly supported by the BlackBerry user interface such as Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean.

METAmessage Language Support is an important feature for BlackBerry resellers in emerging markets where customers receive messages and attachments in different character sets or where they use different character sets on their desktops. Language Support was rolled out by Hutchison Telecommunications Limited in Hong Kong and Partner Communications in Tel Aviv earlier this year. The feature is also vital in established BlackBerry markets, such as the US and UK, where multinational enterprises support numerous users from countries such as Japan and Korea. Onset is currently developing support for additional languages.

Ami Feinstein, Director of Marketing at Partner Communications, the Orange carrier in Israel, said, "Our customers' business communications are primarily in English, but there is a large Hebrew component. For this reason, METAmessage is an absolute necessity for our offering. With METAmessage, BlackBerry users need not return to the office to read a message sent in their native language. And, the seamless integration with Organizer applications means that when our customers compose MemoPad, Calendar and Tasks entries in Hebrew on the desktop, they are easily read on BlackBerry."

The capability is especially valuable when used in conjunction with other METAmessage features such as spell checking.

"As an attorney working in a bilingual environment, METAmessage spell checking is a feature I use with virtually every important message I send from my BlackBerry," said David Schapiro, managing partner of Yigal Arnon & Co. in Tel Aviv. "That feature plus the ability to read correspondence and SMS messages from clients and family writing in Hebrew make METAmessage an indispensable part of my BlackBerry."

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. 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;
--  Get quick info;
--  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 email transport.

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.

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