SOURCE: Socket Communications, Inc.

September 19, 2006 09:00 ET

Socket Communications Expands Sales Presence in Latin America

New Sales Partnership Supports Growing Demand for High-Quality Data Collection and Mobility Products in Latin American Marketplace

NEWARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced the continued expansion of its sales presence in Latin America with a new partnership with Cabal & Associates, a leading provider of outsourced sales services to technology manufacturers in the Latin American marketplace. On behalf of Socket, Cabal & Associates, Inc. will help fulfill the growing demand for mobile connectivity and data collection products throughout the region by servicing key distributors in the pharmaceutical, medical device, patient care and sales force automation industries, including:

--  Tech Data Latin America and Caribbean Division
--  Ingram Micro, Inc., Latin America
--  MGI -- Master Global Informática Ltda.
--  DistriCALC Ltda.
--  RIGG S.A.
--  On Line Service S. de Mexico R.L. de C.V.
    
"According to OMNI Consulting Group LLP, the use of mobile data services increases global workforce productivity by 13.4 percent per week on average for a full-time worker," said Kevin Scheier, vice president of worldwide sales at Socket Communications. "The growing trend of mobile workers is driving the mobile enterprise market in Latin America as organizations seek tools and applications that ensure employee productivity, reduce errors and streamline business processes. Recent Socket deployments in the region include modems and Wi-Fi cards in the pharmaceutical industry. Also, Socket deployed barcode scanners into the sales force automation market. We are expanding our relationships with key sales representatives and distributors to drive more of these successes."

"Business leaders have to find new ways to maximize the effectiveness of their operations," said Robert Cabal, president at Cabal & Associates, Inc. "Moving critical data between mobile devices and corporate networks is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception as businesses begin to take advantage of advances in mobile data collection and remote access technologies. Extending access to business-critical applications can benefit organizations in many ways, not the least of which is increasing productivity of the mobile workforce, which ultimately impacts bottom-line profits and improves customer satisfaction."

The Socket data collection products include bar code scanning, RFID solutions and magnetic stripe reader cards that plug into or connect wirelessly to mobile devices and convert mobile devices into portable bar code scanners or RFID readers that can be used in various retail and industrial workplaces. The Socket connectivity products are connection devices that can be plugged into standard expansion slots in handheld computers and connect mobile devices over wireless and wired connections. These products allow users to connect their devices to the Internet via mobile or wired phone services, or to private networks, or to communicate with other electronic devices such as desktop computers and printers.

The Socket data collection and mobile connectivity products are currently available for purchase in Latin America in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

About Cabal & Associates, Inc.

Cabal & Associates is a leading provider of outsourced sales services to technology manufacturers in the Latin America marketplace. Providing "Instant IT Channel Solutions" in the region, including the Miami-based exporters, Cabal & Associates can have an immediate impact on the manufacturer's revenue growth, market share and presence in the Latin American territories. For additional information, please contact us at (305) 226-0766, or visit www.CabalAssociates.com.

About Socket Communications

Socket Communications (NASDAQ: SCKT) develops and distributes a broad range of data collection and network connectivity products for mobile devices such as PDAs, Smartphones and tablet PCs. Working collaboratively with mobile solutions from leading Strategic Vertical Integrators, world-class 3rd party software developers and OEMs, Socket Mobility Friendly® products are proven to drive operational efficiencies, increase mobile workforce productivity, boost corporate performance and improve customer satisfaction. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or http://www.socketcom.com/pr218/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements indicating a positive outlook for our business and demand for our products, statements regarding our progress toward completion of certain initiatives and product transitions, and statements predicting trends and opportunities in the markets in which we sell our products. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from the results anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the risk that market trends and opportunities, such as the anticipated completion of the market transition to the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, may not materialize as quickly or as robustly as we anticipate, if at all, the risk that we may not complete the task of converting our products to comply with the Reduction of Hazardous Substances Act in Europe as quickly as we anticipate, if at all, the risk that our Strategic Vertical Integrator program may not be as successful as we anticipate, the risk of delays in our ability to design, manufacture, market and sell new products due to technological, market, or financial factors, including the availability of necessary working capital, risks related to our ability to effectively manage and contain our operating costs, risks related to the availability of announced handheld computer hardware and software, as well as product delays associated with new model introductions and product changeovers, continued growth in demand for handheld computers, market acceptance of emerging standards such as Bluetooth and Wireless LAN and of our related connection and data collection products, and other risks described in our most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, Increasing Mobile Productivity, and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. © 2006, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact Information

  • Socket Communications Contact:
    Carol Montalvo
    Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
    510/744-2751
    Email Contact

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Todd Kehrli or
    Jim Byers
    MKR Group, LLC
    818/556.3700
    Email Contact

    US Editorial Contact:
    Cara Sloman
    Nadel Phelan
    831/440-2411
    Email Contact

    European Editorial Contact:
    Anna Andersson
    Open2Europe for Socket Communications
    +33 1 55 02 14 54
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