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OmniSky Shows Bluetooth and WAP Colors

NEW YORK -- San Francisco's OmniSky Corp. Tuesday broadened its wireless horizons en masse with announcements concerning two major standards -- Bluetooth and Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP.

Demonstrating how its products work with handhelds and personal digital assistants (PDAs) at TECHXNY, the wireless applications provider demonstrated how its service may be used over the CDMA wireless network using a Bluetooth-supportive Motorola Timeport 270c mobile phone to provide connectivity to a Palm Vx equipped with an OmniSky Bluetooth adapter. The firm also showed audiences how the same services may be tapped via a Sanyo SCP-5000 mobile phone, using WAP technology, and on the Casio E-125 Pocket PC.

For those with an inclination toward wireless laptop connectivity, OmniSky unveiled a solution for Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Pavilion notebook PC. OmniSky's solution aims to increases speeds for the Web through caching and compression algorithms that reduce unnecessary data transmissions over wireless networks. And lastly, OmniSky vowed to work with wireless specialist Ericsson to deliver its wireless e-mail and Net service via Ericsson's Bluetooth and GPRS mobile phones. Ericsson and OmniSky plan to co-operate to ensure interoperability between their Bluetooth and GPRS products and services, and will co-market solutions to mobile network operators and distributors in the U.S. and Europe.

"We currently offer the service for the key Palm OS and Pocket PC devices, and we're quickly moving toward support for laptops and mobile phones," Patrick McVeigh, OmniSky's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our network support has expanded beyond CDPD as we show the capability to support GPRS/GSM and CDMA."

Specifically, OmniSky showed how its wireless e-mail and Internet service may be accessed on a Palm Vx equipped with an OmniSky Bluetooth adapter, with connectivity provided by a Bluetooth-enabled Motorola Timeport 270c handset. Not wanting to leave WAP hanging, the outfit also demoed the same service on the Sanyo SCP-5000 WAP mobile phone. As of Tuesday, OmniSky said it has joined the WAP Forum to improve its offerings for the standard.

OmniSky's WAP demo shows how users can access Web content on the Sanyo SCP-5000 mobile phone over the CDMA network. The OmniSky demonstration service on the Sanyo mobile phone allows users to access Web content, and OmniSky's Os Cities and Os People applications, which make it easy to engage in real-time collaboration with friends and colleagues.

OmniSky competes with AvantGo Inc. and Novatel Wireless Inc. in the wireless applications sector.