Socket Delivers Take-Anywhere, Go-Anywhere Portable Power Source for Users ‘On the Go’

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Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, today announced the Mobile Power Pack, a small and light-weight mobile charging source for users of portable electronic devices such as Pocket PCs, PalmOne devices, cell phones, Smartphones, BlackBerry’s, digital cameras, and MP3 players, as well as Socket products such as the Cordless GPS receiver, Cordless Modem, Cordless Serial Adapter, and Cordless Hand Scanner. By eliminating the need for multiple battery packs and extending battery life, the product gives mobile users the freedom to use their electronic devices anywhere, whether on a plane or camping.

“The Mobile Power Pack provides users with a powerful productivity solution that is Mobility Friendly(TM),” said Vanessa Lindsay, Product Marketing Manager at Socket. “Similar to a universal remote control for TVs, the product eliminates the need for multiple charging sources, one for each electronic device a user carries, and it’s extremely light and easy to carry. In addition, its extended battery life gives mobile users the freedom to go anywhere for long periods of time without having to worry about finding a power outlet. This allows mobile workers to be even more productive when ‘on the go’.”

Socket’s Mobile Power Pack is a rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack with a capacity of 7,200 mAh and can extend the run time of an average Pocket PC up to 16 hours — even while operating with accessories and full backlight. The Power Pack is both small — dimensions are 4″x 3″x 1″ — and light — it weighs only 11 ounces. It will charge or operate any compatible device that uses an input voltage of +5 volts DC.

The Power Pack has the ability to charge most products that draw power from a USB port. It powers devices by simply plugging in a compatible connector to the Mobile Power Pack. Included with the product are a black soft leather case, a travel pouch, DC output cord, and AC adapter with four input plugs for use in the U.S., Europe, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Pricing and Availability

Socket’s Mobile Power Pack will be available during the first week of November 2004 through Socket’s website (www.socketcom.com) and through Socket’s worldwide distribution channels for an MSRP of U.S. $149 and expected street price of U.S. $119 – $129.

About Socket

Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, provides the broadest range of data collection and connectivity products for mobile computers, including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Windows CE devices, Palm PDAs and Smartphones, as well as Tablet PCs and notebooks. Socket’s Mobility Friendly(TM) products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery Friendly(R) power consumption in their class. Socket’s Embedded Systems Group provides hardware developers with solutions using mobilityIC(TM) interface chips and KwikBlue(TM) modules with embedded Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or www.socketcom.com.

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