AT&T Introduces the Option GT MAX 3.6 Express to its LaptopConnect Portfolio



    LEUVEN, Belgium, April 25 /CNW/ - Option (Euronext: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY),
the wireless technology company, today announced the commercial availability
of the Option GT Max 3.6 Express - the most advanced ExpressCard based upon
the global standard for wireless - GSM. It is available in the U.S. through
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:   T).
    Designed to work in newer laptops with ExpressCard slots, the GT Max 3.6
Express is powered by AT&T's 3G-enabled BroadbandConnect network.
BroadbandConnect is available in more than 165 major metropolitan areas in the
U.S., allowing users to download a 1 megabyte file on average in about 15
seconds. The GT Max 3.6 Express also can be used outside the U.S. in countries
where 3G UMTS networks or GPRS/EDGE networks have been deployed. AT&T is the
only U.S. wireless carrier to offer a single wireless broadband card, single
rate plan global 3G solution.
    Jan Callewaert, Option's CEO, commented: "Its ExpressCard form factor,
Advanced Receiver Technologies and Microsoft Windows VISTA-compatibility,
combine to make the GT MAX 3.6 Express the ultimate mobile broadband card for
users with notebooks that have ExpressCard slots. We're delighted to expand
our contribution in further driving the uptake of AT&T's LaptopConnect offer."
    "The Option GT Max 3.6 Express is an excellent addition to AT&T
LaptopConnect card portfolio, providing our customers more choice in a compact
form factor," said Laura Johnson, Senior Director, wireless enterprise
solutions for AT&T. "Thanks to the GT Max 3.6 Express' built-in global 3G
capabilities, AT&T customers can use it to access important information
whether they are on the other side of town, across country or halfway around
the world."
    Compact and elegantly designed to work in notebooks with both
ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots, the GT Max 3.6 Express offers users
the most advanced technology based upon the GSM global standard for wireless.
It features a flip-up antenna design, Receive Diversity and Receive Equalizer.
Receive Diversity improves 3G performance by using an additional antenna to
provide improved 3G signal reception while Receive Equalizer enhances 3G
performance by reducing signal interference.

    
    Product Highlights

    -   Card Form Factor: ExpressCard/34

    -   Global Compatibility with Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band GPRS/EDGE

        - UMTS/HSDPA (850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz)

          - HSDPA Category 6 (3.6 Mbps downlink / 384 Kbps uplink)

        - EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)

        - EDGE Class 12 (216 Kbps downlink/216 Kbps uplink)

    -   Advanced Receiver Technology

        - Receive Diversity improves 3G performance by using an additional
          antenna to provide improved signal reception

          - HSDPA Category 6 (3.6 Mbps downlink / 384 Kbps uplink)

        - Receive Equalizer enhances 3G performance by reducing signal
          interference

    -   Compatible with ExpressCard notebooks with Microsoft(R) Windows(R)
        2000, XP, and Vista.
    

    Pricing and Availability

    The Option GT Max 3.6 Express is available today for purchase through
AT&T wireless enterprise and retail sales channels for $49.99 (after rebate)
when customers sign up for a two-year unlimited DataConnect rate plan. AT&T's
unlimited DataConnect rate plan is available for $59.99 for customers with a
two-year contract and qualifying AT&T wireless voice plan. AT&T's DataConnect
North American plan of 100 megabytes for $109 per month provides for usage in
select Canada and Mexico roam zones. DataConnect Global plan of 100 megabytes
for $139 a month covers data usage in select roam zones in more than two dozen
countries worldwide, including most major European countries, India, China and
Japan. Both plans also include unlimited domestic data usage.

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G WCDMA (HSPA and UMTS), EDGE, GPRS,
GSM and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option
has built up an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that
enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's
headquarters are in Leuven, Belgium. The company has Research & Development in
Leuven, a Software and Applications development centre in Adelsried (Germany),
a Wireless Router development centre in Stockholm (Sweden), an ISO 9002
production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland. Option also
has sales & support operations in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For
more information please visit www.option.com.




For further information:

For further information: Douglas Ros, Vice President Business
Development, Tel: +32-(0)16-317-411, E-mail: d.ros@option.com; Frederic
Convent, CFO, Option, Tel +32-(0)16-317-471, E-mail: investor@option.com

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