i-mate(TM) Launches in the Americas With Its Ultimate Range of Windows Mobile(R) Devices



    
    The Ultimate 6150, 8150, 8502, and 9502 Offer Advanced Functionality and
    Innovative Designs to Meet the Needs of the Most Demanding Mobile Users
    

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -- CTIA IT & Entertainment -- i-mate, a
global manufacturer of high performance Windows Mobile devices and related
peripherals, today announced the launch of its Ultimate range of wireless
devices in the Americas -- the Ultimate 6150, 8150, 8502, and 9502.  The
Ultimate range offers high-end device specifications -- including video out
that can drive video onto a plasma screen and the fastest radio connection of
any Windows Mobile device -- in a variety of form factors making them the
mobile devices of choice for businesses and consumers seeking both
functionality and style.  The Ultimate range is powered by the Windows Mobile
6 operating system.
    
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    "This is the official launch of our Ultimate range in the Americas and a
huge milestone for i-mate that further solidifies our leadership position in
the global smartphone market," stated Jim Morrison, i-mate's CEO and founder.
"The Ultimate range of devices combines unbeatable performance with sleek
design that will appeal to both business users and gadget-lovers who want to
choose a device based on their business and personal requirements-we offer
unlocked freedom and flexibility so they are not restricted to operator
available options.  In addition, our devices ship with our i-Q Services
platform, which delivers individual device customization, personal device
management with enhanced security, and provides an out of the box experience
that is unmatched in the industry. The Ultimate range will also be upgradeable
to support Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager, announced today,
enabling our business customers to better secure and manage their Windows
Mobile devices."
    The Ultimate 6150 is a modern PDA form factor with a 2.8-inch VGA
touchscreen, while the Ultimate 8150 features both a VGA touchscreen and dial
keypad with T9 for simple and convenient text entry.  The Ultimate 8502 has a
2.6-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keypad, and the Ultimate 9502 offers a
2.8-inch sliding VGA touchscreen with a full QWERTY keypad.
    "Companies are looking to get more from their mobile devices than ever
before," said Peter Knook, Senior Vice President of the Mobile Communications
Business, Microsoft Corporation. "Windows Mobile and i-mate are working
together to deliver versatile, enterprise-ready devices-like their Ultimate
range-that can be easily managed by IT departments of all sizes, as well as
secure enough to handle critical business information."
    The Ultimate device range features Windows Mobile 6, 256MB ROM, 128MB
RAM, Quad-Band GSM(TM)/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, 2.0 and 3.0 megapixel
fixed focus cameras, GPS, WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i, Bluetooth(R) v2.0 EDR
connectivity, VGA LCD touchscreen, and a microSD(TM) card slot.
    In addition, the Ultimate range provides the following features that
differentiate the devices in the global smartphone market:

    
    + XGA Direct Video Out: One of the advanced and exclusive features of the
      Ultimate devices is XGA direct video out, which connects with projectors
      and LCD monitors to offer 1024x768 display resolution.  This allows
      users to present Microsoft Office applications and videos directly from
      their Ultimate device onto a secondary display -- without any need for a
      laptop!
    

    
    + GPS Built In: The Ultimate 8502 and 9502 feature integrated GPS, and
      with Windows Live Search, customers can find everything from phone
      numbers to a hotel with turn-by-turn directions and GPS location.
      Unlimited possibilities for location-based applications and services.
    

    
    + Custom i-Q: For the same price as other smartphones, i-mate provides
      extensive value-add for IT administrators, SIs, VARs, and consumers.
      i-mate's Custom i-Q software makes it easy to configure Ultimate devices
      using a straightforward Web interface, which simplifies device
      provisioning-configure global policies, push down software applications
      to devices in the field, and much more.
    

    
    + Superior Out-of-the-Box Experience: i-mate's Custom i-Q software takes
      the struggle out of getting customers up and running quickly on new
      devices, providing an out of the box experience that is unmatched in the
      industry.  Power on your Ultimate, type in your customization
      credentials, and i-mate downloads the information over-the-air (OTA) and
      you're all set.
    

    
    + Secure i-Q: i-mate's device management software puts control back into
      the enterprise administrator's hands, offering the ability to "wipe"
      devices in the field in realtime, enhancing security and safeguarding
      data.  i-mate's device security is unrivaled in the global wireless
      industry.
    

    
    + Support i-Q: i-mate's premium, worldwide 24/7 support with live chat and
      local service centers worldwide.
    

    
    + Flexibility and Freedom: i-mate devices can be sold "unlocked," allowing
      users to pick the carrier of their choice.
    

    
    + Variety of Form Factors: the Ultimate range is available in a variety of
      form factors, from traditional candy-bar designs with the 6150 and 8150,
      to open QWERTY keyboards on the 8502 and the sliding 9502.
    
    "We're bullish on the growth of the global smartphone market and believe
i-mate's offering of high-functionality devices combined with customized
software services differentiates the company in the increasingly crowded
smartphone market," noted John Jackson, Vice President of Enabling
Technologies Research for Yankee Group.
    Interested parties can check out the new i-mate Ultimate devices at CTIA
IT & Entertainment 2007 in the Enterprise Mobility Pavilion in Booth #133.
    
    Availability
    
    The Ultimate 6150 and 8150 will be available directly from i-mate,
through national distributors and resellers nationwide in early November for
an unsubsidized retail price of approximately $695 and $725 respectively.  The
Ultimate 8502 and 9502 will be coming to market later in the fourth quarter of
2007, and will also be available directly from i-mate and through national
distributors and resellers nationwide.

    A complete list of Ultimate 6150 and 8150 features and technical
specifications can be found at:
http://www.imate.com/showProducts.aspx?skinid=1.  High-resolution photos of
the Ultimate range of devices are available at:
http://www.imate.com/pt-highResImages.aspx?skinid=1.  For more information
about the Ultimate range of devices and services, please go to
http://www.imate.com.

    
    Ultimate 6150 and 8150 Technical Specifications:
    -- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
    -- Intel PXA 270 520 MHz Processor
    -- nVIDIA(R) Graphic Accelerator, nVIDIA G5500
    -- Quad-Band GSM/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA
    -- WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i
    -- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM
    -- microSD(TM) card slot
    -- VGA LCD touchscreen
    -- Bluetooth(R) v2.0 EDR
    -- Mini USB
    -- Direct Video Out XGA
    -- 2.0 megapixel camera
    -- FM Stereo Radio
    -- Supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology
    

    
    Ultimate 8502 and 9502 Technical Specifications:
    -- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
    -- 400 MGz Qualcomm(R) MSM 7200
    -- nVIDIA Graphic Accelerator, nVIDIA G5500
    -- Integrated GPS
    -- Quad-Band GSM/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
    -- WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i
    -- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM
    -- microSD card slot
    -- VGA LCD touchscreen
    -- Bluetooth v2.0 EDR
    -- Mini USB
    -- Direct Video Out XGA
    -- 2.0/3.0 megapixel camera
    -- VGA camera for video calls
    -- FM Stereo Radio
    -- Supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology
    About i-mate
    
    i-mate designs, manufactures, and customizes a broad range of high
performance Windows Mobile wireless devices and related peripherals that meet
the mobility needs of the world's most demanding users.  Combined with
value-added solutions and world-class support, i-mate offers innovative
designs and high-end device specifications that make it the mobile device of
choice for consumers and businesses seeking both functionality and style.
i-mate's robust device customization and management system sets it apart and
provides users with a reliable, secure solution for complete device
personalization.
    For more information about i-mate, please visit http://www.imate.com.
    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.




For further information:

For further information: Erik Moser, +1-917-859-0569, 
mosere@ruderfinn.com, or Kristie Heins Fox, +1-773-354-7989, 
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com, both of Ruder Finn, for i-mate Web Site:
http://www.imate.com

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