BVRP Software Enters Licensing Agreement With Novatel Wireless, Inc.
DENVER, SEPTEMBER 3, 2002 – BVRP Software USA, a leading OEM and after-market provider of PC communications software, today announced that it has completed a licensing agreement with Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless data access solutions. Under the agreement Novatel Wireless will bundle BVRP’s Mobile PhoneTools connectivity software with its Merlin G201TM and Merlin G301TM Wireless PC Modems.
Mobile PhoneTools is designed to automate and simplify the set-up of digital wireless cellular connections on a laptop or handheld device so users can achieve high-speed data connectivity anywhere, anytime with ease. The software includes a “Wizard” with built in GPRS and CDMA network and device profiles to enable “one-click” connectivity configuration.
In addition to making the set-up of a digital cellular connection truly effortless, Mobile PhoneTools provides a complete suite of wireless communications applications for the PC or PDA. Users can even send and receive voice calls from their laptop or PDA, with an image of the user’s cellular phone model as a fun and intuitive interface for managing phone functions on the screen.
“As we start to see increasing interest in GPRS solutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia we will continue to enhance our leading wireless data connectivity products for our customers,” said Owen Stephenson, senior vice president of GPRS operations for Novatel Wireless. “BVRP’s Mobile PhoneTools replaces a patchwork of utilities and applications with one integrated, comprehensive solution for digital cellular communications. BVRP’s software productivity solutions are designed to drive wireless data usage while the no-hassle configuration program can help eliminate user frustration and cut down on service calls.”
“We are excited to be partnering with a leader in providing wireless data solutions to business and consumer markets,” said Bob Lang, president, BVRP Software USA. “This will enable Novatel Wireless’ customers to easily harness the power of their PDA’s and PC’s in mobile communications and provide them with a whole range of powerful and practical tools. Now that high-speed mobile data networks are being launched in the U.S., we will be aggressively marketing the software here,” Mr. Lang added.
Mobile PhoneTools was launched in Europe earlier this year as part of the roll-out of high-speed wireless digital cellular services. There it has been bundled with more than six million GPRS-enabled phones from companies including Philips and Alcatel.
MobilePhone Tools enables PC users to:
- SMS – Send SMS messages from a standard keyboard with support for messages of more than standard length (160 characters)
- e-mail – Send attached documents, priority management, deferred send, mail check
- Fax – Send almost any Windows document with choice of personalized cover pages, personalized fax broadcasts
- Synchronization – Synchronize PC and cellular phone contact lists, calendars
- Voice – Send and receive voice calls with a cellular phone image on the screen as a familiar interface
- Ring tone management – Allows users to download new and different ring tones from the Internet and install them on their phones.
The software is compatible with Windows 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000, NT 4.0 and XP, and supports MS Outlook, Outlook Express and Lotus Notes. It manages all types of laptop PC-mobile phone connection including Bluetooth, cable and infrared.
ABOUT BVRP SOFTWARE USA
BVRP Software USA( www.bvrpusa.com) is a subsidiary of BVRP Software (www.bvrp.com), the world’s leading developer of communications software with more than 19.5 million units sold in 2001. BVRP is a key partner to the world’s biggest modem, PC, modem and cellular manufacturers, including Dell Computers, Compaq, Gateway, Eicon, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Packard Bell, Multitech, Psion, Siemens, TDK, US Robotics, Xircom, Zoom, and more. Marketing its products in more than 100 countries and in 22 languages, BVRP is also a major supplier of personal and professional software designed for mobility, security and Internet use. The group booked €43.2m in revenues in 2001 and has been listed on the Nouveau Marché of the Paris Stock Exchange (FR:BVRP) since 1996.
ABOUT NOVATEL WIRELESS, INC.
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless data modems and software for use with handheld computing devices and portable personal computers. The company delivers innovative and comprehensive solutions that enable businesses and consumers to access personal, corporate and public information through email, enterprise networks and the Internet. Novatel Wireless also offers wireless data modems and custom engineering services for hardware integration projects in a wide range of vertical applications. The Novatel Wireless product portfolio includes the Minstrel® Family of Wireless Handheld Modems, MerlinTM Family of Wireless PC Card Modems, Sage® Wireless Serial Modems, Lancer 3WTM Family of Ruggedized Modems and ExpediteTM Family of Wireless Embedded Modems. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: NVTL). For more information, please visit the Novatel Wireless web site: www.novatelwireless.com or call 888-888-9231.
The Novatel Wireless logo, Merlin, Merlin G201, Merlin G301, Minstrel, Sage, Lancer 3W and Expedite are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Minstrel and Sage are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other brands, products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders.
This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies.