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Vodafone and i-mate launch new devices

Media Release
9th November 2006

Vodafone and i-mate™ launch two Vodafone 3G broadband Windows Mobile® devices

i-mate™ SP JAS and i-mate™ JASJAM with thumb-wheel menu navigation available now exclusively from Vodafone New Zealand

The latest products released by i-mate™, the global Windows Mobile® 5.0 device specialist, bring Vodafone 3G broadband services to Vodafone New Zealand customers allowing them to make the most of the moment with fantastic productivity features on the go, as well as download speeds faster than entry level broadband.

The i-mate™ SP JAS and the i-mate™ JASJAM are the first i-mate™ devices to feature thumb-wheels for easy menu navigation, allowing users to quickly scroll within their inbox or simply move from one function to the next.

The i-mate™ SP JAS offers Microsoft Windows Mobile® functionality in a stylish and slim mobile phone format, while the i-mate™ JASJAM is a fully-featured Microsoft Windows® Pocket PC, or handheld computer phone, and one of the first products in the world to offer 3G (WCDMA), EDGE and WiFi global roaming access.

Vodafone 3G broadband customers can enjoy super fast access to emails and the internet, as well as experience the power and convenience of video conferencing.

Dion Knill, Head of Business Terminals at Vodafone New Zealand, says that the one commodity all our customers want more of is time. “The demand for devices that allow them to work smarter is massive. These latest products from i-mate™ are highly capable devices that deliver on these requirements.”

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Jack Craine, Global Sales Director at i-mate™ says: “A recent study by Canalys confirmed that the market for mobile office functionality is rapidly increasing. We have developed an extended range of high-speed, multi-functional i-mate™ models to address this need, especially for small and medium sized organisations and large corporates.”

Pre-loaded with Microsoft® Exchange Direct Push technology, both devices provide instant access to emails, allowing users to open and view Microsoft® Office attachments in Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® Mobile.

The i-mate™ JASJAM provides users with a range of dynamic flexible data input methods including i-mate’s scroll wheel, a touch-screen display and slider QWERTY keyboard. It features a 2.0 megapixel camera with macro mode. Both devices also feature a second lens for simple video conferencing connectivity.

For mobile business professionals who prefer a more conventional mobile phone format, the i-mate™ SP JAS combines the ergonomics of a stylish and slim device with the full power of Windows Mobile® functionality.

Featuring a bright, large, full-colour screen for easily viewing Microsoft® Office documents and email attachments, the i-mate™ SP JAS is beautifully crafted with bold lines and a black and grey casing that combines both smooth and matt surfaces for extra grip.

i-mate™ offers the most extensive support available for a Windows Mobile™ based device in New Zealand with i-mate™ Gold; a complete support package entailing 24x7 phone/web/email support. Customers also receive a 24 month global extended warranty.

Customers purchasing the i-mate™ SP JAS and i-mate™ JASJAM on a Vodafone business plan also qualify for a free one hour Mobile Mentor session (valued at $120), which focuses on getting them up to speed quickly with the features they want to make the most of.

The i-mate™ SP JAS and i-mate™ JASJAM are available now from Vodafone at NZD $1.249 and NZD$1,799 respectively. A complimentary trial version of i-mate™ Suite – i-mate’s own mobile device solution that minimises downtime, safeguards data, and allows secure access and information transfers – is pre-installed on each device.

About i-mate™
i-mate™ (AIM: IMTE) specialises in Windows Mobile® hardware and software solutions and services.

i-mate’s cutting edge, customer-centric solutions offer the latest technology and device features. As a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, i-mate provides customers with the ultimate Windows Mobile experience for business, for pleasure, for life.

As part of its integrated solutions support, i-mate develops in-house leading-edge software solutions for Microsoft Windows Mobile platforms. Exclusive software products include interactive games from www.clubimate.com and i-mate Suite (www.imatesuite.com) a solution that allows Windows Mobile users and enterprises alike to take total command and control of their data and Windows Mobile devices securely anytime, anywhere.

Club i-mate™ - i-mate’s device-owner dedicated portal - provides 24/7 multi-lingual technical support and value-added offerings such as subsidised software and systems updates to help customers take full advantage of their i-mate devices. Club i-mate is the world’s largest online Windows Mobile user group.

Every i-mate device comes packed with advanced features including Windows Media Player® Mobile, MSN® Messenger, Word, Outlook® and Excel® Mobile.

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