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AlphaSmart Announces Availability of Dana Wireless; Affordable Palm OS Laptop Alternative Now Offers Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity.

LOS GATOS, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AlphaSmart, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for education, today announced that the company's new Dana Wireless(TM) product is now available for purchase at AlphaSmart's Dana Online Store. With the introduction of Dana Wireless, AlphaSmart has extended the capabilities of the Dana product line to include Wi-Fi (802.11b) connectivity and software applications for accessing the Internet. In addition to students and educators who can take advantage of the freedom of Dana Wireless connectivity and portability, professionals in healthcare, energy, social services, insurance, and many other fields can now enjoy these features.

"Dana's new Wi-Fi capability provides a host of new possibilities for the mobile user," said Manish Kothari, president of AlphaSmart. "As the number of wireless 'hot-spots' continues to grow, Dana Wireless users will be able to conduct research, send e-mail and communicate with colleagues via instant messaging from a wide variety of locations."

Incorporating built-in Wi-Fi technology (802.11b) and bundled with DataViz's Documents To Go Professional(R), Dana Wireless allows mobile users to work with Microsoft(R) Office documents, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a wide display that is about 3.5 times larger than that of a standard Web-enabled Palm device. Dana Wireless also will include AlphaSmart's Internet Solutions Pack, which includes the widescreen DanaWeb browser, Mark/Space Mail e-mail client, and a three-month trial subscription to VeriChat, a widescreen instant messaging (IM) client.

Dana Wireless is a two-pound, highly durable laptop alternative powered by Palm OS(R) with a large screen and integrated full-size keyboard, which consumers can use to access e-mail and the Internet wirelessly. In addition, the combination of Palm OS and its rugged mobility makes Dana relevant not only to K-12 and higher education students and teachers, but also to a diverse set of mobile professionals whose field responsibilities take them out of the office. Dana Wireless joins the original Dana by AlphaSmart product to provide a wider range of price and feature options in the product line.

Dana Wireless retails for $429 and is available for online purchase by customers in the U.S. at http://www.alphasmart.com/danastore. Dana Wireless and other AlphaSmart products are also available by calling the company toll-free at 888-274-0680.

About AlphaSmart, Inc.

AlphaSmart, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions for education and productivity. AlphaSmart's portable computer-companion products are used by millions of students to enhance writing, keyboarding and comprehension in over 7,500 U.S. school districts and in more than fifteen countries. Based in Los Gatos, California, the privately held company was founded in 1992 by former Apple engineers. Additional information about AlphaSmart can be obtained at the company's Web site: http://www.alphasmart.com/

NOTE: AlphaSmart is a registered trademark and Dana by AlphaSmart and Dana Wireless are trademarks of AlphaSmart, Inc. Palm OS is a registered trademark of PalmSource, Inc.

CONTACT: media, Matt Flegal for AlphaSmart, Inc., +1-415-318-4153, or flegalm@fleishman.com

Web site: http://www.alphasmart.com/
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