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Socket Enhances Developer Program with Improved SDKs and Priority Support for SVI and OEM Customers; Growth in Strategic Vertical Integrators, OEMs and Enterprise Deployments Drive SDK Enhancements.

NEWARK, Calif. -- Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced enhancements to its growing Developer Program. These enhancements benefit Strategic Vertical Integrator (SVI) and OEM developers as well as enterprise customers actively using one of the leading Socket SDKs to develop mobile applications.

Program enhancements offer developers significant benefits and incentives including priority support and the latest tools and sample code to rapidly deliver custom applications. Designed to assist developers with answers to technical questions and general inquiries, new web-based portals provide support. In addition to 20 hours of consultation, qualified developers obtain access to a priority support website, which directs queries to Application Engineers in Development Services rather than standard Technical Support. Developers receive access to all SDK updates. Additional benefits include on-line documentation, FAQs, and technical articles for each SDK. Developers interested in the advanced Socket SDKs are able to review the purchasing qualifications and preview the content to determine if the SDK will meet development needs. SDK information is available online at: http://www.socketcom.com/sdk/

Current Socket SDKs include the industry leading SocketScan for bar code and RFID scanning, along with the Socket Wi-Fi Companion for wireless LAN application development. The SocketScan keyboard emulation software directs scanned bar code data into any Windows, Palm or Symbian application as virtual keystrokes.

The SocketScan SDK supports numerous programming languages and OS platforms, and is available for Windows CE with .NET language support in VB and C#. It also supports all of the Socket bar code scanners and RFID readers, including the combination CF RFID reader-bar code scanner card. The latest SocketScan SDK supports mobile devices operating on Windows Mobile 5.0 and Visual Studio 2005 such as the Socket Magnetic Stripe Reader and Cordless Ring Scanner. Along with relevant documentation and binaries, developers are also provided with an extensive sample source code library, saving weeks of development time and providing the ability to quickly deliver products to market. Separate SocketScan SDKs are also available for users of Palm, Symbian, Windows XP devices, with an additional SDK for Windows Tablet XP devices to be available in April 2006.

The Wi-Fi Companion SDK contains APIs to control and query the Wi-Fi profiles, network configuration parameters and wireless performance statistics. The SDK supports most mainstream 802.11 radio hardware and drivers found in Pocket PCs today. It supports WEP, PSK and WPA. The Wi-Fi Companion SDK is designed for use by programmers familiar with 802.11 networking concepts and with the Wi-Fi alliance WPA standard.

Pricing and Availability

The Socket Developer Program is available today, with pricing for the SDKs beginning at $1000. Current SDKs include:

--SW1201-303: SocketScan SDK - Windows CE & Windows Mobile

--SW1212-495: SocketScan SDK - Palm

--SW1218-562: SocketScan SDK - Symbian

--SW1223-628: Wi-Fi Companion SDK

By purchasing the SDK, users will be provided with a complete SDK including sample code, documentation, and access to priority support at http://www.socketcom.com/sdk/login.asp

About Socket Communications

Socket Communications (NASDAQ:SCKT) develops and distributes a broad range of data collection and network connectivity products for mobile devices such as PDA's, Smartphones and tablet PCs. Working collaboratively with mobile solutions from leading Strategic Vertical Integrators, world-class 3rd party software developers and OEM's, the Socket Mobility Friendly(R) products are proven to drive operational efficiencies, increase mobile workforce productivity, boost corporate performance and improve customer satisfaction. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or http://www.socketcom.com/

Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, Increasing Mobile Productivity, and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. Wi-Fi(R) is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. (C) 2006, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
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