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3Com Advances Secure Enterprise Mobility with New Wireless Voice over IP Telephone.

3Com 3108 Wireless Phone Leverages In-Building and Campus-Wide Wireless Data Networks for Secure Voice Communications

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today announced a new wireless, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based IP phone that provides enterprise users with greater mobility by delivering full-featured Voice over IP (VoIP) communications on a wireless LAN (802.11b/g) infrastructure. The 3Com[R] 3108 Wireless Phone enables users to roam a building or campus environment and stay connected with customers, partners and co-workers while utilizing VoIP, wireless email and data applications.

With the 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone, users are connected to an enterprise phone system so they can receive calls destined for their desks while they are anywhere in a building or campus environment - unlike a mobile cellular phone. Designed for people that have mobility requirements on the job in markets including education, government, healthcare and retail, end-users can also use the phone to transfer calls to other departments, gain access to a live receptionist and listen to office voice mail. These capabilities are delivered with no expensive per minute usage fees, enabling the 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone to be more cost effective than cellular phones.

"In today's interactive world, many employees are no longer spending hours tied to their desks. To be productive, employees have to be mobile to effectively engage customers, solve problems and collaborate with partners and other employees," said Brian Allain, vice president and general manager of 3Com's Data and Voice Business Unit. "Organizations know the cost savings and business benefits of VoIP and the flexibility a wireless infrastructure deliver. This phone brings these capabilities together. With 3Com, customers can go to a single vendor to provide all of the elements of a secure, converged network - IP Telephony, wireless and data switches, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and a single service organization to provide support and make sure it all works."

The 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone delivers reliable and secure voice communications over any standards-based IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN infrastructure. Secure communication is assured with compliance to the latest Wireless Protected Access 2 (WPA2) protocol and advanced encryption. Since the phone is SIP compliant standards-based IP telephony systems can provide the phone with call control and applications for delivering robust communication capabilities and secure voice communications.

The 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone features a sleek clamshell flip form factor with a high-quality color display. The phone's keypad and intuitive four-way cursor lets users manage calls, access their phonebook, view call logs and view e-mails. Personal settings, such as ring tones, speed dials and connectivity settings, can be configured on the phone or via a Web browser-based management tool.

The 3Com 3108 Wireless Phone complements the recently introduced 3Com Unified Gigabit Wireless PoE Switch 24, which makes it easy to add the phone to a corporate wireless infrastructure. The new switch provides 24 ports of Gigabit Ethernet switching that can be used to provide connectivity and where necessary power to any combination of traditional wired devices or wireless access points. It is part of a complete portfolio of enterprise class and small business wireless networking solutions.

Global Availability

The 3108 wireless phone is the newest addition to 3Com's broad portfolio of IP phones. It works with 3Com NBX and 3Com wireless networking solutions as part of a complete VoIP solution. 3Com VCX is scheduled to support the 3108 wireless phone in early 2007. The phone is currently available through 3Com channel partners and distributors at a list price of $415 USD.

Corporate Governance

As previously disclosed in a Form 8-K (filed August 9, 2006), 3Com granted our new CEO, Edgar Masri, 12 million options to purchase our common stock, 8.5 million of which were granted under Nasdaq's "inducement" exception. The "inducement" grants consist of options to purchase (i) 2.5 million shares at an exercise price of $4.45 per share, (ii) 3.0 million shares at an exercise price of $5.34 per share and (iii) 3.0 million shares at an exercise price of $5.785 per share. All of these options have a term of seven years and were granted under a Stand Alone Stock Option Agreement with Mr. Masri. Twenty-five percent of the underlying shares will vest on each anniversary of the grant date (September 5, 2006).

About 3Com Corporation

3Com Corporation is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection. 3Com also is the majority owner of Huawei-3Com Co., Ltd. (H-3C), a China-based joint venture formed by 3Com and Huawei in November 2003. H-3C brings innovative and cost-effective product development and manufacturing and a strong footprint in one of the world's most dynamic markets. For further information, please visit www.3com.com, or the press site www.3com.com/pressbox.

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