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SKYTEL SIGNS JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY

SKYTEL SIGNS JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyTel Corp. today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) to jointly market the "SkyStream," a new wireless messaging receiver that enables owners of the HP 95LX palmtop to receive text messages from SkyTel's satellite-based messaging network.
 Under the agreement, SkyTel Corp., the principal subsidiary of Mtel (NASDAQ-NMS: MTEL), and HP will participate in joint marketing activities including lead sharing and joint sales calls for the new product.
 "The HP 95LX is already an enormously popular palmtop and we're very pleased to have this new marketing agreement with HP," said David W. Garrison, president of SkyTel Corp. "By adding a SkyStream(TM) receiver to their palmtop, HP 95LX users can be in touch 24 hours a day throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The SkyStream will even allow users to receive and store updates from a remote terminal via our wireless system."
 The SkyStream will operate on SkyTel's 931.9375 MHz frequency for nationwide and international messaging services. The three-ounce SkyStream receiver, which is manufactured and marketed by Motorola as the "NewsStream," connects to the serial port of the HP 95LX via the HP Mobile Data Link (MDL) cradle. The SkyStream is sold with this cradle, as well as the HP (MDL) software for wireless messaging.
 The SkyStream enables HP 95LX users to get up to 240 characters of alphanumeric text -- about 60 average-length words. The SkyStream receives inbound messages both when it is attached to the palmtop or detached and carried in the user's pocket. The device will store up to 32,000 bits of data for downloading into the HP 95LX at a later time.
 "The introduction of SkyStream is significant because it extends the typical applications of our network," said Garrison. "In addition to receiving alphanumeric messages, subscribers can now receive updates for their calendars, spreadsheets and other HP 95LX functions. For example, subscribers can have travel information such as flight reservations and hotel and car rental confirmation numbers loaded directly into their HP 95LX appointment book."
 "Users of the SkyStream receiver can also update spreadsheets by sending new or revised 'cells' of information to the HP 95LX," Garrison said. For example, a salesperson can receive daily price updates from his or her home office.
 "Significantly, the HP software for the SkyStream is written to automatically recognize whether or not an update is intended for the calendar, a spreadsheet or other function," Garrison concluded.
 The wireless messaging package for the HP 95LX, which includes the SkyStream receiver, the HP Mobile Data Link (MDL) and the HP MDL software, is expected to retail for under $500 and will be available through selected HP distributors beginning May 1.
 Mtel, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is engaged in businesses that include nationwide paging and voice messaging services (provided through SkyTel Corp.) in the United States; nationwide paging services in the U.K.; international messaging services provided through Mtel International; interests in other satellite-based telecommunications systems; air-to-ground and marine telecommunication systems; telephone answering service operations; and microwave relay system in Southern California.
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 /CONTACT: David Allan or Elisa Fershstadt of Burson-Marsteller, 212-614-5163, or 212-614-4254, for SkyTel/
 (MTEL) CO: SkyTel Corp.; Hewlett-Packard Company ST: Mississippi, California IN: TLS SU:


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