Wireless Data Card features flip out antenna.

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Supporting all commercial HSDPA/3G UMTS networks, GlobeTrotter GT MAX features multi-band flip-out integrated antenna design. Once card is inserted in laptop, it may be operated by deploying flip out antenna. Antenna can be retracted for laptop transport without need to remove data card. GlobeTrotter GT MAX features Tri-band HSDPA/3G UMTS on 850/1,900 and 2,100 MHz bands as well as Quad band EDGE/GPRS on 850/900/1,800 and 1,900 bands.

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World's First Tri-Band HSDPA Wireless Data Card Option's GlobeTrotter GT MAX

BARCELONA, Spain, February 13/ --Option N.V. (Euronext: OPTI , OTC: OPNVY), the wireless technology company, today extends its global leadership in wireless data solutions with the announcement of the GlobeTrotter GT MAX, the world's first tri-band HSDPA/3G UMTS Wireless Data Card.

The GlobeTrotter GT MAX is the first of a new breed of wireless data card featuring Option's unique and patented multi-band flip-out integrated antenna design meaning that GT MAX once inserted in a laptop may be operated by simply deploying the flip out antenna. For ease and convenience the antenna is retracted for briefcase or laptop carrier bag transport without the need to remove the wireless data card from the laptop.

In addition to the innovative antenna design the GlobeTrotter GT MAX is the world's first wireless data card supporting all of the commercial HSDPA/3G UMTS networks available today. The GT MAX features Tri-band HSDPA/3G UMTS on 850/1900 & 2100 MHz bands as well as Quad band EDGE/GPRS on 850/900/1800 & 1900 bands.

Jan Callewaert, CEO of Option: "In launching the world's first commercial tri-band HSDPA wireless data product, Option has demonstrated that not only is it at the leading edge of technology, but also in the aesthetic and ergonomic design of our products. The unique design of our GT MAX with its patented flip-out antenna is a remarkable engineering achievement, as is its ability to provide broadband wireless access across the globe from North & South America, through Europe, the Middle East & Africa, across to the Far East and Australasian continents. We have been able to realize a superb product that will have global appeal amongst our customer base."

Commercial shipments of GlobeTrotter GT MAX commence before the end of this quarter. The GlobeTrotter GT MAX is the fifth commercial HSDPA product from Option.

The GlobeTrotter GT MAX wireless data card is available with Option's GlobeTrotter Mobility Manager. This enables users to enjoy fast, simple and easy access to wireless data whilst hiding the complexity of the underlying wireless technologies from the user. In conjunction with Option's mobile IP solution "Unlimited Connection", users can seamlessly roam between 3G, 2G and WLAN access technologies with automatic authentication using the data card's inbuilt support for PC Smart Card and EAP-SIM.

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Option NV (www.option.com), the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacture of 3G WCDMA (HSDPA and UMTS), EDGE, GPRS, GSM and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option has built up an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's headquarters are in Leuven, Belgium. The company has Research & Development in Leuven, a Software and Applications
development centre in Adelsried (Germany), a Wireless Router development centre in Stockholm (Sweden) and an ISO 9002 production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland.

Douglas Ros, Vice President Business Development & Marketing, E-mail: d.ros@option.com

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