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Italian operator offers Option-connected Mobile Internet Device

MID incorporating Option wireless module on sale in Italy as well as France

(PresseBox) (Leuven, ) A second European operator is now offering a Mobile Internet Device (MID) based on a wireless embedded module from Option N.V. (EURONEXT Brussels: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY). The MID is being marketed by Italy's leading mobile operator TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) as the Alice Mobile MID IDOL

The Alice Mobile MID IDOL - an MID with HSPA connectivity, 4.8" touch screen, retractable keyboard, Intel's Atom processor, 4.5 GB integrated memory and weighing 320 grams - enables anywhere, anytime access to the Internet and popular web-based services such as email, instant messaging and social networks.

The launch of the Alice Mobile MID IDOL in Italy reflects the continuing progress of Option's initiative to become a leading supplier of 3G wireless broadband connectivity for MIDs. Earlier this year the company announced that SFR had launched an MID, the SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+, in France. Forecasts about MIDs volume shipments from independent analysts range from 90 to 136 million units a year by 2012/13.

About Option N.V.

Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, 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 Belgium (Leuven). The company has Research & Development in Belgium (Leuven) and Germany (Düsseldorf and Augsburg), and an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland (Cork). Option also has offices in Europe, US, Asia, Japan and Australia. For more information please visit www.option.com.

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