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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Jeff Collins, Marketing Director
Sales Contact: Bryan Carver, Inside Sales Director
Freedom Scientific Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000
info at FreedomScientific.com


Freedom Scientific taking orders
for revolutionary PAC Mate

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Special discounts and trade-in values available

(St. Petersburg, Florida, September 30, 2002) — Freedom Scientific announced today that the company is taking orders for two models of the PAC Mate which figures to be the definitive hand-held computer for those who are blind. This first-of-a-kind device provides access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications via Pocket PC including Pocket Word, Pocket Outlook and Pocket Internet Explorer.

PAC Mate is available in two models - the BNS with its eight-dot Braille keyboard, and the TNS for users familiar with QWERTY-style keyboards. Both units offer the same great functionality utilizing JAWS® for Pocket PC technology.

Now you can surf the Internet, send and receive email, and manage your data with unmatched convenience. PAC Mate allows you to sync up with other PDAs and PAC Mates and it features CompactFlash™ cards for unlimited storage.

Some of the options for PAC Mate include a 56K or Ethernet modem. An optional Global Positioning System (GPS) will be available early next year.

Pricing for the BNS and the TNS is $2,595. Either modem option is an additional $155. You can offset the cost by trading in an older model Freedom Scientific notetaker. Depending on the trade, you can save up to $800. As a special introductory offer, a customer who purchases three PAC Mate's on the same Purchase Order receives a 10-percent discount. This discount is available for U.S. customers only through March 31, 2003.

Your PAC Mate comes with a one-year warranty on the hardware* and one year of free updates for the software. A Product Maintenance Agreement and Annual Software Agreement can be purchased for your PAC Mate. Discounts are applied when these are ordered during initial product purchase.

Contact your local dealer, or call Freedom Scientific at 1-800-444-4443 or 1-727-803-8000. For more information on PAC Mate, please access the following link on our Web site: PAC Mate.

Freedom Scientific is the world's leading manufacturer of technology products for those who are blind and vision impaired including software, notetakers, Braille displays, embossers and products for the special education and learning disability markets.

* Or, as required by warranty laws in specific countries.


 

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