Business Week Magazine Awards OmniSky Top Honor

Wireless E-mail and Internet Service Named One of “Best Products of 2000”

PALO ALTO, Calif., - January 29, 2001 - OmniSky Corporation (NASDAQ: OMNY), an award-winning provider of branded wireless e-mail and Internet services for users of PDAs, was recognized by Business Week as one of the “Best Products of 2000”. The magazine’s special report, published on December 18, highlighted 28 innovative products in categories including technology, automotive, culinary arts, fashion, medicine and entertainment.

According to the Business Week editorial staff, OmniSky earned this distinction for its wireless e-mail and Internet service that provides “loads of wireless functions for the Palm V and Handspring Visor … it lets you fetch e-mail from any standard Internet service and browse the Web.” The service also is available for Hewlett Packard’s Jornada 540 Series and will be available for the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC in the first-half of 2001.

Metricom, an OmniSky technology partner, also received acknowledgement from Business Week for its wireless Ricochet modem. OmniSky announced plans at Comdex 2000 to trial its wireless e-mail and Internet service on the Ricochet network using the Compaq iPAQ. Trials will begin in the first half of 2001.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from a publication known for its perceptive reporting and analysis,” said Kristine Stebbins, vice president of marketing at OmniSky. “This award confirms OmniSky’s reputation as a technology innovator and firmly positions us as the leading wireless service for accessing your e-mail and the Internet on a PDA.”


About OmniSky
OmniSky Corporation (Nasdaq: OMNY) is mobilizing the Internet for users of handheld devices. The OmniSky wireless e-mail and Internet service offers unlimited usage and enables subscribers to send and receive e-mail messages, access and navigate the Internet and securely conduct mobile commerce transactions all for a fixed monthly fee. OmniSky partners with the leading wireless hardware, services and infrastructure providers, including AT&T Wireless, PSINet, Aether Systems, and InfoSpace, as well as the most popular online content and commerce providers, including AOL, eBay, E*TRADE, and Yahoo! Subscribers can access nearly 1,000 links to optimized Web content through an intuitive wireless portal that organizes information into categories such as finance, shopping, news, sports and more. In addition, subscribers can search and surf the Web through the OmniSky wireless portal.

The OmniSky service is available for the HP Jornada 540 Series, Handspring Visor Platinum and Visor Prism and the Palm V and Palm Vx handheld devices. OmniSky currently offers its service within the United States in over 118 major metropolitan areas, encompassing over 160 million people. OmniSky is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information visit or call (650) 969-7700.

OmniSky and the OmniSky logo are trademarks of OmniSky Corporation.

Vanessa Wagar
OmniSky, Public Relations