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Aether Systems Announces Availability of BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds on Amazon.com with Service and Support from Aether

Leading Online Retailer Offers Anytime, Anywhere Email Devices with Service and Support from Wireless Data Leader

OWINGS MILLS, MD, October 2, 2000 –Aether Systems Inc., (Nasdaq: AETH), a leading provider of wireless data products and services, announced today that leading online retailer, Amazon.com, will offer BlackBerry Wireless HandheldsTM with service and support provided by Aether. BlackBerryTM is an end-to-end wireless email solution developed by Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). The BlackBerry handhelds can be purchased at the Amazon.com Electronics store (www.amazon.com/electronics).

To begin using the wireless email, consumers will be instructed to turn to Aether, which manages activation, customer care and billing. Both BlackBerry models (RIM 950TM and RIM 957 TM) – once activated by Aether – provide anywhere, anytime access to email and other personal information management services.

“With Amazon.com selling the device and Aether providing service and support, it’s a winning combination for the consumer,” said John Clarke, Vice President of Hosting Services for Aether.

The monthly fee for the 'BlackBerry by Aether' messaging service is $39.95; while the handhelds are currently being offered for $399 for the RIM 950 and $499 for the RIM 957. Aether, will market 'BlackBerry by Aether' through a national print and on-line advertising campaign.

“It is our goal to continuously delight our customers with an ever increasing selection of the latest electronic devices,” said David Pulda, divisional merchandise manager for Amazon Electronics. “By offering BlackBerry devices with Aether's services, customers have an exciting solution for wireless e-mail access.”

About Aether Systems

Aether Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless and mobile data products and services allowing real-time communications and transactions across a full range of devices and networks. Using its engineering expertise, the ScoutWareTM family of products including the Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software platform, and its network operations and customer care center, Aether seeks to provide comprehensive, technology-independent wireless and mobile computing solutions. Aether develops and delivers wireless data services across a variety of industries and market segments in the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit www.aethersystems.com

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet’s No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1 book retailer. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com seeks to be the world’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.com lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items and kitchen products, software, and video games. Amazon.com has three international sites: www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de and www.amazon.fr that offer a complete line of British, German and French books, music CDs, DVDs and Videos for sale locally and for export around the world. Amazon Anywhere is the leader in mobile e-commerce, providing access from anywhere in the world to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and through handheld wireless Internet devices that use HDML or the Wireless Application Protocol.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties of Research In Motion Limited and are used by permission.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com’s limited operating history, anticipated losses, significant amount of indebtedness, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risk of distribution center expansion, risks related to fourth quarter performance, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, inventory risks, risks related to auction and zShops services, risks related to fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, strategic alliances and the Amazon.com Commerce Network. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999, and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2000, and June 30, 2000.

This press release includes forward-looking statements based on current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Aether that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. These risks and other risk factors are described in Aether’s report on Form 10-K with respect to the fiscal year ending December 31, 1999 and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Aether undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.


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