Vodafone Picks Option

Vodafone Germany has chosen Option's fixed-wireless GlobeSurfer ICON device

March 9, 2006

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LEUVEN, Belgium -- Option N.V. (Euronext: OPTI, OTC: OPNVY), the wirelesstechnology company, today announced that Vodafone Germany has chosen Option’s new breed offixed-wireless device, the GlobeSurfer® ICON. The GlobeSurfer® ICON, marketed as VodafoneZuhause EasyBox, further opens up the potential for Vodafone to lead the emerging fixed wirelessconvergence market. In addition Vodafone also selected the GlobeTrotter HSDPA data card tofurther complement its range of wireless HSDPA data solutions. Vodafone will demonstrate both theGlobeSurfer® ICON and Option’s GlobeTrotter HSDPA data card at CeBIT 2006 (Hannover, 9 – 15March 2006).

Jan Callewaert, CEO at Option: “We know Vodafone is always looking for innovative and cuttingedgeproducts which provide great value to their customers and drive customer usage. Ourpartnership with Vodafone is an example of how world leaders can combine their know-how todevelop and bring to market innovative products. The Vodafone Zuhause EasyBox is a simple to useproduct, ideal for consumers accessing the internet from their homes.”Announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last month, the GlobeSurfer® ICON is thefixed-wireless that delivers simple and fast wireless broadband connectivity for consumer orbusiness applications whether at home or at work. With its DSL comparable data speed and zeroinstallation,the GlobeSurfer® ICON connects, and is powered, through any Desktop or Laptop USBport. Using patented technology, GlobeSurfer® ICON is truly plug ‘n play with zero user intervention.

This means no user install, no application or driver CD. All the user needs is to do is simply plugGlobeSurfer® ICON into an available USB port and connect to the internet, wirelessly.GlobeSurfer® ICON supports numerous features to enable multiple service offerings such asnetwork lock, cell lock, and home-zoning. Over an HSDPA network, GlobeSurfer® ICON enablesconnection to the Internet at data speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. In areas where HSDPA service is notavailable ICON can connect over 3G UMTS at up to 384 kbps, and quad-band EDGE/GPRS at up to247 kbps.

Option NV (Euronext: OPTI; Nasdaq Europe: OPIN)

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