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Epson Unveils Mobile POS Printer with Bluetooth Support for iOS

Today Epson America, Inc., a leading supplier of value-added Point of Sale (POS) solutions, announced that its popular Mobilink™ P60 thermal printers are now available with Bluetooth® connectivity for the iOS mobile operating system. Available in both receipt and label versions, the new Mobilink devices allow retail and hospitality customers to take advantage of wireless printing from all handheld iDevice peripherals, including Apple’s iPad®, iPod touch® and iPhone®, connecting via the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless networking standard. Bluetooth’s open standard wireless communications protocol creates a stable, reliable connection and is a cost effective option for short-range transactions of up to 30 feet. Epson’s new Mobilink products meet the skyrocketing customer demand for highly reliable, Bluetooth-based mobile printing from iDevices throughout retail stores and hospitality environments.

Epson Mobilink P60 Bluetooth iOS (Photo: Business Wire)

Epson Mobilink P60 Bluetooth iOS (Photo: Business Wire)

Epson has simplified the process required to secure Apple’s approval for iOS Bluetooth applications. Epson’s software development kits (SDK) are designed to shorten the development time required to implement mobile POS applications, enabling support for wireless POS printing from handheld peripherals. Mobilink also supports Google’s Android™ mobile technology platform and Windows operating systems, with connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth.

According to the IHL Group, mobile POS technology is a $5.5 billion business worldwide, and the single fastest-moving trend in retail since Internet access was added to stores. “As a market leader in POS printing, Epson is at the forefront of mobile and wireless retail printing technologies,” commented Gregg Brunnick, Director of Marketing for Epson’s Business Systems Division. “We were first to the market with a mobile POS printer, and now we’ve added Bluetooth connectivity to this product. It’s an ideal printing solution, because you can print receipts or labels from iDevices, and you can take the printer wherever the customer is. It’s the best of both worlds for mobile POS printing.”

Mobilink was the first wireless mobile receipt printer designed specifically for retail and hospitality environments and has been growing in popularity since its original launch in October 2003. Mobilink is based on Epson’s best-selling TM-T88 series and is designed for high-speed, reliable on-the-go thermal receipt or label printing. With features such as an autocutter with its receipt version and a label peeler with its label version, Mobilink supports a wide range of mobile printing applications including line busting, tableside service, warehousing and logistics, route sales, and shelf and product labeling. Mobilink is ruggedized and is CPCL-compatible for easy drop-in Zebra replacement.

Mobilink is available with belt clip and shoulder strap options for maximum flexibility and both receipt and label versions are now available through Epson’s extensive reseller and distribution channels. For more information, visit http://pos.epson.com/mobile.

About Epson America, Inc.

Epson is one of the world's leading manufacturers of highly reliable point-of-service technology, including printers, precision printing mechanisms and digital image scanners. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. The Seiko Epson organization is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment, and for the third year in a row is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index – an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. Epson offers the most comprehensive line of POS printers, as well as the widest selection of ENERGY STAR qualified models available today. To learn more about Epson America Business Systems Division, please visit: http://pos.epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America Business Systems Division on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/EpsonFacebook-BizSys), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonB2B_PR) and YouTube (http://tinyURL.com/EpsonYouTube)

EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Mobilink is a trademark of Epson America. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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