IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Gateway, Inc. the nation’s third-largest PC company, today announced it was awarded a $1.6 million contract with United Independent School District (UISD) in Texas for M280 Convertible Notebook PCs and associated training, technical support and services.

As part of the three-year contract, Gateway will provide middle school students in the district with more than 1,000 convertible notebooks for use with day-to-day instruction and online testing.

The unique design of the Gateway(R) M280 Convertible Notebook enables it to be easily “converted” from notebook into tablet-mode by swiveling and folding down the display. This mode is ideal for the classroom environment, allowing students to use the PC for solving mathematical equations and taking notes with a digital pen. Students can also draw diagrams and edit documents directly on the widescreen display, which provides valuable extra work space over standard format displays.

“We’re delighted that United Independent School District is investing in our tablet solution, which offers many advantages to the educational process and can help increase student engagement and learning,” said Vin Riera, vice president of public sector, Gateway. “We’ve seen great results in computing programs leveraging convertible notebooks nationwide. As a solutions provider, we will work closely with UISD to deliver the best-in-class technology, service and support that will maximize their technology investment for years to come.”

North American Based Telephone Support

While many PC vendors go off-shore to save service costs, Gateway’s technical telephone support for U.S. customers is entirely based in North America. Customers are assured their calls are handled by knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and dedicated support agents close to home.

Gateway Professional

From ultra-reliable desktops, notebooks and servers to comprehensive services, Gateway has served organizations for 20 years. Gateway makes technology purchase, use and support simple through the programs developed for education, government and business customers. The ProNet Partner Program’s channel-friendly benefits help solution providers strengthen and grow their businesses. Gateway customers include many of the world’s leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, State of California, State of New York and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit http://www.gateway.com/business.

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has
been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.

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