Cingular Wireless First to Deliver 2.5G Services to Consumers
'Cingular Wireless Internet Express' Turns On Promise of GPRS in Seattle Market
Atlanta, August 27, 2001 - Building on over a decade of experience managing and delivering packet data services, Cingular Wireless today announced the commercial launch of the first consumer GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) solution. The introduction of 'Cingular Wireless Internet Express' in Seattle provides consumers, as well as business users, with an improved wireless Internet experience with "always on" access to information and speeds up to 10 times faster than current technologies on other domestic wireless networks. The new GPRS service, which introduces packet data transmission technology into its existing GSM network, is an extension of Cingular's expertise leveraging its extensive and seamless nationwide Mobitex network.
Cingular's Wireless Internet Express gives Seattle consumers the flexibility to toggle between an Internet session and a phone call or text message without having to abandon their Internet connection. This means that Cingular mobile phone users can have convenient access to e-mail, Internet, messaging, games and other services. Additionally, with the Motorola Timeport 7389i tri-band phone, consumers can roam anywhere on GSM across the U.S. and Canada and with Cingular's GSM partners overseas.
The introduction of this new technology to Seattle consumers lays the foundation for Cingular's roll-out of "2.5G" technology nationwide and its gradual evolution to "3G" or third generation wireless technology. Cingular Wireless Internet Express is expected to be available in all of Cingular's GSM markets by early 2002.
"Cingular Wireless is proud to be the first to deliver the next generation of wireless communications to consumers," said Steve Krom, Cingular Wireless Vice President of Data and Internet Services. "This Fall, Cingular will leverage its depth of experience with business applications, delivering many of the same services currently offered through its Cingular Interactive services, such as wireless access to corporate e-mail, a feature no other wireless provider offers over GPRS."
Cingular's Wireless Internet Express service is running over network infrastructure supplied by Ericsson Inc. and Nokia.
Business users have long enjoyed Cingular Interactive's many industry-leading services. Cingular's Corporate E-mail PLUS takes popular wireless e-mail services like BlackBerry™ to the next level by allowing users to receive, respond to and forward e-mails as if they were in the office. Corporate E-mail PLUS is the only service that gives enterprise employees wireless access to their corporate e-mail via the Blackberry wireless e-mail solution, along with interactive messaging capabilities from both the RIM 950 or RIM 957 Wireless Handhelds™. Users can also combine Corporate E-mail PLUS with other services, such as line of business applications and business news and lifestyle content, on the same handheld.
Consumers with Cingular's new GPRS service can use Cingular's My Wireless Window Internet portal (www.mywirelesswindow.com) and enjoy improved access to the mobile Internet for smarter, faster and more affordable information. The wireless portal, accessible from a mobile phone or personal computer, includes calendar, shopping, e-mail, address book and instant messaging. The My Wireless Window portal also provides access to the latest information on stocks, sports, games, weather, news, movies, lottery, horoscopes as well as driving directions and Yellow Pages information for mobile phone users.
With Cingular's new Wireless Internet Express, air time will not count against wireless rate plan minutes, so customers are able to spend as much time on the Internet as needed, paying for their data volume usage (per kilobyte sent and received). Wireless Internet Express will be offered as a feature add-on to any rate plan, giving consumers added flexibility to meet their specific needs. Packages are available starting at $14.99 and including 100 interactive messages.
Motorola's Timeport 7389i
As a tri-band GSM/GPRS handset, the 7389i allows users to travel to more than 150 countries without having to change handsets or phone numbers. With full Personal Information Management (PIM) functionality, synchronization capabilities, voice recognition, GPRS and Voice Note recorder, the 7389i handset operates as an essential tool for smarter, faster and more affordable information while traveling.
The Motorola Timeport 7389i is currently available at select Cingular locations in Seattle, or visit www.mywirelesswindow.com and www.motorola.com.
ABOUT CINGULAR WIRELESS
Cingular Wireless is the second largest wireless carrier in the U.S., and is dedicated to self-expression and customer-friendly service. As a leader in mobile voice and data communications, Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth, currently serves more than 20 million customers nationwide. Cingular offers customers advanced technologies in simple, cost-effective ways that permit them to tap the creative potential of wireless through their own self-expression. Details of the company are available at www.cingular.com.