Cingular Powers Next Generation of Wireless Devices
Carrier First to Offer Picture Messages and Screen Savers, Plus Choices from Over 1,400 Downloadable Graphics to Personalize Phones
ATLANTA, March 18, 2002 - Leading the industry with first-to-market devices and services, Cingular Wireless today unveiled five next generation wireless devices at the CTIA Wireless 2002 conference in Orlando, Florida. The company's nationwide network and technology innovation make Cingular the wireless service provider of choice for the hottest new wireless devices, which include such unique aspects as color screens, a multimedia phone with Microsoft smartphone 2002 operating system, and converged voice and data capabilities. The Sendo z100, Handspring Treo, Motorola v70, Nokia 6340 and Sony Ericsson T68 will now be powered by Cingular's state-of-the-art network in the coming months.
In addition, all of the new devices will support Cingular Xpress Mail, Cingular's groundbreaking new service that allows businesses for the first time to access their Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes corporate e-mail and other desktop applications in real-time from Internet-ready mobile phones.
Picture Messaging and Graphics
Separate from these new devices, Cingular is also the first carrier to empower its customers with individual flair for their phones by offering picture messages and screen savers. And customers can choose from over 1,400 downloadable graphics - more than from any other carrier. Now SMS text messages can be sent with an attached graphic and phones can be personalized with screen savers. Customers can also use a caller ID logo that they assign to a specific caller group, which displays when a member in that group is calling. Each graphic is just 99 cents. And, by the end of the month, Cingular will be one of the first to offer customers the ability to communicate with the majority of text messaging-enabled users in the U.S. -- regardless of their wireless carrier.
Cingular also announced an exclusive alliance in the U.S. with Sendo International to launch its line of 2002 GSM/GPRS handsets, consisting of several advanced dual band (850/1900 MHz) handsets with entertainment features such as two-player games, chat and EMS (Enhanced Messaging Services).
Cingular will also be the first U.S. carrier to bring to market the color screen Sendo Z100 multimedia Smartphone -- the world's first phone running Microsoft® Smartphone 2002 software. With Pocket Outlook® and Pocket Internet Explorer, Sendo's triple band (900/1800/1900mhz) GSM/GPRS Z100 will let business users access their information including email, contacts and calendar nearly anywhere in the world. This information can be synchronized over the air or with a PC. Users can also enjoy MP3 and WMA music in stereo and streaming video through Microsoft® Windows MediaTM Player and play games with fast moving 3D graphics. And the polyphonic ring tones allow for better quality sound with Cingular's customized ring tones. The Z100 is compatible with an extensive range of accessories, including a clip-on digital camera.
The award winning Treo combines voice, data and messaging services with PDA functionalities in a friendly, easy-to-use package. Cingular will enable Treo with its Cingular Xpress Mail service. Other business applications such as customer relationship management solutions will be available later this year.
The 6340 is the world's first GAIT compliant handset that will enable customers to use TDMA, GSM and analog networks. Available in select markets beginning next month, Cingular will initially offer the device in the Southeast, Gulf States and Boston markets.
§ Multi-technology roaming support between GSM and TDMA with advanced calling features, two-way text messaging and wireless Internet service.
In May of this year, customers can find the sleek and stylish Motorola V70 phone exclusively in Cingular stores in GSM markets. A union of fashion, function and design, the Motorola V70 is for the style-minded consumer who desires a progressive and ultra-modern phone. With a never-before-seen rotating cover, circular display and blue electro-luminescent (EL) MotoGlo emanating through a translucent keypad, the Motorola V70 blends a futuristic form with urban elegance. And, with GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) technology for "always on, always connected" Internet access*, SMS messaging and PIM (Personal Information Management) functions, the Motorola V70 elegantly blends beauty and brains.
* Network and subscription dependent feature. Not available in all areas
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 for both individuals and enterprises, Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth, currently serves more than 21.6 million consumer and business 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.