AT&T Wireless and Nokia bring high-speed EDGE services and devices to the US market
August 10, 2004
New mMode(TM) services now available on world's first EDGE smart phone, delivering exciting new streaming multimedia services to subscribers
NEW YORK, and REDMOND, Wash. - Today, AT&T Wireless and Nokia are bringing to life the true benefits of EDGE for U.S. subscribers with the availability of the Symbian OS and Series 60 Platform -based Nokia 6620 smart phone for use on AT&T Wireless' national EDGE network. Consumers downloading the latest games or mobile professionals accessing instant news and information can use AT&T Wireless' EDGE service at speeds up to three times faster than GPRS. AT&T Wireless is also introducing a variety of new full-motion video and audio streaming applications on mMode(TM) that take full advantage of the data capacity provided by its high-speed EDGE network.
One of these new mMode services is Real - rTV(TM), an audio/video subscription service optimized for EDGE network speeds, from RealNetworks®, Inc. For $4.95 per month subscribers can access content from FOX Sports, ABC News, CBS MarketWatch, Sporting News Radio, NPR, The Weather Channel, movie trailers from Hollywood.com, horoscopes, and more. Real - rTV also offers subscribers the ability to set and receive personalized 'Alerts' notifying the subscriber when particular content programming becomes available on Real - rTV.
"AT&T Wireless is making advanced, high-quality mobile services available for both work and play," said Sam Hall, vice president of mMode services for AT&T Wireless. "The Nokia 6620 smart phone is an example of a full-featured device that allows users to customize their mobile experience with applications that fit their particular needs. Customers can enjoy mMode's streaming video and audio services on the Nokia 6620 and take some of the best of the Web with them while on the go - all in a true high-speed mobile environment on our national EDGE network."
The Nokia 6620 smart phone is based on Nokia's Series 60 Platform, the world's leading smart phone platform. The large color screen, easy to use interface and extensive suite of standards-based applications make this platform ideally suited to support new mobile services and applications ranging from personal productivity to games. Customers can capture both still and video images with its built-in camera and further customize their device by choosing from hundreds of Series 60 applications.
"With the Nokia 6620 phone, we are delivering not just a great smart phone and imaging product, but a platform upon which a myriad of applications can be built - not only games and entertainment, but applications that can be used to increase the productivity of users," said Nigel Rundstrom, vice president of Multimedia sales and channel management for Nokia. "When combined with AT&T Wireless' high-speed national EDGE network and mMode service, the Nokia 6620 phone becomes an extremely powerful tool for staying connected to one's work and home lives."
For business travelers, the WorldMate application offers a simultaneous graphical representation of up to five different time zones, current weather conditions for over 250 cities and a currency converter function - each updated over-the-air via mMode with current information. For productivity on the go, Quickoffice allows users to open, edit and save word processing documents, presentations and spreadsheets on their Nokia 6620 phone. Other mMobile productivity tools such as mobile e-mail, over-the-air synchronization of PDA data, and a full Internet browser (HTML 4.0, XHTML/CSS and WML) over the EDGE network allow users to stay efficient and in touch while on the go.
For sports fanatics, Nokia Sports uses the power of AT&T Wireless' EDGE network and mMode service to bring professional baseball and basketball to the Nokia 6620 phone. Nokia Sports delivers updated scores, standings, news, streaming video highlights and live baseball game audio streaming right on the Nokia 6620 handset.
Each application is available on a trial-basis at no charge. After the trial period for each of these applications has expired, the full version can be purchased directly from the phone, and billed to the user's AT&T Wireless account. mMode users may also view and purchase applications online at the new My mMode website at www.attwireless.com/mymMode.
In addition, AT&T Wireless is offering customers with EDGE handsets an unlimited mMode data plan designed for heavy data usage - including streaming content - for $24.99 per month.* Nokia 6620 smart phones are now available at AT&T Wireless retail stores nationwide for $299.99 with a 2-year agreement (after instant activation credit and mail-in rebates) online at www.attwireless.com , or by calling 1-888-290-4613.
*Additional charges apply for using the phone as a modem by either tether, IR or Bluetooth.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.
About AT&T Wireless
AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With 21.737 million subscribers as of June 30, 2004, and revenues of more than $16.8 billion over the past four quarters, AT&T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and internationally.