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    AT&T Wireless to Launch 3G Service Next Week

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - AT&T Wireless Services Inc., the third-largest U.S. mobile operator, on Thursday said it was on track to launch a high-speed Internet service for mobile phones this year, and sources close to the matter said the rollout would begin in four markets early next week.

    AT&T Wireless will launch its third-generation or "3G" mobile phone service capable of transmitting e-mail, pictures, and video at a high speed in four cities -- San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit, the sources told Reuters.

    The company will offer the data service at a fixed all-you-can-use rate of about $25 a month to consumers and $80 a month to corporate customers, one of the sources said.

    "We're on track to deliver the 3G services before the end of the year," AT&T Wireless spokesman Ritch Blasi told Reuters, but he declined to address the specific timing.

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    Miami and Dallas and San Diego fell off huh?
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    Excellent news! Pretty safe bet, IMO, that Treo Ace will be EDGE ready. can't wait to start streamimg shoutcast at EDGE speeds!
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    EDGE is not a 3G technology, it is 2.5G. 3G technology for gsm is UMTS. If don't believe me read ericsson EDGE white paper, Nortel also has a good EDGE whitepaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broman78
    EDGE is not a 3G technology, it is 2.5G. 3G technology for gsm is UMTS. If don't believe me read ericsson EDGE white paper, Nortel also has a good EDGE whitepaper.
    my bad (didn't click through and read the whole release), it sounds like this release is regarding the post EDGE network, WCDMA/UMTS. i'm wondering why this realease isn't on their website:

    here is a link to the original release with the mention of the four markets:

    what are the odds of Treo Ace being WCDMA/UMTS ready? i spend nearly all my time in either SF or Seattle, so this is huge news for me!!
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    It won't happen that Ace is ready for WCDMA

    actually, EDGE is a three G technology according to the loosest standards. 3G speed is defined as 144 - 2 MB download speed here, on the major 3G technology website (its right there underneath the "3G" in the illustration)

    EDGE is as 3G as 1xRTT is

    granted, neither provide the speeds we would like to see out of WCDMA and EV-DO, but they do meet the crtiera for 3G in widearea networks
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    Just a question here, excuse my lack of knowledge about this.....If AT&T Wireless is being purchased by Cingular, does this mean Cingular will offer the 3G service now? Or is AT&T Wireless going to retain some assets and market the 3G service itself?
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    Lots of deals/divestitures are being made in conjunction with this merger (e.g., Cingular decision to sell its CA GSM network to T-mobile as it plans to use AT&Ts), so anything is possible. However, my understanding is that post-merger AT&T will be leasing service capability (ala Virgin & others). So I would expect that the UMTS will be rolled into Cingular and offered by Cingular when the merger closes in Oct (just in time for the Ace rollout I might add).

    I've got to say that given how quickly UMTS is coming along I will be reluctant to upgrade from my 600 to anything that is not UMTS ready. In fact I will be extremely tempted to switch to something else if the Ace is not UMTS ready and no clear visibility is provided on when the next model will be released that is. I mean $25/mos for unlim UMTS and rolling out next week? How could any serious data user worth his salt in those four markets possibly resist that offer?!

    Furthermore, given that PalmOne is headquartered just outside of San Francisco and that Jeff Hawkins, rest of Palm team etc. want to use the latest and greatest, I'd be willing to be that some type of UMTS ready Treo comes out before the end of the year.
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    That $25/mo is only thru the WAP browser on either the Nokia 6651 or MOT845. It not for the U520 PCMCIA card or any HTML based browser. They still have the 79.99 unlimited internet browsing for that.
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    AT&T Wireless Delivers 3G UMTS Service in the United States

    Working with NTT DoCoMo, Company Launches Commercial 3G Service in Four Cities;
    Provides Streaming Video Services;
    Gives Businesses High-Speed Mobile Data Access

    For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

    SEATTLE, Wash. - AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) today began offering customers in Detroit, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle broadband mobile wireless services with its launch of the first commercially-available true 3G UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network in the United States. The company said it is also deploying UMTS technology in Dallas and San Diego, and expects to offer service in these markets before the end of this year.

    AT&T Wireless said its wireless broadband service turns these markets into "metropolitan hotspots," offering customers continuous, high-speed wireless connections. Customers can now use a handset, PDA or laptop to receive streaming audio and video services; create and share video clips; experience richer and more visually compelling content; and connect to critical business information, in most areas throughout these cities. The company also noted that it launched commercial service in these four cities in fulfillment of NTT DoCoMo's shareholder rights agreement.

    "We're delivering on our promise to offer 3G wireless services in the U.S., and bring the benefits to American consumers and businesses," said John Zeglis, AT&T Wireless Chairman and CEO. "In a few short years, we've increased wireless data speeds more than tenfold across the country. Today's announcement enables our customers to access information, video, and audio on their wireless device faster than most people do from their wired computer at home," he added.

    Today's commercial launch is made possible by our strategic relationships with equipment and device manufacturers, content providers and a host of leading high-tech companies," Zeglis said. "In particular, our collaborators and partners at NTT DoCoMo played a major role in helping us bring our 3G services to market."

    "AT&T Wireless customers can now experience advanced wireless services similar to those offered to our customers in Japan," said Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, the former President and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, who now serves on the company's Board of Directors. "We are glad to have worked with AT&T Wireless over the past three years as they have established themselves as the North American leader in wireless data services, and today, as they launch true, commercial 3G wireless to the United States."

    AT&T Wireless said the four-city UMTS (also known as W-CDMA) deployment is the next logical step for delivering 3G services on the world-standard GSM™ wireless technology platform. Currently, there are more than one billion GSM subscribers in more than 200 countries around the world.

    The company said it now offers the fastest nationwide wireless data service with EDGE, and provides true 3G service in more U.S. markets than any other company. In addition, AT&T Wireless noted that its customers can use most of its GSM devices for voice services in more than 140 countries and data services in more than 60 countries, which is a significant advantage compared to the more limited reach of services from its competitors.

    The commercial launch of UMTS by AT&T Wireless, and the expanded spectrum position that will result from the pending merger of AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, will enable the new combined company to offer customers a more expansive portfolio of wireless data solutions in North America. With the completion of the merger targeted before the end of the year, the new combined company will be better positioned to deploy UMTS nationally. Cingular recently disclosed plans for UMTS deployment, which it said will include trials in Atlanta this summer and could begin rolling out in 2005.

    AT&T Wireless said its wireless broadband service provides customers with average wireless data speeds between 220 and 320 kilobits-per-second (kbps), with bursts up to 384kbps. In the future, the company noted that UMTS can be easily and cost-effectively upgraded to HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), which is estimated to attain peak data rates up to 14.4 megabits-per-second (mbps).

    Starting today, AT&T Wireless said its customers can access the new wireless broadband service using either the Motorola A845 ($299.99) or Nokia 6651 ($299.99) handsets. In addition to providing access to high-speed wireless data connections and enhanced content through AT&T Wireless' mMode™ in the four markets announced today, the company said the handsets can be used to make voice calls or access wireless data connections at speeds equivalent to standard wired dial up service, when customers travel outside the four initial markets. The company said it is also offering a UMTS modem developed jointly by Lucent and Novatel ($149.99 with rebate), in addition to the handsets.

    AT&T Wireless said a number of the world's leading technology companies plan to take advantage of the higher throughput of its wireless broadband service to deliver applications, products and services to their customers. For consumers, mMode offers a host of high-speed, premium steaming and downloadable video and audio entertainment services. Premium entertainment services provided by RealNetworks®, Inc. give mMode customers the ability to enjoy hours of new, fun and informative content every day, including: ABC News, NPR News, CBS Marketwatch, FOX Sports, Sporting News Radio, The Weather Channel®, as well as, prime time TV and soap opera recaps, movie reviews and trailers, horoscopes, book reviews and more.

    "We congratulate AT&T Wireless on the successful launch of the first commercially-available true 3G UMTS network in the US market - an undertaking that will transform the face of mobile communications for U.S. consumers," said Carla Stratfold, senior vice president North America, RealNetworks, Inc. "Leveraging Real's relationships with 3G operators in other parts of the world, we have created mobile content services able to fully leverage the throughput of high-speed data networks such as UMTS and EDGE to deliver power, convenience and of course, full-speed, fun and valuable content to customers' handsets."

    AT&T Wireless said mobile professionals will be able to the use the modem or the handsets' Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly enable Internet and e-mail access using HP handhelds and notebook PCs. Customers using Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 with products in their work environment will receive a familiar and much-enhanced wireless connectivity solution for accessing their e-mail, contacts and calendar.

    "HP is committed to driving innovation across all aspects of mobility-from handheld devices to network infrastructure and services-and working with partners to create a compelling mobile experience for our customers," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, Mobility Computing at HP. "We value the work AT&T Wireless has done to bring wireless broadband access to the U.S. market; it's a significant milestone towards enabling a world of fast, continuous access to rich mobile services for business users and consumers."

    "Business professionals today understand the value of seamless and enhanced wireless access, and its ability to boost their productivity in the workplace," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. "AT&T Wireless' experience in high-speed data networks and services - combined with the power of Microsoft software and joint planning - makes the vision of mobile access to information a reality."

    AT&T Wireless also said business customers who use IBM's Websphere® Everyplace ™ Connection Manager (WECM) will have a mobile-specific Virtual Private Network (VPN) that encrypts data and optimizes performance for ultra-fast mobile access, and SAP's mySAP Mobile Business customers will also benefit from the wireless broadband speeds. Intel has also formally endorsed UMTS technology and plans to work with AT&T Wireless on developing and co-marketing UMTS services in the future. In addition, AT&T Wireless also said companies such as Perseus Wireless will offer specialized solutions like remote monitoring of existing security camera systems using UMTS handsets.

    AT&T Wireless said the combination of its recent GSM network improvements, national EDGE upgrade and today's UMTS deployments give its customers access to some of the most advanced wireless voice and data services in the world.

    The company's wireless broadband service is available to consumers and businesses through a variety of distribution channels or by calling 1-800-844-4813 or visiting Customers can select from any of AT&T Wireless GSM calling plans for voice services and can receive a monthly unlimited enhanced mMode plan for $24.99. Businesses can purchase unlimited data access for $79.99 monthly.

    Attention Media/Analysts:
    AT&T Wireless Chairman and CEO John Zeglis will host a news teleconference beginning at noon EST (9:00 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, July 20 to discuss UMTS. Mr. Zeglis will be joined Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, the former President and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, who now serves on the company's Board of Directors NTT DoCoMo. They will also be joined by executives from HP, Microsoft, and RealNetworks. Reporters based in the United States can participate in the teleconference by dialing (888) 428-4473. International reporters can dial (651) 291-0900.

    An online press kit with additional information, including downloadable images and video, is available at

    Attention Broadcast Outlets:
    AT&T Wireless will issue a satellite feed with VNR footage, B-roll footage, and executive interviews related to UMTS.

    Feed Information:
    Tuesday, July 20, 2004 -- 11:30 AM - 11:45 PM (PACIFIC)
    Telstar 5 C9, Newly named IA5 C09
    Feed point will be Fisher Pathways. Tech Support Number 206-404-4172

    For further information, please contact:

    Name: Jeremy Pemble
    Company: AT&T Wireless
    Office: (425) 580-5997
    Wireless: (425) 894-5012

    Name: Ritch Blasi
    Company: AT&T Wireless
    Office: (908) 696-4242
    Wireless: (908) 612-1760
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