ORLANDO, Fla., March 18, 2002 — Today at CTIA Wireless 2002 in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft Corp. and VoiceStream Wireless announced plans to bring Microsoft® Windows® Powered Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition-based devices to customers later this year for use over VoiceStream’s high-speed GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile/General Packet Radio Service) wireless voice and data network. The combination of Microsoft’s Pocket PC Phone Edition software, which seamlessly integrates the power and versatility of Microsoft Pocket PC software with wireless capabilities, and VoiceStream’s wireless networks will enable customers to make phone calls or use high-speed wireless access to view virtually any Internet site or securely access corporate networks, e-mail and PIM from more than 6,500 cities across North America at speeds that rival or exceed standard dial-up wired connections.
VoiceStream is a member of T-Mobile International, the wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (NYSE
). Today’s announcement builds on plans released by Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft last week to deliver XML Web services to customers throughout Europe.
“Our goal is to give all our customers affordable, wide-scale wireless access to the information they want and the applications they know through a broad choice of intelligent devices,”
said Cole Brodman, senior vice president of Systems and Product Development at VoiceStream.
“We’re thrilled to work with VoiceStream, a company that shares the vision of connecting customers to their information any time, anywhere, on any device,”
said Juha Christensen, vice president for Mobility at Microsoft.
“VoiceStream’s knowledge of and investment in high-speed data networks and services combined with best-of-breed mobile devices based on our Pocket PC platform will be a winning combination for our mutual customers.”
VoiceStream customers today are already embracing the convenience of remotely accessing information from their laptops and Pocket PCs using VoiceStream’s nationwide GPRS high-speed network and a PC data card. In addition, VoiceStream’s 802.11b wireless broadband network is available in more than 650 public locations across the country, allowing customers to access their favorite Microsoft applications remotely using Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity)-enabled laptops or PDAs.
“We’re committed to providing a secure, fast and responsive wireless experience to all our customers,”
With nationwide GPRS, transparent EDGE upgrades in areas of regional demand and Wi-Fi hotspots in popular daily destinations, VoiceStream delivers a network that matches the diverse needs of our consumer and business customers.
“With Microsoft’s expertise in building familiar and powerful software, and VoiceStream’s ubiquitous high-speed wireless networks, customers can extend their familiar desktop experience beyond their home and office to get more from life using laptops, phones, PDAs and the fully integrated wireless digital assistants of tomorrow like Pocket PC Phone Edition.”
Based in Bellevue, Wash., VoiceStream operates the largest GSM/GPRS voice and data network in the United States. VoiceStream also operates a Wi-Fi 802.11b wireless broadband, (WLAN) network in more than 650 public locations across the country including airports, conference centers and coffee houses. VoiceStream is a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (NYSE
), and will begin marketing services under the T-Mobile brand by the end of 2002. Through its subsidiaries and other investments, Deutsche Telekom today serves more than 66 million wireless subscribers worldwide. VoiceStream is committed to providing the best value in wireless service through its
promise to provide customers with more minutes, more features and more service than any other wireless provider. For more information, visit the company Web site at http://voicestream.com/ .
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