AT&T Wireless launches mMode service Tuesday in twelve US markets in which it has already upgraded to its GSM/GRPS network. mMode markets incude Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Kansas City, the greater Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area, Tampa and St. Petersburg, and West Palm Beach. San Diego is scheduled to receive the service within the next two weeks. Additional cities will be added throughout the year.
mMode is the US version of Japan's NTT DoCoMo's very successful i-mode wireless Internet service.
DoCoMo has invested some US$10 billion and owns approximately 16 percent of AT&T Wireless.
"We have created mMode to show consumers they can do a lot more with wireless phones than just talk," said Andre Dahan, president of AT&T Wireless' mobile multimedia services unit. "Intuitively easy to use, attractively priced, and fun, mMode lets consumers live a mobile life - an mLife - on their own terms."
Pricing plans include the "Mini" plan at $2.99 per month plus two cents for each kilobyte of data. The "Mega" at $7.99 per month includes one megabyte of data with each additional kilobyte costing one cent. The "Max" plan costing $12.49 per month includes two megabytes of data and one cent for each additional megabyte. To help customers determine the best mMode plan to meet their individual needs, AT&T Wireless has designed a simple-to-use tool available at www.attwireless.com/mmode or at any AT&T Wireless store selling the new service.
For now, customers are billed via their credit cards with the option of paying for content on their monthly bill being available later this year.
Handsets for the new mMode service include the Ericsson T68, the Nokia 8390 and the Motorola Timeport P7382I. Plans are for the Siemens S46 to be available soon.
The Sony Ericsson T68 wireless phone is the first GSM/GPRS phone in the United States to feature a color screen and Bluetooth(tm) wireless technology. The tri-band phone works on 900, 1800 and 1900 megahertz GSM networks. Additional features include joystick navigation, calendar/organizer functions and voice control. The Sony Ericsson T68 is priced at $199.99.
The Nokia 8390 wireless phone allows customers to easily change covers and offers advanced features like voice dialing and a personal memo recorder. Using the built-in infrared port, the new phone can also send and receive data between devices equipped with compatible infrared capability. Additional features include a phonebook, calendar, to-do list and games. The Nokia 8390 is priced at $199.99. For further information see http://wapsight.com/info/2002/03/06/125457.html
AT&T Wireless is the first service provider in the country to offer the Motorola Timeport P7382i. This handset provides customers with voice-activated dialing and allows for high-speed data access to corporate Intranet sites, e-mail and personal information, such as calendars. The Motorola Timeport phone can also be linked to compatible PCs, enabling customers to take advantage of the higher mobile data rates that such devices enable. The Motorola Timeport phone is priced at $199.99.
The Siemens S46 is the first handset to combine GSM and TDMA functionality. It is GPRS enabled and comes with a MP3 player. It weighs in at 4.34 oz., has a 6 line by 16 character display, a WAP 1.2 browser, built-in data and fax modem, IrDA interface, 80 second voice memo, Intelligent Typing for speed messaging, and synchronization with Microsoft Outlook. This handset is targeted to the business user with its international roaming capabilities. This handset is also priced at $199.99. For further information see http://wapsight.com/info/2002/03/23/190104.html