AT&T Wireless today gives customers two new multi-band rate plans and a unique phone that works on both its GSM and TDMA networks, providing an unprecedented level of mobile flexibility. In addition to national voice calling on the AT&T Wireless GSM and TDMA networks, customers can also receive "always-on" high-speed data services in dozens of GSM/GPRS markets. AT&T Wireless customers can select from two new national calling plans:
The AT&T Multi-Band One Rate Plan includes no roaming or domestic long distance charges for all voice calls made within the United States. Monthly pricing ranges from $59.99 for 450 minutes to $199.99 for 2,000 minutes.
The AT&T Multi-Band National Network Plan, offers no roaming or long distance charges when calls are carried over the company's GSM or TDMA networks. Monthly pricing ranges from $34.99 for 300 minutes to $149.99 with 2,200 minutes.
The new packages allow customers to take advantage of the AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS network within designated coverage areas and its national TDMA voice network when traveling outside the GSM/GPRS calling area.
Completing the combo package is the Siemens S46, the first available wireless phone to combine GSM/GPRS and TDMA technology. The phone gives customers the ability to use one handset to make calls across the country or internationally. The Siemens S46 is priced at $199.99 and provides high-speed wireless data capabilities, voice dialing and built-in data/fax modem. An optional MP3 player headset may be purchased separately.
"Now our customers can combine a national voice calling plan and high-speed wireless data access in all our GSM/GPRS markets," said Michael Sievert, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for AT&T Wireless. "Our Multi-Band customers benefit by using one of the largest national wireless networks in North America and have the ability to roam with a single handset to many foreign countries"
For an additional fee, AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS phones can access a variety of high-speed data services, including the company's recently announced mMode service, which provides personalized access to information, people, news, games, and much more. Customers can also connect their wireless phone with a laptop, using it like a modem, and receive data speeds on the order of 25-30 Kbps.
AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS service is available in more than 25 of the top 100 markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and Seattle. Excluding TeleCorp markets, the AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS network is deployed across nearly 60 percent of the company's served population and will be extended nationally by the end of the year.
GSM is the most widely used wireless voice technology in the world. Carriers using GSM serve more than 70 percent of wireless voice customers worldwide. Additionally, GPRS is being adopted by wireless carriers worldwide to provide high-speed data services.