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T-Mobile Launches Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted: 03-Aug-2002 [Source: T-Mobile press release]

[T-Mobile offers new Windows Powered Pocket PC Phone Edition for use with T-Mobile's nationwide GSM/GPRS network.]

Bellevue, Washington -- The promise of delivering customers a rich, wireless Internet experience on a mobile device was delivered in living color today as T-Mobile USA, one of the nation's leading providers of wireless voice and data services, announced the immediate availability of the T-Mobile branded Windows Powered Pocket PC Phone Edition for T-Mobile and VoiceStream customers exclusively. Consistent with T-Mobile's GET MORE service offering, the highly anticipated voice-enabled PDA gives customers a true, full color Internet experience on a mobile device, fully integrated with pocket versions of their favorite Microsoft software applications. The device is available nationally today through T-Mobile and VoiceStream Wireless sales channels and can be used anywhere across T-Mobile's network -- the only nationwide all digital GSM/GPRS high-speed wireless voice and data network in the county.

The T-Mobile brand debuted with the launch of service in California and Nevada in July and will transition the VoiceStream Wireless name to T-Mobile over the next few months, offering service in 45 of the top 50 U.S. markets.

The combination of Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition software and T-Mobile's all digital wireless network enables customers to wirelessly access the Internet, secure corporate networks, e-mail, calendar and contacts from more than 8,000 cities across North America at speeds that meet or exceed standard dial-up wired connections. The highly anticipated device, priced at $549.99 with a $50.00 rebate with activation of qualified voice and data plans, is a fully integrated PDA and dual mode wireless phone. Customers can stay in touch and online with pocket versions of their favorite Microsoft software applications including Internet Explorer, Outlook, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player, Word and Excel.

The dual band phone functionality means customers can use their T-Mobile Pocket PC device and same phone number when traveling in more than 90 countries, with voice rates as low as 99 cents a minute through T-Mobile's WorldClass service.

"Our goal is to offer affordable, broad-scale wireless access to the information customers 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 T-Mobile USA. "The Pocket PC Phone Edition is a premier addition to our line up of innovative voice and data solutions for consumers and businesses and is available today, nationwide. With T-Mobile's high-speed wireless networks, customers can extend their familiar desktop experience beyond their home and office to get more applications and more access to content in more places."

The T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition is packed with features and functionality, making it an ideal productivity tool for anyone who owns a Windows desktop:

Wireless phone Use it as a wireless phone that you can hold to your ear or use with the included hands-free headset. Even hold a conference call with a built in speaker phone and take notes on the PDA during a phone call. Send two-way text messages to friends and family across the nation, no matter which wireless device or service provider they use.

Internet access Browse the Internet or your corporate intranet via Virtual Private Network (VPN) wherever you happen to be with a standards based HTML browser.

Synch Your Outlook E-Mail Sync your Outlook e-mail with your desktop PC, using the included Pocket PC cradle.

Wireless e-mail Remotely access Internet and POP3 e-mail and attachments.

Microsoft platform and applications Stay in touch and online with the extensible Windows platform and pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Outlook and MSN Messenger to provide a PC in your hand. Use Microsoft Reader and Windows Media Player to read books and play MP3s.

Organizer Use the Pocket Outlook to access your contacts, calendar, task list and files.

Connected Make voice and data calls and sync using the included Pocket PC cradle over a USB connection to your Windows desktop. Beam v-cards and appointments to your friends using the IrDA port.

Expandable Expand your capabilities by getting additional memory with the standard Secure Digital (SD/MMC) slot in a totally integrated Windows device that fits in your pocket and offers ubiquitous coverage and high data speeds.

"Microsoft is very excited about making the Pocket PC Phone Edition available to customers of Windows with T-Mobile," said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of the mobility group at Microsoft. "T-Mobile shares our belief that software is important to provide more value to mobile professionals and consumers. As a technology leading global carrier, operating a high-speed nationwide GSM/GPRS network, T-Mobile customers using Pocket PC Phone Edition can access more content, and communicate with more people, in more places than ever before."

Starting today, the Pocket PC Phone Edition is available at more than 200 select T-Mobile and VoiceStream Wireless stores nationwide and online at www.t-mobile.com. Additionally, the T-Mobile Pocket PC PE is available through the company's direct enterprise sales force, as well as authorized T-Mobile and VoiceStream Wireless dealers.

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