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Kinko's and T-Mobile to Offer Wireless Broadband Wi-Fi
Posted: 14-Apr-2003 [Source: T-Mobile]

[More than 2300 additional Wi-Fi hot spots are coming thanks to T-Mobile and Kinko's cooperation.]

Bellevue, Washington and Dallas, Texas -- Kinko's, Inc. and T-Mobile, USA Inc. today announced an agreement that will give Kinko's(r) customers Wi-Fi (802.11b) high-speed wireless broadband Internet access through the T-Mobile HotSpot(sm) service. More than 1,000 Kinko's locations nationwide plan to offer the T-Mobile HotSpot service, with rollout starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

Currently available in more than 2,300 convenient brand-name locations across the country, the T-Mobile HotSpot service provides customers with wireless broadband connectivity to the Internet and corporate intranets via Wi-Fi enabled laptops and PDAs.

Through the agreement, Kinko's and T-Mobile will add a service that caters to the needs of one of Kinko's core customers -- mobile professionals. These customers regularly turn to the Kinko's network of digitally connected locations for their presentation needs and a variety of other services.

The installation of T-Mobile HotSpots -- which keeps customers connected while outside the home or office -- will enable Kinko's to increasingly be more convenient for its customers. Kinko's customers will soon be able to easily connect to the T-Mobile HotSpot service to access their corporate e-mail and mission-critical data, as well as have their documents and presentations printed and prepared for them when and where they need them.

"Kinko's is known for making technology fast, easy and accessible -- Our customers count on it. T-Mobile's Wi-Fi leadership makes them the perfect match as we expand into a new area to meet customer needs," said Dan Connors, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Kinko's. "Thanks to the addition of T-Mobile HotSpot service at Kinko's locations nationwide, Kinko's will soon offer a new way for our customers to tap into the power of our own network of locations, experts and business services. Availability of T-Mobile HotSpots at Kinko's will make it easy for mobile professionals to access their corporate network, check their e-mail and even wirelessly print documents from anywhere inside our stores."

"The addition of Kinko's to T-Mobile's Wi-Fi network represents a landmark achievement for T-Mobile and for our industry," said Joe Sims, vice president and general manager of T-Mobile HotSpot. "With the addition of Kinko's, T-Mobile HotSpot service expands to yet another convenient location where mobile professionals already are and want to be. This agreement with Kinko's represents a critical element in building our T-Mobile HotSpot foundation and in preparing T-Mobile HotSpot for future success and industry leadership."

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