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AT&T Wireless Unleashes Ogo
Posted: 28-Sep-2004 [Source: AT&T]

[The Ogo from AT&T Wireless is the first wireless messaging device to provide unlimited IM, email, and text messaging (but no voice) for $99 with umlimited messaging plans starting at $17.99 per month.]

Redmond, Wash. -- All of those messages typically confined to the desktop are about to be unleashed with Ogo(tm) - a radically new, hip, and affordable mobile messaging device for the masses, particularly teens and young adults. Available exclusively from AT&T Wireless, Ogo is the first and only wireless messaging device to provide unlimited instant messaging (IM) and email from all three leading providers - AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! - plus text messaging, all in a sleek, simple-to-use device.

At an affordable device price of $99 (after $30 mail-in rebate) with unlimited messaging plans starting at only $17.99 per month, Ogo provides customers with a wireless messaging device priced for the typical consumer. Ogo-ers will be able to experience instant messaging and email services in a dramatically different way than most Americans do today. Ogo gives customers the freedom to stay connected to their online communities while on-the-go.

Ogo's design requirements and all other elements of its service experience were created and directed by AT&T Wireless. While designed specifically for multiple messaging applications, the company expects instant messaging users to be among Ogo's earliest adopters, since the device offers a near desktop-like IM experience. According to figures released by the Pew Internet and Life Project earlier this month, there are currently more than 53 million IM users in the US today, and 24% of them send more instant messages than email messages.

Designed to appeal to the youth market and consumers of all ages, AT&T Wireless believes that Ogo may benefit millions of parents who simply want to reclaim their home computers. "With Ogo, parents no longer have to contend with those endlessly long IM sessions of teenagers and twenty-somethings," Dahan continued. "And, today's youth no longer have to choose between 'logging-on' or 'heading-out' since Ogo lets them do both at the same time."

In addition to its messaging applications and low price, Ogo's appealing design and patent-pending technology offers a variety of features to make mobile messaging fun and easy. Ogo's unique clamshell case opens to reveal a large, color screen and full keypad with "hot keys" to all major messaging functions. With the click of a button, Ogo-ers can read mail, compose messages, access IM contact lists, insert emoticons, and view all open messages at a glance. In addition, customers can get themselves up and running on Ogo by simply turning it on and following the on-screen activation wizard - bypassing the hassle of an in-store activation process.

OGO KEY FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS

* "Clamshell" design unfolds to display large, color screen and keypad;

* Full QWERTY keypad and 8-way navigation joystick pad;

* 4K color display;

* Compact size and weight: 11.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 2.5 cm (closed) and 4.8 ounces;

* Special "hot keys" for simple navigation --- including a special "emoticon" button for inserting emoticons into IM chats and an "Ogo" button to view all active messages and chats on one screen for easy multitasking;

* Instant messaging on all three leading providers --- enables users to view and conduct unlimited chat sessions with buddies on Yahoo!, MSN, and AOL instant messaging services;

* E-mail on all three leading providers --- send and receive unlimited email from Yahoo!, MSN and AOL accounts;

* Text messaging or SMS (Short Message Service) --- send and receive unlimited text domestic messages to and from standard wireless phones;

* Consolidated inbox --- view all e-mail and text messages in a consolidated mailbox or sort by individual account;

* Special animated features --- Assign unique sounds and visual animations to different IM friends/contacts so users hear a different sound when each IM contact comes on-line or sends a message;

* Access to e-mail from other select Internet Service Providers and POP3 accounts at no additional charge;

* No annual service contract --- automatic credit card payment for new activations;

* "Grab-n-Go" self-activation --- on-device activation wizard gets users up and running themselves.

After developing the idea for Ogo internally at AT&T Wireless, the company selected IXI Mobile Inc., www.ixi.com, to manage overall development and delivery of Ogo's software and hardware based on their PMG(R) (Personal Mobile Gateway) technology. In addition, custom middleware software from OZ, www.oz.com, enables device interoperability between Ogo and the major email and instant messaging service platforms.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Ogo is available nationally for just $99 (after $30 mail-in rebate) at AT&T Wireless stores and via the web at www.attwireless.com. Monthly services plans start at $17.99 per month and include access to one premium email/IM provider (AOL, MSN, or Yahoo!) and unlimited incoming and outgoing messages. Access to additional premium email/IM accounts costs $3 each, per month. All plans include unlimited domestic text messaging. In addition, existing AT&T Wireless customers on postpaid GSM accounts can receive a special $3 per month discount when they add Ogo to their current AT&T Wireless account.

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