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AT&T WIRELESS' GSM/GPRS NET"WORKS" FOR CUSTOMERS

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    AT&T WIRELESS' GSM/GPRS NET"WORKS" FOR CUSTOMERS

    See press release below. Highlights include an announced release of the Siemens GSM/GPRS/TDMA phone to be available next month. FEDEX CHOOSES AT&T WIRELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    AT&T WIRELESS' GSM/GPRS NET"WORKS" FOR CUSTOMERS

    Company to more than double voice capacity, add devices and international roaming FedEx signs for GPRS package


    ORLANDO - Today, in the land of fun and fantasy, AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) announced it will perform a magic act of its own by installing new technology that could more than double the voice capacity on its newly deployed GSM network.

    At the CTIA Trade Show in Orlando, AT&T Wireless also raised the curtain on the first TDMA/GSM/GPRS global phone, showcased international roaming services and unveiled a contract with a major international business to use its GPRS network.

    AT&T Wireless said it will combine GSM's inherent frequency hopping technology with Adaptive Multirate Vocorder (AMR) compression software to increase network capacity as demand for voice calling grows. These network enhancements are expected to more than double the number of voice calls handled using existing spectrum.

    Additionally, the company will begin selling handsets later this year that incorporate the new AMR technology. Vendors at this year's show are expected to introduce phones equipped with the AMR technology.

    AT&T Wireless said the flexibility of GSM provides a fast, cost-effective way of meeting and exceeding the growing voice needs of customers to reliably make, retain and receive clear sounding calls. GSM (Global Standard for Mobile Communications) is the most widely used voice technology in the world. Carriers using GSM serve more than 70 percent of wireless voice customers worldwide.

    "Our choice in using the global standard GSM/GPRS technology as the foundation for meeting our customers' needs now, and as we move to full 3G, continues to pay dividends for us and our customers," said Rod Nelson, chief technology officer for AT&T Wireless. "By the end of this year, our customers will be able to make a call, access e-mail or surf the web whether they're standing in Orlando or under the Eiffel Tower."

    To support customers' global needs, AT&T Wireless announced it signed more than 25 roaming agreements with international GSM carriers serving 24 countries including England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and Taiwan. These agreements will soon give customers using multi-band/frequency wireless phones, or other devices, the ability to make and receive calls, using their same phone number, while traveling abroad. In countries where carriers have deployed GPRS, high-speed wireless data services will also be available. Additionally, AT&T Wireless currently has a roaming agreement with AT&T Rogers Canada.

    In addition to extending its own coverage, AT&T Wireless is also working with more than a dozen phone, PDA, and modem manufacturers to develop and deliver products based on the global GSM/GPRS standard. The company estimates about two dozen devices will be available by the third quarter of this year.

    For example, Siemens today will become the first company to deliver a multi-band GSM/GPRS/TDMA world phone. The new wireless phone works on GSM/GPRS(900/1900mhz) and TDMA (850/1900mhz) networks and has an optional MP3 player that can be purchased separately. The phone will be available next month in markets served by AT&T Wireless' GSM/GPRS network at a purchase price of $199.99.

    "Wireless networks, services, devices and applications based on GSM/GPRS will permeate markets around the world, providing individuals and businesses with wireless services almost anywhere and anytime they need them," Nelson said.

    AT&T Wireless delivers GPRS package to FedEx
    FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, is taking advantage of the features and reliability of the AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS network to better serve its workforce and customers. The company announced today that it signed a five-year contract regarding the integration of its private wireless network with AT&T Wireless' GPRS network. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    "FedEx was looking for a carrier that is well positioned for the long term and has the bandwidth to help deliver next-generation services across our enterprise," said Winn Stephenson, senior vice president of Information Technology for FedEx Services. "We believe AT&T Wireless' GPRS network will support our continuing goal of offering couriers and customers convenient access to FedEx shipping information. They have a proven record for delivering network solutions on time and are focused on making technology work for their customers."

    The integration between the two networks allows FedEx Express couriers to access shipping information online -- whether in the office or in a delivery vehicle - wherever the AT&T Wireless GPRS network is deployed.

    AT&T Wireless Mobile Internet service offers customers several plans - from simple voice packages to combinations of voice and high-speed data services- using the company's GSM/GPRS network. The service is available to individual and business customers in more than 30 major cities in 10 states. The company also has roaming agreements that extend the reach of the service to California, North Carolina and South Carolina. A variety of devices and service plans are available at www.attwireless.com/mobileinternet.

    "While fantasy works great in this part of the country, it falls short when managing the expectations of wireless customers. We're breaking through the 3G hype by delivering advanced wireless services today and true 3G services next year," said Nelson. "The evolution of our technology path will help make this a small world for all our customers."
     

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