Dell, Cingular Wireless Expand Alliance to Offer Next Generation Connectivity Choice; Collaboration Assures Mobile Users Wireless Broadband Access on Global Standard
Beginning in the first quarter of next year, Dell will offer notebook computers with integrated High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA) wireless broadband capability, offering customer choice in network providers. Today, Dell offers Cingular's GC83 EDGE PC card modem for its notebook customers. Customers can purchase the card for $199 from Dell, and then apply for a $150 mail-in rebate(a) from Cingular, available with select plans. Service pricing includes a $59.99 per month unlimited data offer from Cingular for customers who also have a voice plan.(b)
“This is another important step to provide world-class mobile broadband technology to Dell customers”
Dell is responding to customer demand for choice and is the first major personal computer supplier to announce multiple wireless carrier partnerships focusing on integrated mobile broadband capability.
"This is another important step to provide world-class mobile broadband technology to Dell customers," Alex Gruzen, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. "Dell was among the first to realize the promise of high-speed wireless data when it began offering PC modem cards to its customers two years ago. Now the two companies are working together to provide Dell mobile customers with built-in access to the 3G wireless broadband technology deployed broadly worldwide."
"Dell and Cingular, two leaders in their respective industries, are collaborating to re-set the standard in mobile computing with the deployment of 3G wireless broadband services based on a global standard," said Jeff Bradley, vice president, business data services, for Cingular Wireless. "Dell is the top supplier of business notebooks worldwide while Cingular, the largest wireless providers in the U.S., is an innovator among wireless carriers in the deployment of built-in wireless wide area network services in portable computers. We look forward to working with Dell to use our collective experience and expertise to deliver a powerful next-generation wireless computing solution to mobile customers."
Cingular is the country's premier wireless business provider serving 95 of the Fortune 100 companies, 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and well over 1,200 federal, state and local government agencies.
Cingular's 3G network infrastructure is based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) technology, a global standard for 3G wireless networks to which carriers in more than 35 countries have committed, and will include HSDPA. HSDPA will offer typical speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kpbs).
The first wireless carrier to deploy HSDPA, Cingular expects to offer UMTS/HSDPA services in 15 to 20 markets by the end of this year. By the end of 2006, Cingular expects HSPDA network coverage into most major U.S. markets.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 51.6 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(SM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/.
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(b) Terms and conditions apply to service. Additional charges and fees may apply. Wireless subscription will result in a monthly recurring wireless bill from Cingular Wireless. The $59.99 Unlimited Data Connect Rate Plan is available to new customers who sign a 2-year contract as well as existing customers who migrate to the new rate plan with a new 2-year contract and qualifying voice plan ($39.99 or above). This rate plan is available for a limited time through Dec 31, 2005.
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