T-Mobile USA Partners with One Laptop per Child To Help Children in the Developing World
A Complimentary One-year Subscription to T-Mobile® HotSpot Encourages Participation in Give One Get One Program
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced it is partnering with One Laptop per Child for its Give One Get One initiative. T-Mobile is offering one year of complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access(1) to people who donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing country through the campaign.
“This is a terrific offer that we encourage people to take advantage of, and we thank T-Mobile for its generosity and support of OLPC and the Give One Get One program.”
“T-Mobile believes in helping people stay connected to those who matter most in their lives. The Give One Get One program delivers on our unmistakable commitment to enhancing personal relationships,” said Joe Sims, vice president and general manager for Broadband Services, T-Mobile USA. “We are excited and proud to partner with One Laptop per Child, and are hopeful that our contribution will not only encourage other people to participate, but also make a positive difference.”
The Give One Get One philanthropic campaign puts laptops into the hands of children in the developing world. For a limited time – from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26, 2007 – people can donate $399 for two laptops. One laptop will be given to a child in the developing world. The other laptop will be sent to the donor along with information on how to activate the one year of complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot service.
T-Mobile HotSpot service provides fast and reliable Wi-Fi Internet access at nearly 8,500 public T-Mobile HotSpot locations throughout the country. As the largest carrier-grade, commercial wireless broadband network in the United States, T-Mobile HotSpot service is available at select Starbucks coffee shops, Borders bookstores, Hyatt Hotels, Amtrak stations and more than 70 major airports across the United States.
“We are delighted that T-Mobile is partnering with One Laptop per Child and offering complimentary Wi-Fi access to people who participate in the Give One Get One program,” said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child. “This is a terrific offer that we encourage people to take advantage of, and we thank T-Mobile for its generosity and support of OLPC and the Give One Get One program.”
For more information about OLPC and Give One Get One, please visit http://www.laptopgiving.org. To find more information about T-Mobile HotSpot service and locations, visit http://hotspot.t-mobile.com.
(1) Limited time offer; subject to change. Participating US locations only. Complimentary service valid for one year from date of activation. For more details see T-Mobile HotSpot terms and conditions at hotspot.t-mobile.com.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc., is a member of the T-Mobile International group, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications, and the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2007, approximately 112 million mobile customers were served by the mobile segment of the Deutsche Telekom group — 27 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect effortlessly to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile highest, in numerous regions throughout the U.S., in wireless call quality and wireless customer care. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. stick together is a registered trademark of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
One Laptop per Child (OLPC at http://www.laptop.org) is a non-profit organization created by Nicholas Negroponte and others from the MIT Media Lab to design, manufacture and distribute laptop computers that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. These XO laptops will be rugged, open source, and so energy efficient that they can be powered by a child manually. Mesh networking will give many machines Internet access from one connection. The pricing goal is $100.
The XO laptops will be sold to governments and issued to children by schools on a basis of one laptop per child. Starting November 12 and for two weeks only, individuals in the U.S. and Canada will be able to participate in the Give One Get One program and for US$399 get a laptop while giving one simultaneously to a child in a developing nation. For more information on the Give One Get One program, go to http://www.laptopgiving.org.