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Cingular Lauches 3G Network in Cleveland

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Fri, 29 Sep 2006 12:50:32 -0500

BroadbandConnect service offers ultra-fast connections

CLEVELAND, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland residents can now take
advantage of Cingular's super-charged wireless network which is
capable of providing customers with high-speed access to information
in a world that has gone mobile. Customers can use the
third-generation (3G) network to access Cingular BroadbandConnect,
which is available to nearly 35 million people in 52 communities
throughout the United States.

"Make no mistake about it: Wireless users want the speed and services
they've come to expect from their wired connections. And today
Cingular is delivering on its promises to provide both the speed and
reliability to our Ohio customers," says Dori Marks, Vice
President/General Manager for Ohio.

Cingular's 3G network is the first widely available service in the
world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access)
technology. HSDPA is the high-speed evolution of GSM/EDGE (Global
System for Mobile Communication/Enhanced Data Rates for Global
Evolution), which shares a common core network. GSM is the world's
most popular wireless technology, which is used by more than one
billion people in 210 countries.

In addition to the BroadbandConnect service, 3G phones allow Cingular
to provide Cingular Video. Cingular Video(TM) on-demand streaming
video service offers a comprehensive library of mobile video content
with personalized access to razor-sharp clips on Cingular 3G phones
through Cingular's high- speed 3G wireless network. 3G phones like the
LG CU 500 are now available in Cleveland for $99.99 after a $50
mail-in rebate card and a two-year service agreement.

In 2005, Cingular initially launched the BroadbandConnect service in
Austin (TX.), Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas,
Phoenix, Portland (OR.), Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San
Jose (CA.), Seattle, Tacoma (Wash.) and Washington D.C.

"We're giving customers the ability to securely access information and
applications at broadband speeds in the office, on the road or at
home. With our 3G service, almost any spot in a city is a hot spot,"
said Marks. "BroadbandConnect complements our national high-speed EDGE
data service, offering customers the flexibility and ubiquity required
to be more productive as the world continues to go wireless."

Cingular BroadbandConnect is a super-charged enhancement to the
company's nationwide EDGE network, the nation's largest wireless
high-speed data network. When coupled with a compatible device and
service plan, the service provides average mobile data connections
between 400-700Kbps (kilobits per second) on the downlink and bursts
to more than a megabit per second.

BroadbandConnect combines a laptop modem card, Cingular's
Communication Manager software and a Data Connect plan for use on
laptops. Customers can use their laptops to access the Internet or
e-mail, download large files and attachments, and run corporate
business applications at broadband speeds in areas covered by
BroadbandConnect. The service also offers additional security features
compared to alternative wireless technologies. Additional devices and
exclusive services that take advantage of the high-speed HSDPA
network, such as transmitting full motion video and providing
ultra-fast audio, are currently available.

Unlike services offered by some wireless companies, BroadbandConnect
stays connected when the user is outside the coverage area. The laptop
modem cards are dual-band HSDPA/UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone
System) (850/1900Mhz) and backward compatible with EDGE (Enhanced Data
Rates for Global Evolution) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) in
four bands (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), so the session transfers to
Cingular's nationwide EDGE network or a data network of one of our
roaming partners.

The Cingular EDGE network is available in more than 13,000 cities and
towns and in areas along 40,000 miles of highways, providing average
data speeds between 70-135Kbps. Cingular customers can also access
data services in more than 90 countries.

Customers can purchase either a Sierra Wireless AC860 or Option GT Max
laptop modem card for $99.99, after rebate card, when they sign up for
a qualifying voice plan and introductory two-year $59.99/month
Unlimited Data Connect plan. A variety of monthly data plans are
available starting at $19.99 for 5 MB.

An updated version of Cingular Communication Manager is included with
the laptop modem cards. The software gives customers the flexibility
to connect to BroadbandConnect, EDGE, GPRS or public and private Wi-Fi

BroadbandConnect uses HSDPA/UMTS technology -- the global standard and
natural 3G evolutionary path for GSM providers. Wireless carriers
offering UMTS, EDGE or GPRS can upgrade their networks to HSDPA and be
assured there is a continued evolutionary path to faster speeds and
more advanced services.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United
States, serving 57.3 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture
between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corporation , has the largest digital
voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) network -- and
the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless
carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless
technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in
the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access)
technology. 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

Cingular Wireless

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