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Jason Dunn
09-15-2003, 07:37 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2003/sep03/09-15ATTMPX200PR.asp' target='_blank'>http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2003/sep03/09-15ATTMPX200PR.asp</a><br /><br /></div>"Building on their strategic alliance, AT&amp;T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), together with Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), will offer the first GSM™/GPRS-compatible Windows Mobile™-based Smartphone for the North American market — the Motorola MPx200. The new Motorola MPx200 is expected to be available from AT&amp;T Wireless in the fourth quarter of this year.<br /><br />Utilizing Microsoft® Windows Mobile software, the new Motorola MPx200 phone will allow AT&amp;T Wireless customers to take the functionality and familiarity of Microsoft Office and Outlook® features with them while on the move. With the latest in Personal Information Management (PIM) functionality, phone users can easily synchronize and access Outlook contacts, inbox, calendar and tasks. In addition, businesses looking for a scalable and secure means of accessing information behind corporate firewalls will be able to take advantage of AT&amp;T Wireless' unique over-the-air provisioning solution to simplify and minimize implementation efforts of corporate information technology departments. The phone also supports Web browsing using Pocket Internet Explorer and fully integrates MSN® Messenger service for a robust instant messaging experience. The Motorola MPx200 also will have "one-click" access to AT&amp;T Wireless' popular mModeSM service to connect customers to the latest in news, weather, sports, gaming, messaging services and more.<!><br /><br />"Together with Microsoft and Motorola, we are taking the next leap forward in unwiring the corporate office," said Andre Dahan, president of AT&amp;T Wireless Mobile Multimedia Services. "The Motorola MPx200 is an ideal device for mobile professionals looking for a wireless extension of their workplace — and for consumers looking for the ultimate in multimedia functionality. This cutting-edge device provides us with the flexibility to meet the needs of both mobile professionals and businesses looking for a simple, secure and scalable solution to meet the growing needs of the enterprise market in today's mobile economy." <br /><br />"Today's busy professionals are demanding more from their wireless experience and looking for the right combination of reliability and synchronization that can keep them connected and entertained while mobile," said Pieter Knook, corporate vice president of mobile and embedded devices at Microsoft. "The new Motorola MPx200 delivers a long-awaited mobile phone experience, combining the powerful and familiar Windows Mobile software with AT&amp;T Wireless' advanced GSM/GPRS services and the trusted quality of a Motorola handset."<br /><br />"We are dedicated to bringing dynamic solutions to market that enhance our customers' offerings and benefit consumers who desire advanced mobile tools — the new Motorola MPx200 is a shining example of this commitment," said Tom Lynch, president of PCS at Motorola Inc. "By extending the reach, access and connectivity of the traditional office, the new Motorola MPx200 combined with Microsoft Windows Mobile functionality and advanced multimedia and communication features allows users a familiar way to control and simplify their lives."<br /><br />Mobile Moments for Work and Play <br /><br />In addition to the phone's productivity features, the Motorola MPx200 handset is designed for entertainment with a large color screen and intuitive keypad. Utilizing the phone's rich polyphonic speaker and Windows Media® player application, consumers can listen to Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MP3 music files. With up to 1 gigabyte of expandable memory via memory disk, the handset can store and play an extensive library of music, games and mobile video files. <br /><br />For as little as $2.99 a month plus usage charges, AT&amp;T Wireless customers can add mMode and get dozens of ways to stay connected to the people and things they care about. With mMode they can check the latest news or sports scores, send e-mail messages to friends, get driving directions to places of interest, purchase music or play a Kung Fu game, among many other possibilities. The Motorola MPx200 is expected to be available nationally through AT&amp;T Wireless retail and business sales channels in the fourth quarter. Additional details about pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. Customers or businesses interested in preordering the MPx200 should visit <a href="http://www.attwireless.com/mpx200">http://www.attwireless.com/mpx200</a> for more information. High-resolution digital images are available for members of the media at <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/presscenter/">http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/presscenter/</a>.<br /><br />About AT&amp;T Wireless<br /><br />AT&amp;T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on revenues, in the United States. With 21.49 million subscribers as of June 30, 2003, and revenues of more than $16.2 billion over the past four quarters, AT&amp;T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit us at <a href="http://www.attwireless.com/">http://www.attwireless.com/</a>. <br /><br />About Motorola<br /><br />Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit: <a href="http://www.motorola.com/">http://www.motorola.com/</a>.<br /><br />About Microsoft <br /><br />Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — <br />any time, any place and on any device.<br /><br />This press release contains "forward-looking statements" which are based on management's beliefs as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made by management with information that is currently available to management. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, management's expectations regarding: our future financial and operating performance and financial condition, including the company's outlook for the fiscal year 2003 and subsequent periods; subscriber growth; industry conditions; the strength of our balance sheet; our liquidity and needs for additional financing; and our ability to generate positive free cash flow. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside AT&amp;T Wireless' control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Without limitation these factors include: the risks associated with the implementation of our technology migration strategy, our ability to continue to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of our distribution channels, the potential competitive impacts of industry consolidation or alternative technologies, potential impacts on revenue and ARPU from competitive pricing and slowing penetration in the wireless industry, the effects of vigorous competition in the markets in which we operate, the risk of decreased consumer spending due to softening economic conditions, acts of terrorism, and consumer response to new service offerings. 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