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AT&T Wireless Edge Goes International

From the company’s press release:

AT&T Wireless today begins offering customers the ability to receive high-speed wireless data connections throughout the United States and internationally, as it begins offering a tri-band EDGE/GPRS PC Modem Card for laptops.

The new Sony Ericsson GC-83 EDGE/GPRS PC Modem Card (850/1800/1900Mhz) gives customers the ability to use one device to access either high-speed EDGE or GPRS wireless data connections in the United States and in many countries across the world. EDGE high-speed wireless data connections are now available in areas of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and several other countries. When traveling in areas where EDGE has not yet been enabled, the modem operates at GPRS speeds in more than 50 countries.

“We’ve expanded the reach of our services and are giving our customers the ability to access information wirelessly at some of the fastest speeds available,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless. “AT&T Wireless is pleased to be the only U.S. carrier to offer multinational companies and business travelers a single device that delivers the power of EDGE, the fastest national wireless data network, and the flexibility to be connected to essential business applications even when traveling abroad.”

AT&T Wireless EDGE service is available across the United States in more than 7,500 cities and towns and in areas along more than 30,000 miles of highways. Customers can expect to receive average data speeds between 100-130kbps, with bursts to 200kbps, when using the modem card and a laptop. In addition to the wireless modem card, AT&T Wireless has several EDGE handsets available that can also be used as modems for wireless connections. According to 3G Americas, a wireless industry organization, more than 60 wireless carriers worldwide are expected to deploy EDGE networks in the near future.

AT&T Wireless also provides voice service when traveling in more than 140 countries and the ability to text message from and between some 75 countries. Prior to traveling overseas, customers can check on coverage and other items by accessing the AT&T Wireless Travel Guide at www.attwireless.com/international/travelguide.

Customers can receive a free Sony Ericsson GC-83 modem, after rebate, valued at $249.99 when they sign a two-year agreement on the AT&T Wireless Unlimited Mobile Internet $79.99 Data Plan. For more information and complete details on AT&T Wireless EDGE services, customers can call 1 888 DATA 288, visit an AT&T Wireless store, or click www.attwireless.com/speed.

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