More than 1,000 Kinko’s locations nationwide plan to offer the T-Mobile HotSpot service, with rollout starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
Currently available in more than 2,300 convenient brand-name locations across the country, the T-Mobile HotSpot service provides customers with wireless broadband connectivity to the Internet andcorporate intranets via Wi-Fi enabled laptops and PDAs.
Through the agreement, Kinko’s and T-Mobile will add a service that caters to the needs of one of Kinko’s core customers â€“ mobile professionals. These customers regularly turn to the Kinko’s networkof digitally connected locations for their presentation needs and a variety of other services.
The installation of T-Mobile HotSpots â€“ which keeps customers connected while outside the home or office â€“ will enable Kinko’s to increasingly be more convenient for its customers. Kinko’s customerswill soon be able to easily connect to the T-Mobile HotSpot service to access their corporate e-mail and mission-critical data, as well as have their documents and presentations printed and preparedfor them when and where they need them.
â€œKinko’s is known for making technology fast, easy and accessible â€“ Our customers count on it. T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi leadership makes them the perfect match as we expand into a new area to meet customerneeds,â€ said Dan Connors, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Kinko’s. â€œThanks to the addition of T-Mobile HotSpot service at Kinko’s locations nationwide, Kinko’s will soon offer a newway for our customers to tap into the power of our own network of locations, experts and business services. Availability of T-Mobile HotSpots at Kinko’s will make it easy for mobile professionals toaccess their corporate network, check their e-mail and even wirelessly print documents from anywhere inside our stores.â€
â€œThe addition of Kinko’s to T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi network represents a landmark achievement for T-Mobile and for our industry,â€ said Joe Sims, vice president and general manager of T-Mobile HotSpot. â€œWiththe addition of Kinko’s, T-Mobile HotSpot service expands to yet another convenient location where mobile professionals already are and want to be. This agreement with Kinko’s represents a criticalelement in building our T-Mobile HotSpot foundation and in preparing T-Mobile HotSpot for future success and industry leadership.â€