Cingular unveils GlobalConnect international data roaming plans for wireless broadband

February 13, 2006

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Whether sending a business proposal from arestaurant on the Costa del Garraf in Barcelona or accessing the company website whilewatching surfers “hang ten” along the San Diego coast, Cingular customers will soon be the firstin the world to use a single PC modem card to receive some of the fastest wireless broadbandconnections worldwide.

Next month, Cingular will begin offering customers a one-stop shopping experience for globalwireless broadband service. Cingular GlobalConnect features unlimited domestic data usage onthe company’s BroadbandConnect and EDGE networks in the United States and 100MB ofwireless data usage on networks throughout Asia and Europe. The company will also providecustomers with a single LaptopConnect card that connects to multiple wireless data networks in95 countries. One device. One rate plan. Global coverage.

Cingular GlobalConnect will feature the Option GlobeTrotter GT MAX LaptopConnect card – theFIRST, commercially available global 3G device of its kind. The card is a tri-band(850/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA (Universal Mobile Telephone System/High SpeedDownlink Packet Access) device that has a unique retractable antenna design, making it theworld's first UMTS/HSDPA data card that doesn’t need to be removed from the notebookcomputer during transport. The card uses Cingular’s Communication Manager to accessHSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS cellular networks and public/private Wi-Fi networks.

Cingular GlobalConnect will offer two international wireless data usage plans – a North Americanplan ($109.99 for 100MB) for travel within Canada and Mexico, and an Overseas ($139.99 for100MB) plan – both include unlimited data usage on Cingular’s domestic data networks. Theseplans will give mobile professionals unprecedented ability to use their laptops to accessapplications, e-mail and perform other tasks while traveling within the U.S. and abroad. TheOverseas plan will provide access in more than two dozen countries, with service planned to beoffered in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan,Mexico, Singapore, Spain and other major areas in Asia and Europe. With 45 countries currentlyoffering UMTS service, Cingular expects to provide 3G data roaming capability in additionalcountries throughout the year.

“The need for broadband connections continues to move from our offices and living rooms toalmost anywhere in the world,” said Kris Rinne, chief technology officer for Cingular Wireless.“As more GSM carriers upgrade to UMTS and HSDPA, we see ourselves becoming the travelagents for 3G worldwide.”

“We are delighted to offer Cingular’s customers in the US and overseas this truly innovativeproduct. In today’s world where global travel is now the norm, mobile professionals demandinstant and speedy access to their corporate applications and information, any time; anywhere,”said Jan Callewaert, chief executive officer for Option. “The unveiling of the GT MAX todayfurther demonstrates Option’s leading market position in both ergonomic design and wirelessdata technology.”

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