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Cingular Wireless is offering a device that helps route mobile calls to landlines
Posted on 11-Sep-2003 07:37 | Tags Filed under: News

Cingular Wireless and its parent companies SBC Communications and BellSouth introduced FastForward – one of the wireless industry’s first devices to marry the convenience of wireless service with the value of a wireline phone. The
patented FastForward device – which works exclusively with Cingular Wireless service – will be available beginning 1st October.

This unique device – designed as a cradle to hold a wireless phone – simply plugs into an electrical outlet. When the Cingular Wireless phone is “cradled,” calls to the wireless phone are forwarded to a designated landline phone, while the wireless phone’s battery is automatically re-charged. Cingular customers with a FastForward device can get unlimited incoming wireless calls (minutes) forwarded to their landline phone in the local calling area – without the minutes counting against their monthly wireless calling plan for just $2.99 per month plus the cost of the device. The service is free to SBC residential local phone company customers who receive a single bill for Cingular wireless and landline services, and BellSouth customers who sign up for a combined bill and two other features.

Simply add the landline number to the wireless phone’s address book and insert your wireless phone into the FastForward cradle. An indicator light illuminates on the cradle, showing the forwarding service is active. Now, calls that would have gone to your wireless phone will ring the designated landline telephone. To deactivate, just press the CANCEL button
on the front of the device and remove the wireless phone from the cradle.

The new FastForward device can be purchased as a stand-alone item at all Cingular Wireless retail locations for US$39.99. Customers also need to add unlimited call forwarding to their Cingular Wireless service calling plan for a charge of up to U$2.99 a month to not have minutes count against their wireless calling plan.

Initially, the FastForward device will be compatible with select Nokia and Motorola wireless phone models. Additional FastForward-compatible wireless phones, including Sony Ericsson and Siemens, should be available as early as 1st November.

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