AT&T Wireless announced during the COMDEX Las Vegas 2003 the availability of EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution), a significant upgrade to its Next Generation wireless network. EDGE offers average data speeds between 100-130 kbps.
"EDGE gives customers a much-enhanced wireless experience, providing data speeds dramatically faster than 'so-called' 3G services offered by other wireless companies," said John Zeglis, Chairman and CEO of AT&T Wireless. "It boosts the efficiency of a business' work force by giving mobile employees fast and easy access to the same business applications they have in their office. EDGE speeds will make it simpler for people to be as productive when they are on the go as they are in their home or office.
"With EDGE, our customers now have access to the fastest national mobile wireless connections and advanced services in North America. That puts us way ahead of the wireless pack, and it gives business customers another compelling reason to be with AT&T Wireless."
AT&T Wireless said the combination of EDGE's fast data connections, enterprise offers, and unlimited data plan will give businesses a distinct advantage over their competitors.
EDGE service is now available nationally to customers located in areas served by the AT&T Wireless GSM/GPRS Next Generation network, covering approximately 215 million people, some 6,500 cities and towns and areas along more than 30,000 miles of major highways. The company is offering EDGE in Puerto Rico and Bermuda, and plans to deploy EDGE throughout its properties in the Caribbean in the near future. In addition, Rogers AT&T Wireless has added EDGE capability in the Greater Vancouver area and will deploy EDGE throughout its Canada-wide network beginning next year. The combined networks provide AT&T Wireless customers across North America with access to high-speed, multi-functional services when they travel.
AT&T Wireless also introduced the new Sony-Ericsson GC-82 modem card which provides average download connections of 100-130 kbps, with speed bursts of up to 200 kbps when used on the AT&T Wireless EDGE network. For customers traveling outside the EDGE coverage area, the modem operates at GPRS speeds offered by AT&T Wireless affiliates and roaming partners in the United States. Business customers signing up for a two-year contract can purchase the EDGE modem card for US$149.99, after rebate.
AT&T Wireless offers a variety of wireless data plans to meet the needs of today's customers. The company's unlimited data plan lets businesses with employees who are heavy data users take full advantage of the wireless data speeds of the EDGE network without worrying about connection costs. The unlimited data plan is priced at US$79.99 a month.
In addition to the wireless modem card, customers can use the Nokia 6200 EDGE phone for wireless laptop connectivity. In the next few months, customers will also have the option of purchasing additional EDGE phones, including the Motorola T725 and Nokia 3200 models. These phones offer some of the most advanced services and features available, including the ability to send and receive e-mail and fast access to AT&T Wireless' mMode entertainment and information services.