SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Cellular One today announced it will deliver the World Wide Web into the hands of consumers and mobile professionals with the introduction of easy-to-use wireless access to the Internet.
Wireless Web Access is now available in all of Cellular One's Southwest markets, via Web-enabled digital wireless phones that have built-in modems so customers can surf the Web, send and receive e-mail, get real-time stock market analysis and quotes, and set up customized personal "web" pages.
Cellular One will offer Wireless Web Access in Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande, Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff, Ariz.; Albuquerque and Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.
For just $9.95 a month -- in addition to their digital voice price plans -- Wireless Web Access customers also gain interactive wireless connectivity to Web-based content providers on demand, like providers of on-line travel information and reservations, real-time airline flight status reports, and door-to-door travel directions.
Wireless Web Access Microbrowser provides a lightning-quick connection to the Internet, at least five times faster than the standard landline modem. Wireless Web Access Microbrowser customers will also benefit from a wireless personal organizer, and access to more than 20 leading content providers, including:
• TheTrip.com - the on-line source for travel and flight reservations and real-time flight tracking, designed for mobile professionals and business travelers
• Bloomberg - the latest business news, stock quotes, financial data and company profiles from 75 news bureaus worldwide
• WhoWhere? - the leading Web directory with nearly 100 million listings
• AccuWeather - customized weather forecasts and updates from around the globe
"We're offering the mass consumer market a simple and inexpensive way of connecting to the Internet and e-mail wirelessly, using the same digital handset they use for wireless voice service," said Greg Klimek, president of Cellular One. "When you combine Wireless Web Access' ease of use, mobility and comprehensive content with the American appetite for e-mail and the Internet, it's clear why Cellular One expects this service to increase mainstream demand for wireless data services."
With 40 million mobile professionals in the U.S. requiring constant access to e-mail, corporate intranets and inventory, and various on-line services, wireless data is a market the Yankee Group predicts will grow from $1.8 billion this year to $13.2 billion by 2003.
Cellular One customers can sign on for Wireless Web Access for just $9.95 a month on top of their digital airtime monthly access charge. Cellular One offers digital rate plans starting at just $19.99 monthly access. Customers will simply share the monthly bundle of access minutes between their voice and data service. Unlike some competitors' offers, which penalize customers for combining voice and data usage by offering smaller minute bundles than their voice-only customers get, Cellular One makes it easy by offering one set of plans that cater to both voice and data usage.
Equipped with a Qualcomm 860 digital phone featuring a built-in microbrowser, customers can access Internet sites that have been specially formatted for wireless phone screens. The phone is available for $119.99, and the company also offers additional Web-enabled phones, including the Qualcomm PDQ 800, which has a built-in personal digital assistant.
For customers who prefer to use a laptop for full Web browsing complete with color and graphics, a connection kit for $79.99 provides a data cable to connect the phone to a notebook computer with a full-size screen.
One of the great benefits of Wireless Web Access is the personal organizer, which provides customers with a personal "web" page to update their calendar, address book/contact lists, and bookmarks either from the Web or their wireless phone.
Cellular One is a leader in offering wireless data solutions over its wireless packet network, including wireless credit card verification and point-of-sale applications, remote meter reading, access to criminal databases from laptops in police cars, wireless mugshots and wireless Automated Teller Machines. Cellular One in the Southwest region -- and its parent company, Bell Atlantic Mobile -- have close to 200,000 customers using wireless data. Both companies offer the option of flat-rate wireless access to the Internet from laptops, PDAs and Windows CE devices.
"We have years of experience in the implementation and management of commercial IP networks," Klimek said. "Most other carriers are just getting their feet wet when offering wireless data services. No other company in the Southwest offers multiple data networks to meet customer needs."
To sign up for Wireless Web Access or other wireless data offerings, customers can call 1-888-CEL-DATA or visit a Cellular One Communications Store.
Southwestco Wireless, L.P. is a separate subsidiary of Bell Atlantic Mobile, one of the largest wireless service providers in the United States. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Southwestco markets under the Cellular One name and provides a full range of wireless services from voice and cellular long distance to messaging and data. The company offers N-AMPS analog cellular service and 13 kilobit CDMA digital service, with cellular Caller ID, Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) and PCSNow®, a zoned cellular solution. Southwestco provides Cellular One service to Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Miami, Globe, Prescott, Payson, Sierra Vista, Sells and Nogales, Ariz.; Albuquerque and Las Cruses, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.