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To: cfoe who wrote (24783)8/8/2002 1:37:08 PM
From: cfoe
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Well it looks like my one of the sales people at my local Sprint store turned out to be the most accurate source for when Sprint would launch the new 1X network.

From: Message 17766109

When I pressed him a little more and he said he guessed the first week of August.

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To: Ramsey Su who started this subject8/8/2002 2:08:43 PM
From: Cooters
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Sprint unveils mobile Internet, spurring U.S. market

biz.yahoo.com

DALLAS/NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Sprint PCS Group (NYSE:PCS - News) on Thursday said it will offer customers nationwide the ability to easily check e-mail and surf the Web from their mobile telephones, in what analysts consider this year's watershed event for the slow-changing U.S. wireless industry.


The introduction of coast-to-coast service by Sprint PCS, the fourth-largest U.S. mobile service provider, together with a range of new phones and competitively priced services, is seen as the big-bang event to jump start competition. Rivals, all of whom already offer limited versions of the mobile Internet, are set to respond with their own innovative, low- priced services.

In contrast to previous data communications services, which were slow and had limited features, the new networks promise Web connections at speeds similar to or faster than dialing up over standard telephone lines, as most Internet users now do. Sprint's service will allow customers to swap photos and download fast-paced games and eventually to watch video.

Describing the launch as the biggest thing since it first introduced digital mobile phone service in the mid-1990s, Sprint President Charles Levine said he hopes the service will make up for Sprint's dismal subscriber numbers last quarter.

"(Last quarter) humbled us. I don't really like being humbled," Levine told Reuters in an interview Thursday. "This will allow us to regain our competitive advantage and regain the lead that we've had" in attracting new subscribers.

Sprint PCS' launch of its new service, called PCS Vision, is considered by analysts to mark a major dividing point for the U.S. wireless industry, which lags behind Europe, Japan and South Korea. Competitors are racing to complete their own networks by year-end, creating a spirited rivalry for U.S. consumers ears -- and eyes -- with sleek new devices and innovative services.

In South Korea, the first country to launch the more advanced mobile services, 13 million of the nation's 30 million mobile users have converted to the faster phones since 2001. Some 1.6 million users have signed up so far in Japan. But Europeans have so far been slow to adopt similar new services.

Wireless operators are hoping demand for high-speed wireless data will be the next catalyst for growth in an industry in which voice-calling alone has run out of steam.

Analysts said Sprint PCS appeared to be making a good start with its wireless data offering, but added it was too early to predict its success, given the mixed record overseas.

"If it's really successful, it really does set the stage for Sprint PCS to gain meaningful market share," said Thomas Lee, an analyst with brokerage J.P. Morgan. "We're going to have to reserve real judgment until we actually see the consumer response."

Following the long-expected news, Sprint PCS shares rose 5 cents to $3.89 on the New York Stock Exchange by midday.

Sprint PCS, a unit of U.S. local and long distance phone service provider Sprint Corp.(NYSE:FON - News), said consumers on its new network can expect average data speeds of 50 kilobits to 70 kilobits per second -- the equivalent of Internet dial-up over phone lines. It has a peak speed of up to 144 kilobits per second.

PCS Vision will initially give customers the ability to take and send pictures, download games and ring-tones, send short text messages to friends or colleagues and surf popular Web sites like ESPN.com, Google and Amazon.com.

Customers who purchase a wireless access computer card will be able to surf the Web and check e-mail on their laptops or handheld PCs. Corporate customers can access applications like Microsoft Outlook scheduling software and Lotus Notes e-mail through cell phones, laptops and personal digital assistants.

Sprint PCS is introducing new service plans that cost between $49.99 to $119.99 that includes voice minutes and megabytes for data use. An introductory plan for $89.99 a month includes 2,000 voice minutes to use any time and two megabytes of data -- enough to send 100 e-mails, 100 instant messages and check out 100 Web sites according to the company.

Laptop computer users can sign up for monthly plans ranging from $49.99 to $119.99 for 20 megabytes to 120 megabytes of data. Unlimited access to data will run $49.99 for the first three months and $99.99 for the rest of the contract term.

"I suspect this is their first shot at what their price plans are going to be," said William Benton, wireless analyst with William Blair & Co., adding that Sprint may cut its prices, depending on rivals' responses and customer demand.

Sprint PCS is introducing the service with four mobile phone models with color screens, two wireless access PC add-on cards and a camera attachment. Prices range from $180 to $500 -- the widest selection of devices and offer the widest selection yet of phones and other devices compared with rivals. New phones are supplied by South Korea's Samsung (KSE:05930.KS - News) and LG Electronics (KSE:64010.KS - News), Japan's Sanyo (Tokyo:6764.T - News) and Handspring (NasdaqNM:HAND - News), a U.S. maker of Palm-based handheld computers.

It expects to launch three more phones, as well as another wireless access card, over the next few weeks.

"The different number of phones will be the key to their success," said Herschel Shosteck, chairman of Washington-area based wireless consulting firm the Shosteck Group.

Sprint's service relies on technology from Qualcomm Inc. (NasdaqNM:QCOM - News) known as Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless technology, the dominant standard in the United States. The advanced version is known by the mouthful CDMA2000 1X.

The nation's largest operator Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ - News; London:VOD.L - News), which is currently rolling out its advanced network, was the first national operator to launch CDMA2000 1X, which it refers to by the easier-to-understand name Express Network.

Cingular Wireless (NYSE:BLS - News; NYSE:SBC - News) and AT&T Wireless Services Inc. (NYSE:AWE - News), the No. 2 and No. 3 wireless operators, are upgrading their phone networks to a slightly slower next- generation system based on the world's dominant wireless technology, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).

-- With additional reporting by Eric Auchard in New York

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To: Ramsey Su who wrote (25299)8/8/2002 2:09:54 PM
From: kech
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Oooh - midwest folks with cornbrains. Dem is fightin words. I may have to SU yU for that! How about that Vesper gettin into trouble in Brazil? (Had to say something related to Qualcomm or SU would have grounds to SU me).

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To: kech who wrote (25354)8/8/2002 2:39:43 PM
From: Quincy
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"Dem is fightin words"

Your experience with Sprint Customer Manglement must be different from mine.

Sprint is choosing its definition of "nationwide" to be limited to metro areas larger than 100K population.

It is the smaller communities who still don't have cablemodem and DSL service for 300 miles in all directions.

Still waiting.

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To: kech who wrote (25354)8/8/2002 2:41:51 PM
From: Jon Koplik
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Re : "Vesper gettin' into trouble in Brazil ?" -- I think the U.S. and the IMF have started "dropping money from helicopters" (my choice of words) (not from an IMF news release) ...

into Brazil.

So, Vesper should have a chance to thrive.

Jon.

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To: Randall Knight who wrote (25349)8/8/2002 5:46:55 PM
From: Cooters
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Some misc. pricing for PCS Vision -

- While not on the main Vision guide, there is an extra sheet with what appears to be great pricing. I think these are limited time offers to push the 3G services, because they are much cheaper than either current rates or the new rates in the main guide.

2000 Anytime minutes
All regular Sprint features; Nationwide, LD, etc.
2Mb data
Two accounts. Share the minutes, each gets 2Mb.

$99.99

2500 Anytime minutes
Same as above

$119.99

You can add $10/month to each for an extra 2000 Night/Weekend.

For high volume modem-type users, the best plan is $89.99 for 70Mb, or 120Mb for 129.99. These are data only.
However, some Sprint reps are telling biz customers that a $99.99 all-you-can-eat is coming for data only.

Also, the camera attachment is VGA, so the pictures are only 50k files(about). For the standard 2Mb included in the smaller plans, that's 40 photo transmissions/month. For the 8Mb plans, which are $10 more, that's 160 photo transmissions/month.

FWIW,
Cooters

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To: Ramsey Su who started this subject8/8/2002 5:54:57 PM
From: Neeka
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The Box Opens For Sprint's PCS Vision; Pricing, Enterprise Sales Will Be Critical

By Staff

August 8, 2002

news@2 direct

Putting details to one of the worst-kept wireless secrets in recent memory, Sprint PCS today formally unveiled aggressive pricing and other elements of its launch plans for PCS Vision, its 1XRTT-based high-speed mobile wireless offering.

Details leaked extensively in recent days largely were accurate: Sprint is launching the new service and related hardware through retail and business channels beginning next week; the launch covers Sprint PCS's entire digital footprint; PCS Vision will provide average user data speeds of 50-70 kilobits per second; and initial 3G handsets offered with the program will include PDA-phone devices such as the CDMA version of Handspring's Treo, a Pocket PC platform handheld from Toshiba, plus digital camera accessories for several of the other new phone models that will be available from Sanyo, Samsung, Hitachi and LG.

What observers say will be the most critical elements to PCS Vision's success against rival next-gen services that have been available for some time - Verizon Wireless' 1X Express Network and T-Mobile's GPRS network - are its pricing and Sprint's self-described push to become the dominant wireless data provider to the enterprise.

Besides the massive suite of new phones, applications and pricing options surrounding PCS Vision, Sprint has realigned its enterprise efforts to provide a more centralized and standardized way for business customers to buy wireless services and applications.

The carrier also says it will be working with IT-oriented partners including IBM, H-P, Accenture, Ingram Micro and PwC Consulting to push sales in the enterprise.

Analysts say PCS Vision pricing also is a make or break element of the plan. Sprint initially is offering the service as a bundle of voice and data ranging from $44.99 to $119.99 per month, including varying amounts of voice minutes and varying blocks of megabytes for data usage. More importantly, Sprint will try to seed the market by offering cut-rate introductory plans with greater than usual buckets of voice minutes plus two MB of data thrown in.

Mark Lowenstein, managing director of the consulting firm Mobile Ecosystem and a columnist for Wireless Week, notes that Sprint is being aggressive in offering incentives to spark Vision adoption, with PC card Vision customers users paying only about $1.50 to $2.00 per megabyte versus the current industry average of about $5-10. He also points to the importance of having a plethora of color-screen devices, noting that in 3G-experienced South Korea color devices accounted for more than 80 percent of all phones sold last year.

'Sprint's marketing plan for wireless data is the most aggressive in the industry,' Lowenstein says. 'A rising tide should lift all boats, and we should see the most newsworthy fourth quarter in wireless in some time.'

In today's announcements Sprint PCS also noted the work of several key infrastructure vendors it said provided network equipment and technology support for its migration to 1X: Bytemobile, CommWorks, H-P, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Qualcomm and Samsung.

For more details on Sprint PCS's announcements surrounding PCS Vision, go to:
www2.sprint.com



wirelessweek.com

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To: Ramsey Su who started this subject8/8/2002 6:00:11 PM
From: foundation
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Vodafone warns of 3G services delay


Financial Times
Published: August 8 2002 21:57 | Last Updated: August 8 2002 21:57

Vodafone has said it will not sell any 3G mobile phones outside of Japan this year given a shortage of suitable handsets.

The decision, which analysts interpreted as a delay by the mobile operator, means Vodafone will not begin actively marketing 3G services in Europe until well into next year.

Vodafone had previously said it would launch 3G services in the UK, Germany and Spain in the second half of the current year.

The announcement was seen as another warning that revenues from 3G services will be further delayed by technical problems and handset shortages. It follows revelations that Hutchison 3G, the 3G-only-operator majority owned by Hutchison Whampoa, had been experiencing technical problems with its 3G trials.

Hutchison admitted that some of its users could experience "dropped calls" where they roamed from its 3G network to the 2G networks of its partner operators. Vodafone, along with most other mobile operators, is understood to have experienced similar problems with its trials.

Analysts said handset shortages and technical problems were having an impact on infrastructure spending. Operators were seeking to minimise the financial outlay on 3G infrastructure until they were confident they could widely market the services. But they said operators with strong 2G businesses were better positioned to weather the delays.

"Delays in handset supplies are hurting the new entrants hardest as they don't have any alternatives," said Simon Weeden, analyst at Goldman Sachs.

The problems are likely to focus attention on Hutchison 3G which has committed to having "paying 3G customers" in the UK and Italy before the end of the year.

It reaffirmed this commitment yesterday saying it was confident it would receive delivery of 3G handsets this year.

The pressure on operators was highlighted this week when Orange in Sweden asked local regulators for a relaxation of stringent network roll-out requirements.

This plea was yesterday supported by rival operators.

Tele2 and Vodafone, the second and third largest mobile operators in Sweden, said they would support Orange's attempt to have the conditions for the 3G licence renegotiated.

However they were not planning to put in applications of their own. They said they hoped Orange's application would open up a debate on the issue of 3G network costs.

news.ft.com

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To: Ramsey Su who started this subject8/8/2002 6:17:13 PM
From: Cooters
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INTERVIEW-Sprint PCS counts on mobile data to rev up growth

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NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Sprint PCS Group's (NYSE:PCS - News) $1.4 billion network upgrade will allow the No. 4 ranked wireless company to regain momentum in the bitterly competitive U.S. telecoms market, President Charles Levine said on Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT




"It gives us a competitive advantage that we haven't had in a while," Levine said in an interview with Reuters.

Sprint unveiled on Thursday its long-awaited plans to offer customers the ability to easily check e-mail and surf the Web from their mobile phones, a move analysts said was likely to fire up a competitive battle in the U.S. wireless market.

Describing the service as the biggest event since the company launched digital mobile services in the mid-1990s, Levine said the launch should make up for the company's dismal subscriber additions in the last quarter.

"(Last quarter) humbled us. I don't really like being humbled. This will allow us to regain our competitive advantage and regain the lead that we've had," Levine said.

He said Sprint PCS's national push into mobile Internet services also promises to shore up its parent company, Sprint Corp. <FON.N, the No. 3 supplier of long-distance services in the U.S., a market beset by brutal price competition and bankruptcies.

Aside from the gee-whiz features like photo-swapping and mobile e-mail, Levine said the network investment will result in crucial improvements to its voice services by doubling the amount of calling capacity.

"We took a $10 billion plus network and for $1.4 billion we doubled its capacity," he said. "It was an enormous investment on one hand. But one of the things it allowed us to do was get twice as much voice capacity."

But Levine cautioned that customers using traditional phones would not benefit from the greater capacity until a significant portion of them switch over to the advanced phones, which take advantage of the more efficient network.

"The more people who buy the new high-speed phones, the better the service will be for existing customers," he said.

GADGETS AND COVERAGE

Sprint is the last of the top four U.S. mobile service providers to offer fast mobile data, but Levine claims it is in a better position than its rivals due to geographic coverage and the array of devices it has to offer.

Levine also said that Sprint is kicking off its service with a greater number of available phones for purchase than any of its competitors. Rivals Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ - News; London:VOD.L - News), Cingular (NYSE:BLS - News; NYSE:SBC - News) and AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE - News) have introduced high-speed data services on parts of their networks but with fewer phones to start.

In addition, he said the company plans to use its $3 billion 2003 capital spending budget to continue beefing up its data network speed.

Sprint is working on a more advanced upgrade that would increase its network speed to transmit millions of bits of data per second to and from each mobile phone. This development will take about two years and should result in higher speed services in 2004/2005, Levine said.

WHAT PRICE SUCCESS?

While the company is offering access to unlimited amounts of e-mail and Internet data for a set price, this is an introductory offer and pricing is likely to increase depending on how many customers sign up.

"If I've got an additional million customers nicely spread out across the U.S., its okay. If all of them are in Manhattan I've got a big problem," he said, referring to the potential need to add expensive network gear in hot spots.

Sprint has not said how many customers it expects to use the new service. But Levine said that the 1999 introduction of a slower-speed Internet access service could be instructive. In that case, more than 10 percent of its subscribers used data on their phones after one year, a rate he hopes to improve upon.

"I think it will be way more than 10 percent, and I would like it to be more than 20," by the end of 2003, he said. "But we'll wait and see how customers respond."

The company counted 14.6 million customers as of June.

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To: Cooters who wrote (25360)8/8/2002 7:04:45 PM
From: limtex
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Coots Sprint is the last of the top four U.S. mobile service providers to offer fast mobile data, but Levine claims it is in a better position than its rivals due to geographic coverage and the array of devices it has to offer

Well we know about VZ but who are the otehr tow with fast mobile data?

Best,

L

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