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 January 08, 2001
Siemens Mobile Phones and Cingular Wireless Agreement

 Siemens Information and Communication Mobile and Cingular Wireless today signed a memorandum of understanding for Cingular to provide service for the S40 global phone from Siemens.

Cingular Wireless is the first U.S. carrier to market the S40, which will be introduced in March.

The S40 is a triple band Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) mobile phone with Internet access functionality using Wireless Access Protocol (WAP). It is the first triple band phone to be launched by Siemens, and is a true global companion with exceptional performance, high-end functionality and a stunning design that includes a galvanized silver face, a blue illuminated display and a transparent blue housing.

The S40 is capable of high-speed Web browsing using WAP 1.1, enabling easy access to graphic-intensive Internet content or fast download of information on demand. It is also equipped to handle file transfers and synchronization of Microsoft Outlook(TM) calendar, address book and notes.

"Siemens is extremely pleased to begin a relationship with Cingular Wireless to provide cutting-edge phones for their customers," said Florian Seiche, vice president and general manager of Siemens Mobile Phones, USA Region. "We believe that this agreement marks an historic first step for Siemens in the United States, and we look forward to working with Cingular in the future."

"The S40 phone gives the Cingular customer all the benefits of wireless communication, including voice and data capabilities - combined with its ability to work globally on GSM networks," said Frank Boyer, vice president of supply chain management and wholesale services.

Features and Benefits

Weighing only 3.4 ounces, the S40 is one of the smallest and lightest mobile phones in its class. The thin Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery lasts for up to 260 hours, with a talk time of up to 360 minutes. The phone comes with a travel charger, data cable and lithium-Ion battery. A wide range of accessories including a desktop charger, car charger, car kit, hands-free headset and several carrying cases are all available for purchase.

Additional key features include:

- triple band GSM at 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz
- voice and conversation memo functionality of up to 5 minutes
- fully featured address book
- ability to store up to 1,000 phone numbers
- T9(TM) keystroke recognition technology that predicts words being typed
- time/date/alarm
- calculator
- IrDA wireless connection to PCs
- large graphic gray scale display
- integrated data and fax modem
- integrated antenna
- integrated silent alert

Availability

The S40 mobile phone will be available in the first quarter of 2001. Additional carriers will be announced at a later date.