MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) and
Cingular announced that Cingular, the largest wireless carrier in the US,
will be Apple's exclusive US carrier partner for Apple's revolutionary
iPhone unveiled today. As part of this multi-year partnership, Apple and
Cingular are working together to provide innovative new features to mobile
phone users, such as iPhone's pioneering and unique Visual Voicemail, a
first on any mobile phone in the world.
"Apple chose Cingular because they are the best and most popular
carrier in the US," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We are thrilled to be
offering our revolutionary new iPhone exclusively with Cingular, and look
forward to working together with them to create some wonderful new features
for our customers."
"By partnering with Apple, we are continuing our commitment to raising
the bar for customers," said Stan Sigman, Cingular's president and CEO. "We
think the iPhone is one of the most innovative devices ever created, and we
look forward to letting our customers be the first in the world to
experience the future of mobile phones."
iPhone's unique Visual Voicemail was co-developed by Apple and
Cingular. Visual Voicemail makes voicemail as fast and convenient as email
by allowing users to go directly to any of their voice messages without
listening to any of the prior messages.
iPhone will be available in the US beginning in June 2007 in a 4GB
model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599, and will work in combination with
Apple's iTunes(R) running on either a PC or Mac(R).
iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple's retail and online stores
(www.apple.com), and through Cingular's retail and online stores
Cingular wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States,
serving 58.7 million customers. Cingular is solely owned by AT&T Inc.
(NYSE: T), a premier communications holding company in the united states
and worldwide. Cingular has the largest digital voice and data network in
the nation -- the Allover Network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile
community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third
generation wire- less technology, featuring the first widely available
HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) service in the world. Cingular is
the only US wireless carrier to offer Rollover, the wireless plan that lets
customers keep their unused monthly minutes.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the
Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with
its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system,
and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the
digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes
NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh and iTunes are
trade- marks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of
their respective owners.
SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.